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30th Anniversary: Tactical Hindsight

Ever long for "the good old days?" I know that some of you do. But before you decide to switch places with yesterday's cop, it's important for you to know that you have much better tools and tactics than we did 30 years ago.

October 1, 2006

Fatal Errors: Surviving Domestic Violence Calls
Old Cops Know "Stuff"

Old Cops Know "Stuff"

The big secret is to listen to these veteran cops, believe most of it, and put it into action in your own life. What I learned from older cops saved my life on several occasions.

October 1, 2004

The Honey Do

The Honey Do

In his right hand was what to my eyes appeared to be a very large handgun. From the snapshot image that imprinted itself into my brain, I guessed it might even be a Mac-10 machine pistol, judging by the threaded end of the short barrel.

November 1, 2002

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

One part of the domestic violence scenario that remains unchanged is its extreme danger for the law enforcement officer sent to restore order out of mayhem.

May 1, 2002

Battered Women: Why Do They Stay?

She walks into the police station, pregnant, and with two children in tow.  Her face is swollen, her hair matted with blood.  In an enraged voice she tells the police that she is tired of being beaten, wants her boyfriend arrested, and promises to prosecute this time.  Although they have heard all of this five times before, the police nevertheless take pictures and her statement, suspecting all along that the case will never see the inside of a courtroom.

October 1, 2000

Putting Out the Fire

Before you go scurrying to your training manuals to find out how some­one can be arrested for a felony when the basic crime is a misdemeanor, take a look at how San Diego (Calif.) police have managed to curb the number of domestic abuse homicides. Through an innovative domestic abuse policy, San Diego now has one of the lowest rates of domestic vio­lence homicides in the country.

March 1, 1996

Battles on the Homefront

Twenty years ago, typical domestic violence calls were brushed off as trivial disputes to be settled behind closed doors. Police would either admonish the couple to stop fighting or try to mediate their dispute. By the late 1980s, however, states began to treat domestic violence as a crime rather than a private affair.

March 1, 1996

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