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    Honor Guard 101: Presenting the Colors

    Honor Guard 101: Presenting the Colors
    The Presentation of the Colors is perhaps the most common assignment most honor guards perform each year. It is also one of the best opportunities you have to project a professional, polished image of your department to a large and varied segment of your community. You and your team inspire feelings of patriotism and pride in observers every time you present ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: The River Runs Over It

    Chaplain's Corner: The River Runs Over It
    Hi and welcome once again to the Chaplain’s Corner. It’s June already…time to think about fishing and swimming. Around here a lot of folks head out to the “slab” for both. It’s a good place to get sunburned or a citation for driving in the river bed. I guess the first thing I need to do is to describe “Scott’s Slab” ...
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    Traffic Stops and Control of Passengers

    In 1997, the United States Supreme Court held, in Maryland v. Wilson, that it is reasonable for officers to order passengers in a lawfully stopped automobile to exit the vehicle.i The court reasoned that there must be a balance during a traffic stop between the need of the police to maintain officer safety and the Fourth Amendment rights of passengers. The ...
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    Want a Confession? Then Ask for It!

    In my consulting work I review many, many video taped or even audio taped interviews. Of course there are some great interviews and occasionally some not so good. There are also many cases when the interviewer does an excellent job of controlling the subject through the 5 stress response states and perfectly attacks a subject's deception. One area that always seems ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: Here Am I, Send Me

    Chaplain's Corner: Here Am I, Send Me
    Hi and welcome once again to the Chaplain’s Corner. Probably a lot of you have heard the NetFlix commercials on the radio, so you’ll get the joke when I say “I’m going to have company, but no one is coming to the house. Who is it?” The answer is Chaplain Dave Gardner is coming to join us at The Chaplain’s Corner ...
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    Honor Guard 101: Retiree Funerals

    Honor Guard 101: Retiree Funerals
    Paying last respects to the ones who wore the uniform before us is one the highest honors the Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard carries out as team members. I want to discuss what we do to render honors to a fallen or retired officer at the time of their viewing. In this article I will discuss the topic of casket ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: What If Daniel Had Been a Cop?

    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. My last column took a look at the Old Testament character of Jonah and the whale and speculated how that might have gone down had Jonah been a LEO. In much the same vein, I want to try relating the account of Daniel in the lion’s den. (Again, let me make the disclaimer that ...
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    Terry Frisks and the Totality of the Circumstances

    Many officers are of the belief that if they have the legal right to detain a suspect, they can automatically frisk that suspect “for officer safety.” However, in 1968, the United States Supreme Court held that an officer may conduct a limited search (frisk) of a suspect for weapons when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect, who is detained pursuant ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: What If Jonah Had Been a Cop?

    Chaplain's Corner: What If Jonah Had Been a Cop?
    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. I believe that God is to be revered, respected, and worshiped in keeping with His awesome majesty. But I also believe that He has a sense of humor and that He doesn’t mind if we take a light-hearted look at Bible characters as long as we’re respectful. I’d been thinking about God understanding the ...
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    Investigator's Use of the Polygraph

    Increasing population growth, crime rates and new resistance to expansion of community services have all contributed to increased case loads for law enforcement. The polygraph, when properly used as an investigative tool to eliminate the wrongfully accused and identify the guilty, can provide the investigator with a more efficient and productive use of his case time. Unfortunately, misunderstanding and misuse as ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part III

    On Duty Tactics Officers responding to a call of an active shooter must realize they have been thrust into a position that calls for decisive action and what they decide to do can save lives and minimize casualties. Training can help prepare the first responding officers for the moment they arrive at the scene of such an incident. This is a ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part II

    Five Phases of the Active Shooter A simple view of the active shooter was developed and is being trained by Lt. Dan Marcou retired from the La Crosse, Wisconsin Police Department. He developed the program while working for the La Crosse Police Department and was able to apply the philosophy with real world success. One of the successes earned Officer Bob ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part I

    Once Upon a Time in America: Picture yourself attending a lecture in an auditorium of a local College, where you are taking classes to complete your master’s degree. You are an off duty police officer seated in the audience listening to a presentation on community policing by a highly esteemed professor, when suddenly a heavily armed man dressed in black bursts ...
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    Terrorism Mindset

    Tonight when the house is quiet go into your child’s room and watch them sleep. Then picture the following scenario in your mind. It’s another day of the usual. You take your child to school and you are waiting to drop her off. Suddenly, a truckload of armed men (and women) take you and a thousand more adults and students hostage. ...
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    Try a Little P.A.S. in Your Interview

    The four step process of Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation® is orientation, narration, cross-examination and resolution. After the subject has presented their statement or alibi during the "narration" phase, the interviewer then takes the opportunity to address any incomplete answers or contradictions in the subject's statement as well as obvious conflict between the statement and forensic details. The "cross-examination" technique chosen ...
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    Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity

    A ten-year old girl cowers in the corner of a dirty dark room. Standing in front of her is a full-grown man. It is not her father, brother or friend. He is not there to punish her for a wrongful act or comfort her in a time of crisis. He is there to commit an act against her that few of ...
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    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: The Code of the Pards

    DEPUTY'S OBSERVATIONS: The Code of the Pards
    One of the first deputies that I met when I was a young rookie deputy marshal was a gentleman named H. Philip Ford. “Phil” Ford was a senior deputy at our El Cajon Courthouse and to me he was ten feet tall and could do no wrong. He had been there and done that and some of it he had done ...
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    Methamphetamine Driven Combat Operations

    Based on combat observations and medical studies by the US and British military it is becoming apparent that methamphetamine use among the terrorist population is on a dramatic increase. Used as a strategic tool methamphetamine offers those in the Iraqi Area of Operations a whole new trend of issues that compromise the safety of those combating terrorism. Whether operating as a ...
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    NarcoTerror

    Since September 11, 2001 the citizens of the United States have been introduced to a type of warfare that they are not very familiar with and not altogether comfortable being involved in. We are now facing groups of individuals who operate in a manner that is concealed, motivated and “group-serving”. They show themselves at will and either die in the carnage ...
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    Honor Guard 101: Line of Duty Funeral Protocol

    Honor Guard 101: Line of Duty Funeral Protocol
    You get one chance to make a first impression. This is the motto all Honor Guard commanders and coordinators should have when planning the funeral of a fallen officer. I have had the unfortunate task of coordinating three line-of-duty funerals for the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department in my 18 years on the team. It will be one of the most ...
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