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Editorial: The Year Chicago Died

Editorial: The Year Chicago Died

The Windy City is experiencing a terrifying wave of violence that is being abetted by progressive politicians and their policies.

September 15, 2021

Data Tactics

Data Tactics

To counter arguments of the media and activists, we need to do a better job capturing and sharing data on attacks against us.

February 8, 2018

Lying with Numbers

Lying with Numbers

The press and anti-police activists love to use statistics to slam police, but their interpretation is biased and they cook the data by leaving out key variables.

February 7, 2018

Crime: A Perfect Storm

America's rising crime rate is being driven by early release of violent prisoners, ineffective handling of criminal aliens, and the prosecution of police officers for doing their jobs, which makes officers hesitant to do their jobs.

September 30, 2015

The Detroit Blues

The Detroit Blues

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

October 10, 2013

What's Really Going On With Crime Rates

What's Really Going On With Crime Rates

For all its censuring of personnel for on-duty trysts and off-duty DUIs, the profession pays curiously little attention to an ongoing transgression perpetrated within it: stat fudging. Misreporting statistics about crime is not a new phenomenon.

October 9, 2013

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

July 25, 2011

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

Two of the basic questions you have when you write an investigative report are "What to put in?" and "What to leave out?" Although these are legitimate questions-because you normally couldn't possibly write down everything you know about a case-it's important to understand that certain things you might consider leaving out should actually be included.

December 1, 2007

The Power of Field Contacts

Simply put, the more information you have in a case, the better your chances of solving it. While this is common knowledge to most officers, we tend to forget that using field contacts is one of the easiest ways of gaining intelligence in our own cities.

September 1, 2006

Picture This

Although digital cameras are certainly high-tech and have a lot more power and control than their film predecessors, they are still only as good as the officer holding them.

May 1, 2006

Crime Scene Response for the Patrol Officer

Report Writing Tune-Up

One of the most ignored aspects of our work is report writing. But it shouldn’t be. Whether we are patrol officers or investigators, we write reports each and every day. And these reports stay with us from the day we write them all the way through the court process and beyond.

June 1, 2005

Slicing the Pie

Slicing the Pie

The first phase of the Iraq War alone cost $79 billion and more than $100 billion may be spent on the reconstruction of Iraq. Back at home, American cities received only a relative pittance to fund their new homeland security duties, despite being deemed the front lines of response to terrorist attacks.

November 1, 2004

Be On the Lookout

Be On the Lookout

Numerous high-tech gadgets are now being deployed by law enforcement to catch or stop car thieves.

October 1, 2004

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