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Two Tools for Field Communications

Two Tools for Field Communications

Two models may help your field conversations, depending on who you're talking to. Introduce-Explain-Ask is a service-oriented approach for relatively low-stress encounters. For tougher, more volatile situations, you can use Ask-Tell-Make.

November 9, 2018

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

How To Conduct an Area Canvass

You need to do a thorough search of the area surrounding a crime scene to develop leads and solve crimes.

November 3, 2017

Beware Bad Guys on Bikes

Beware Bad Guys on Bikes

Each year more criminals are using bicycles as a way to enhance their criminal activities. This article will go over some strategies and tactics to consider when dealing with such suspicious persons.

April 4, 2013

Surviving Foot Patrol

Surviving Foot Patrol

The benefits of foot beats are many and this type of patrol should be a fundamental aspect in any community policing model. But after being directed to an assigned area or neighborhood to walk, an officer and his or her department should have sound strategies in place for how best to accomplish this mission in a safe and productive manner.

November 18, 2011

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Loose Lips Sink Ships

It's always best to say as little as possible when interacting with citizens. Any sensitive information you provide could come back to bite you—and everyone else involved in the case. Here are some reminders of other wrongheaded ideas that could lead you to say or do something you shouldn't and royally muck up a case.

September 22, 2011

10 Top Law Enforcement Apps

10 Top Law Enforcement Apps

POLICE Magazine has identified 10 smartphone apps that provide potent tools for patrol officers. These 10 law enforcement apps should keep you engaged in your investigations and may just save you a trip back to the station.

August 5, 2011

Reading Body Language: Leaky People

Reading Body Language: Leaky People

Experts say when we interact with others we are always "leaking" with our face or body what we are thinking or feeling. My wife, the Sarge, has a way of refusing to acknowledge what I am saying and demanding to know what I am actually "thinking," since I'm apparently a pretty bad "leaker."

April 14, 2011

Investigating Gang Homicides

Investigating Gang Homicides

A gang murder investigation requires your best detective skills to solve the crime and protect the witnesses.

October 22, 2010

Identifying and Documenting Gang Members

Identifying and Documenting Gang Members

Patrol officers are an essential source of gang information and usually make up the front line defense against gangs. Through field contacts and observations, they can supply confirmation of an individual's gang membership.

September 23, 2010

Eyes on the Street

Eyes on the Street

In cases involving gang violence, get to the scene quickly, find the witnesses, and document who these witnesses are and what they say. Then if gang members do change their version of events, at least it can be explained why this person did what he or she did.

October 1, 2008

Unmixing Mixed-Up Concepts

How many times have you heard the expression "PC for the stop"? How about the application of Miranda once the suspect is "not free to leave?" These are common examples of improper mixing that can undercut the case against a guilty perpetrator.

January 1, 2008

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

Going Door to Door

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

July 1, 2006

Perimeter Concerns

Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.

April 1, 2006

Digging Deeper

There is a saying in law enforcement, "We deal with 10 percent of the population 90 percent of the time." And whoever said it first had to be a patrol officer.

July 1, 2005

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