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    Recognizing Methamphetamine Use

    When a drug like methamphetamine ("meth") hits an area, all rules are thrown out the window. Meth use and abuse will ultimately result in delinquent and criminal behavior, often in the form of secondary crimes to fuel the use/addiction. Families are usually the first victims out of convenience, but after awhile, general crime (including violent offenses) will be the end result. ...
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    DEPUTY’S OBSERVATIONS: Why Do We Carry Handguns?

    DEPUTY’S OBSERVATIONS:  Why Do We Carry Handguns?
    Why do we carry handguns? It was a question asked of me many years ago while I had the honor to serve as the bailiff to a judge of the Superior Court. He was a remarkable man who spent most of his career as a top prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office, but for three-years he served as one of the ...
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    Drug Enforcement and Holsters

    When I transferred to a countywide Drug Task Force in January 1996 I thought I had considered everything that would be relevant to my new assignment. I was wrong. I went from wearing a full police uniform and gun belt to jeans and T-shirts – in other words plain clothes. I quickly was presented the issue of how was I going ...
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    Add PoliceLink to Your Website

    Have your own website? Here's a great way to spread the word about PoliceLink. Just copy and paste the code from the text box below the image of your choice into the HTML body of your page. PoliceLink is now offering all department and member-owned websites the opportunity for partnership and link swapping. Email: info@policelink.com for more information. h4. Text Links ...
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    Made in America

    Made in America
    American law enforcement is seeing a whole new phenomenon erupt in the drug enforcement business. Over the past several years the explosion of clandestine methamphetamine labs has forced us into a whole new way of thinking and the way we do our jobs. Drug enforcement in general has adapted over the years to keep up with those involved in the drug ...
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    Becoming a Narc

    Becoming a Narc
    I was transferred to the local Drug Task Force in January 1996. I was straight out of the uniform division and I can now admit that my drug enforcement experience was limited to pulling a little bit of dope out of someone’s pocket after an unrelated arrest. After I was transferred I asked myself what was I stepping into. Here is ...
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    Narcs and Weapons

    As a drug enforcement officer / detective working undercover (UC) is the grass roots of what we do. This can be as complex as interjecting yourself into an organization or as simple as pretending to be a drunk passed out of a bench in order to conduct some type of strategic surveillance. Either way you are pretending to be someone you ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: A Look at The Book

    Chaplain's Corner: A Look at The Book
    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. I survived turning 55! Wasn’t such a big deal after all. And March is here again. That means severe storm season will soon be upon us here in central Texas and that could be a big deal. We badly need the rain, but the hail and damaging winds and potential tornadoes I can do ...
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    Preventing Blow Outs During Pursuits

    Preventing Blow Outs During Pursuits
    Every so often, we come across something that stimulates our interest. For me, I’m a car guy, and if it has a motor, wheels and goes fast enough to scare me, that’s a good thing. For the last 22 years, I’ve been teaching cops at our academy the best strategies to avoid traffic accidents when operating emergency vehicles under some very ...
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    Training In the Shadow Of A Sacred Cow

    Training In the Shadow Of A Sacred Cow
    The subject is emergency vehicle operations instruction, but I suppose that all disciplines of knowledge and/or skill could fall prey to the same issue. Everybody reading this has seen the phenomenon. A program gets developed, the standards set, and the instructors trained. The program continues down the tracks originally laid by the programs founders, and few things, if any change. What ...
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    Putting an End to Pursuit Collisions

    Putting an End to Pursuit Collisions
    A Law Enforcement Pursuit is one of the most dangerous performance skills that a police officer can do. In recent years there have been drastic changes with department pursuit policies and training. Although many states require some form of training in reference to pursuits, several do not. There are four issues that are causing one third of all pursuits around the ...
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    Chaplain’s Corner: How Wonderful Is Love like This?

    Chaplain’s Corner: How Wonderful Is Love like This?
    Hey! You came back for more of the Chaplain’s Corner. I must of said something right. Last time I wrote about love as described in the book of I Corinthians in the New Testament of the Bible and question: “Does our love measure up?” I went on to open my Bible to the concordance in the back and looked at the ...
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    Chaplain’s Corner: Does a Cop's Love Measure Up?

    Chaplain’s Corner: Does a Cop's Love Measure Up?
    Hello, and welcome to February and to the Chaplain’s Corner. Oh, before I get started, something I think I forgot to mention in my intro…I write from a decidedly Christian (but not a denominational) perspective and will mention the name and person of Jesus in some articles. Now that I’ve gotten that little disclaimer out of the way… February brings some ...
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    Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Discrimination

    *+The Need for Policy and Training+* Utilizing the Walker formula previously cited: Does the policy-maker and/or trainer know to a moral certainty that officers will face situations that may involve sexual harassment, discrimination or misconduct in the law enforcement profession? Would an officer be better equipped to deal with these situations if trained and directed by policy? Is there likely to ...
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    Active Shooter Reality Check

    Active Shooter Reality Check
    "We don't have to worry because emergency responders will be here in no time." "Our SWAT Team is the best in the county and will take care of the threat before they can do any substantial harm." "We instinctively know what to do during an emergency. People are like that you know." Which one of the above is true? The ...
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    FREE Informed Field Guide

    FREE Informed Field Guide
    PoliceLink has partnered with Informed, the premier publisher for public safety field guides, to provide our members with exclusive downloadable versions of the new 3rd Edition Law Enforcement Field Guide, free of charge. The new 3rd edition Law Enforcement Field Guide™ offers instant access to vital information for all law enforcement, corrections, and reserve officers, including supervisors & commanders. It puts ...
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    Chaplain's Corner: Introducing Chaplain Bill Wolfe

    763 - Llano. I'm 10-41, 10-8. For nearly nine years now that's been my standard greeting to dispatch as I start a new shift as Deputy Wolfe, Llano County Sheriff's Department. So it seemed fitting somehow that I use it as I start this new "shift" - writing for PoliceLink. Welcome to the PoliceLink Chaplain's Corner. I contacted PoliceLink about writing ...
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    Suspicious Package / Substance

    _Note: Ensure responder safety_ *1. Initial Screening:* p((. Is there a written threat with the package? p((. Was there any other associated threat? p((. Is it part of another device such as an improvised explosive device? p((. Are there medical indications concerning a hazardous material exposure? p((. +Is there...+ p((((. Excessive postage p((((. Incorrect titles p((((. Title but no name p((((. ...
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    Explosives

    _Note: Ensure responder safety_ *1. General Information* p((. Explosive devices may be designed to disseminate chemical, biological or radiological agents p((. Explosives may produce secondary hazards such as unstable structures, damaged utilities, hanging debris, void spaces and other physical hazards p((. Devices may contain anti-personnel features such as nails, shrapnel, fragmentation design or other material p((. Outward warning signs: p((((. • ...
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    Active Shooter Response

    _Note: Ensure officer safety_ *1. Determine if Situation Requires Immediate Entry:* p((. Is violence actually taking place? p((. Is it occurring now? p((. If yes — make immediate entry. p((. Follow your agency “Active Shooter Protocol.” *2. Communications:* p((. Notify Dispatch Center of entry p((. Advise Dispatch Center of entry location(s) Next: "Explosives":http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/9757-explosives Previous: "HAZMAT Placards":http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/9755-hazmat-placards Download the FREE mini guide ...
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