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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.

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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.

Olympus Introduces VN-541PC Audio Recorder

Olympus has updated its popular VN Series with the introduction of the VN-541PC audio recorder, engineered for smart functionality, intuitive operations, and one-touch recording.

Haystax Releases Mobile Field Interview Application for Law Enforcement

The Haystax Mobile Field Interview Application is designed to streamline data entry for law enforcement agencies by providing an end-to-end digital data management system. The new app auto-populates data and finds related cases, providing an enormous time savings.

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

There is something discomforting in hearing a convicted cop killer say, "He got careless, so I wasted him." But how often can a mere six words leave such an indelible imprint on our mind and help get us through our shifts?

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.

New Video Footage Brings Scrutiny To Bronx Arrest

A new snippet of video of a rough arrest in the Bronx in late January by New York City police officers has brought further scrutiny on the officers involved.

Whatever Happened to Verbal Judo?

Today's up-and-coming cops have mastered texting, sexting, e-mailing, and Facebook but are less accomplished when it comes to face-to-face interfacing. That’s the art of conversation—and therefore the ability to verbally de-escalate situations—is dying out.

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.

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.