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    Narcotics,Explosives & General Poison Antidotes

    Signs of poisoning vary depending on the type of substance your dog has ingested. If you suspect your dog has consumed some form of poisonous substance, contact your veterinarian immediately. A poison control center can also provid valuable information to you as to what steps to take. Treatment is often identical to treat ment that would be given humans in similar ...
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    Helpful Hints: Drug-Dependent Behavior

    A person who has overdosed should be treated as a medical emergency, and police officers must be able to recognize the symptoms. Acute opiate overdose is characterized by a marked unresponsiveness, in the presence of very slow or labored breathing. Needle marks and/or tracks will be noted. The pupils are pinpoints, and both pulse and heartbeat are extremely slow. If the ...
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    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part III

    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol: Part III
    Within a few days of my first precinct assignment, I had an enlightenment in my lack of real training. I realized very quickly I was not sufficiently trained to deal with the complex tactical situations in the South Bronx. Since that time I have always been openminded to continuing education. I felt like a school kid who forgot his books when ...
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    Roll-Call Training: Exigent Entry

    **Hypothetical:** An officer sees a man carrying an open alcoholic beverage on a public street. Public drinking is an offense in the jurisdiction and carries a penalty of a one hundred dollar fine. When the man sees the officer he runs down the street and into a house. +Question:+ Can the officer pursue the man into the house under the exigent ...
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    Succeeding as an Assistant Chief

    I still clearly recall the telephone call: I was recuperating at home from shoulder surgery that had taken place a few weeks earlier.  Because I was a captain at the time and responsible for a police district, my surgeon told me to stay out of work until I could safely handle my field and administrative responsibilities.  In the few weeks ...
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    DNA Evidence

    _Note: Ensure Officer Safety - Be Careful With Biohazards_ *1. Avoid Contamination* p((. Wear gloves — change them often p((. Use disposable instruments or clean them thoroughly before & after handling each sample p((. Avoid touching area where you believe DNA may exist p((. Avoid talking, sneezing, & coughing over evidence p((. Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth when collecting ...
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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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    Retention of ID During a Consensual Encounter

    The Supreme Court of Florida recently decided an important case regarding consensual encounters. In Golphinv. Florida, two police officers were on patrol in an area of Daytona Beach that is known for prostitution and narcotics traffic. The police officers were specifically in that area to conduct field interviews with individuals in that area. The officers observed a group of approximately five ...
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    Arrest & Detention of Foreign Nationals

    *Steps to follow when a foreign national is arrested or detained:* 1. Determine the foreign national’s country. In the absence of other information, assume this is the country on whose passport or other travel document the foreign national travels. 2. If the foreign national’s country is not on the mandatory notification list than: p((. Offer, without delay, to notify the foreign ...
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    Infectious Diseases

    +Report every exposure and seek immediate treatment!+ Disease Spread by... Risk to you... AIDS / HIV IV / sex / blood products Lowers immune function, preumonias, cancer Anthrax Cutaneous: contact with skin Infection =25% mortality, but much lower if treated Ingestion: eating contaminated meat Infection = high mortality, unless treated with antibiotics Pulmonary: inhaled spores Infection = 95% morality, but much ...
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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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    Clean Your Weapon!

    Clean Your Weapon!
    Ask any good, seasoned patrol officer the importance of maintaining your everyday equipment and you might get a response like "Do cars need gas to run? Or, does a marathon runner need shoes to run in?" Having clean, up-to-date equipment such as a charged Taser or a full can of OC spray is important, but not nearly as important as maintaining ...
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    Psychological First Aid

    Just as officers can administer physical first aid to someone who has been injured in an auto accident, they also can apply psychological first aid to those with acute emotional reactions to disasters. The officers' principal goal is to return the greatest number of people to effective functioning in the shortest time. In responding to stress or disaster situations, officers should ...
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    Leadership in the 21st Century

    When we talk about leadership, we generally refer to a leader as a person of character. As facilities embrace the progressively trained model of team composition, some say you must respect the rank instead of the man. Although I cannot disagree with this, I also say that to respect the rank and ignore the man behind the rank is to drive ...
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    Getting Broken in on the Job

    I arrived at C.O.P.S. Spouses’ Retreat the weekend of September 18-21, 2009, at the YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi, Missouri, after only one month as the Marketing Coordinator for Concerns of Police Survivors. I knew the organization dealt with death, dying, and grief; yet I was not prepared for what I saw. I was instantly introduced to a young widow who ...
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    The Ticket – Part 1

    Hi, and welcome once again to the “Hot & Dry Edition,” I mean, August edition of the Chaplain’s Corner. I said it last year and I have to say it again; “Here it is almost football season again and still no rain.” At least none to speak of…two years of drought. It’s getting old. Sigh. You know it’s been a while ...
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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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    Medic Up!

    Every team should have a medic. The problem in the past is that medics have been ignored. Until recently, teams have simply adopted medics. Many CERT - SOU Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams throughout the country now incorporate combat medics that are certified from PA, EMT's, Full Paramedics, or etc. These men are often the team's lifeline. With responsibilities for ...
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    Defensive Demeanor Profile

    All our individual behaviors are learned through the trial and error process from our life experiences. If a behavior is successful during a stress period, it’s likely it will be used again. If it fails, we adapt our behaviors to overcome the failed attempt to relieve stress. This unique cluster of stress response is what we call the “Defensive Demeanor Profile” ...
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    Early Intervention Systems For Law Enforcement

    Law enforcement administrators throughout the country have long recognized that a small percentage of officers are responsible for a disproportionate share of complaints, which can tarnish the reputation of the entire agency. Since the early 1980’s, many large police agencies began to establish tracking systems that systematically identify patterns of behavior of individual officers. This is a problem solving approach which ...
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