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North Carolina Agency Implements "Written Consent" Policy, Limiting Search Powers

A police advocacy group, the N.C. Police Benevolent Association, opposes the proposed policy, saying it should include a way for officers to bypass the written requirement if it is not safe or practical. The group would continue to oppose the practice, which isn't backed by law, said PBA President John Midgette.

November 1, 2019

Reasons why the SureFire Stiletto® Gives you Tactical Advantages Every Time
A Training Solution for Searching Female Suspects

A Training Solution for Searching Female Suspects

Female searches can be problematic for cops of both genders. Male officers are hamstrung by an inability to conduct such pat-downs, and female officers by their male counterparts' need to bring them to the scene to do the job.

February 24, 2011

Concealed Suspects: Into the Hearts of Darkness
The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

In smaller agencies, policy manuals—if they existed—were just a few policy statements. Now there are multiple bound volumes that no officer can be expected to memorize, let alone understand. — Tom Aveni, Police Policy Studies Council

October 1, 2008

How to Tell When You Need a Search Warrant

The general rule-of-thumb is to try to get a warrant whenever possible. On the other hand, if you can seize evidence without engaging in a search, you don't need either a warrant or any exception.

March 1, 2008

How to Justify Officer Safety Searches

On average, 60,000 officers are assaulted on the job every year. That's an average of 164 per day. The risk level you face on the job makes it important not only to resist complacency and to follow prudent tactics, but also to understand how to ensure that your interactions with suspects are constitutionally justifiable, so that you are never forced to choose between being safe and being sued.

October 1, 2007

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