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Synthetic Drugs: In-Custody Deaths May Spike

Synthetic Drugs: In-Custody Deaths May Spike

A face-chewing attack in Miami and several other bizarre assaults have opened law enforcement's eyes to a new wave of designer synthetic drugs that turn its users into monsters.

July 27, 2012

Video: The Hazards of 'Bath Salts'

Video: The Hazards of 'Bath Salts'

Officers who may confront a subject under the influence of bath salts must approach with caution. However, several doctors interviewed by POLICE Magazine offered suggestions for dealing with this emerging threat.

June 5, 2012

Video: Fighting Fire With Fire

Video: Fighting Fire With Fire

I believe that police unions can get together to produce an educational video exploring the matter of force. Since we know the news media isn't going to grant us the air time to actually run our wonderful and well-produced infommercial, we can post the video on YouTube.

January 30, 2012

The Danger of the Surrendering Suspect

The Danger of the Surrendering Suspect

When we're apprehending a suspect who is surrendering, we're at our most vulnerable. This is precisely what suspects are counting on, and they'll look for an advantage to escape. It's known as fight or flight, and can often be fight and flight.

February 18, 2011

Eliminate These 'D' Words From Your Vocabulary

Eliminate These 'D' Words From Your Vocabulary

The first step to positively communicate is to delete the word "don't" from your vocabulary. The rationale behind this is simple. When you use the word "don't" as part of your feedback or direction, your mind must first figure out what it is not supposed to do.

September 29, 2010

Home Is Where the Fight Is

Home Is Where the Fight Is

Admittedly, use-of-force situations are extremely fluid; an officer may not have the opportunity to say so much as "Hi," before it's off to the races and an eventual altercation ends up in some distant backyard.

June 16, 2010

How to Handle Hecklers

How to Handle Hecklers

There's something about asshole opportunists successfully baiting cops and getting paid off for it that just rubs me the wrong way.

May 27, 2010

Talking Them Down

I have had many experiences on patrol and SWAT call-outs where being a female definitely benefited in my negotiating with the suspect and eventually getting him to surrender peacefully or to do what I wanted him to do.

December 16, 2009

Gift of Gab

When you're a police officer, you don't need to have the best gift of gab. Just avoid making the stupidest comment on the street.

July 15, 2009

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