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California Department Finds Response Times Longer than Hoped

The San Francisco Police Department had been reporting its response to Priority A calls at five and a half minutes but in a recent report revised that estimate to seven minutes.

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Looking Back: Child Burn Victims, Recruiting Women, and a Female Motor Officer

In past August issues, POLICE has covered how to investigate children’s burn injuries, efforts to hire female officers, and one woman’s experience as a motor officer.

California Officer Responds to Shots Fired Call in Classic 1954 Ford Show Car

"I was driving our ‘54 Ford to the Veterans Day Ceremony and Car show at Gibbel Park yesterday morning when I heard one of our Officers was being shot at over the police radio,” the Hemet PD officer said.

Exclusive Police Survey: Body Cameras

Body cameras have become so important in contemporary law enforcement in a very short time that of the readers who responded that they are using them, 81% said they were required to use them by their agency. That puts these devices in the same category as uniforms and radios and duty guns.

Interacting with Homeless People

Homeless individuals can be a useful source of information about life on the streets, but only if the patrol cops who come across them treat them like human beings. 

Civil Unrest Response Equipment

From ballistic protection to batons, these pieces of gear are built to meet your needs in any civil unrest situation.

Policy Won't Stop Vehicle Attacks

Unrealistic policies make it tougher for officers to respond quickly in vehicle ramming situations like the attack in Nice, France.

Robbery at a Fast Food Restaurant

You get a call at 1:30 a.m. that the freezer alarm has been sounded at a local fast food restaurant with drive-through service that's located in a high-traffic tourist area of town. There are rarely, if ever, false alarms at this location.

IACP 2013: Holder Emphasizes Patrol Response to Active Shooters

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told law enforcement leaders that patrol officers should be the nation's first line of defense against active shooters while speaking at the IACP Conference in Philadelphia.

What CSIs Want You to Know

As for responding officers, the question for us becomes twofold. First, do we appreciate the importance of CSI's role and, second (oftentimes more important), do we appreciate the importance of our own role in crime scene handling and processing?