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Profiling an Active Shooter

Just like other criminals, active shooters fit a profile. Read this guide to identify their six common traits.

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Oklahoma Trooper Gets Murder-Mystery Novel Published

Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph loves writing, but lucky for lead-footed motorists, she has another outlet besides her ticket book. Randolph's first novel, a murder-mystery titled Tokens of the Liars, is about to hit bookstores.

Book Review: 'If There Were Any Victims'

Author Bill Louis says Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office never investigated hundreds of crimes in the town of El Mirage, Ariz., which it was contracted to do from 2005 to 2007, and Louis was left to pick up the pieces after the fact.

Realistic Optimism

Real optimism isn't just expecting good things to happen; it is how you internally explain to yourself the bad things that happen and what you do about them. Everyone is going to suffer bad events.

Can Education Cure Gang Members?

There seems to be an illogical perception in the U.S. that "bad guys," especially those associated with criminal gangs, are dumb—or at least uneducated. But education is not an elixir to cure the diseases of immorality or an upbringing steeped in situational ethics. It can't teach the gift of empathy for another human being.

Decision-Making Traps

Law enforcement is filled with decision-making. You need to go deeper in your understanding of this near art form. To improve your own skills, you need to learn about decision-making traps and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

Take Time to Play

In his book, "Play," Stuart Brown, M.D., explains how play doesn't just reduce our stress and open our minds, it also exercises and grows our brains. Yep, to grow some brain, play a game.

Developing a Warrior Mindset

A mindset is developed when you employ a fixed mental attitude that predetermines your response to a given situation. For example, your attitudes toward something help develop your response or approach. Your mindset becomes your approach.

Retired CHP Officer Claims Cover-Up In Zodiac Killer Case

In "The Zodiac Killer Cover Up," former California Highway Patrol Officer Lyndon Lafferty claims there was a massive law enforcement coverup that prevented the killer from being caught.

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Video: A Book Review, Dumbass Video, and Two Rants

Today's cops must deal with jackasses baiting them into taking reasonable actions and old-guard officers bent on telling them how much harder it was in earlier times.