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    Student showing propensity for violence can be required to undergo psychiatric evaluation

    Demers v. Leominster School Dept., 263 F.Supp. 2d 195 (Dist. MA 2003). Michael Demers and his parents filed a federal lawsuit against school officials after he was suspended from school following his refusal to undergo a psychiatric exam. The suit alleged among other things, a violation of Michael’s due process rights. School officials sought to have Michael psychiatrically examined after he ...
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    Right Equipment for the Right Environment

    There are many teams that have spent money blindly or ignorantly, and teams that purchase equipment based on find-the-cheapest mentality. These teams do not do service to their responsibility. I have also seen professional teams like MN DOC SOG, CT DOC SOG, San Joaquin SO, Solano CSO, who make the correct decisions, even when difficult, regarding staffing and equipment. These units ...
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    Overview: Concerns of Police Survivors

    Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) is the only organization dedicated to providing support services to the families of America's fallen law enforcement officers. With state and local chapters across the country, COPS members are immediately available to offer support to new survivors during their time of needs. COPS sponsors seminars and retreats to spouses, children, and parents of fallen officers on ...
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    Moving from Riot Troopers to 21st Century CERT Operators

    With more than 3,000 CERT teams in the US and 1,000 teams internationally, this article discusses what it means to be a 21st Century CERT Operator. I’m writing this article in response to a number of inquiries I’ve received from the field by clients and attendees who have heard me speak or have been trained by US C-SOG SOU teams. What ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Strip Searches

    Major Lesson Plan: Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of conducting a strip search during booking. Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge with respect to some of the current issues surrounding strip search Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where agency resources allow. Materials: Law Enforcement Risk ...
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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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    Failure to Have Policy on a Critical TaskSearch and Seizure May Lead to Liability

    Solis v. City of Columbus, 319 F.Supp. 2d 797 (S.D. Ohio 2004), provides an example of potential agency liability for the failure to have a policy in place that will protect the rights of citizens in their homes. Solis involved the execution of a search warrant by a SWAT team following an investigation conducted by Detective Cox. Detective Cox was working ...
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    U.S. Supreme Court Exigent Entry at Loud Music Call

    Brigham City v. Stuart, involved a fairly typical police event. Officers from Brigham City were called at 3:00 a.m. about a loud party at a residence. Two officers approached the house and heard yelling and what sounded like a disturbance at the rear of the house. The officers documented the fact that they heard “thumping and crashing” and someone yelling “stop, ...
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    US Supreme Court Argument - Scott v. Harris (Ramming During High Speed Pursuit)

    On Monday February 26, 2007 the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Scott v. Harris, a case stemming from a high-speed pursuit in Coweta County Georgia. Harris, the motorist was speeding through Coweta County which drew the attention of law enforcement. Officers attempted to stop Harris, at which point he fled at high-speed. Deputy Scott of the Coweta County ...
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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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    The Modern CERT Warrior and Self Audit

    You Can Get There from Here! In the April CERT e-letter, you saw a chart that broke down the equipment and operational capabilities of CERT units from levels one to four. We shared that chart with you because during the past two years, our trainers have identified a promising trend in CERT operations: Team self-audits. I am encouraged by the increasing ...
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    Carrying a Knife: Officer Safety and Administrative Considerations

    The carrying of a knife by on duty law enforcement officers has become quite widespread. Officers spend a lot of time reading through police and military supply catalogs and comparing knives. Unfortunately, few officers have contemplated a host of issues that come with the packing of the edged weapon. Here are a few of the items for you to ponder when ...
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    Hotwall - Coldwall Phenomenon in Building Searches

    On a warm Las Vegas night a muscular German Shepherd searched through a series of dark offices. His deputy sheriff handler followed cautiously behind. At the end of the hallway the deputy saw a large door. He whistled, pointed his flashlight at the wall on the hinge side of the door and said, "Station." The dog immediately obeyed by going to ...
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    Hidden Compartment in Motor Vehicle Can Provide Probable Cause for Search

    United States v. Concepcion-Ledesma, 447 F.3d 1307 (10th Cir. 2006) Just the Facts… On May 16, 2006 the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the above case, held that the presence of a hidden compartment in vehicle, taken with the totality of the circumstances, provides probable cause for a warrantless search. In this case, a Kansas State Trooper observed a group ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Pursuit Judgment

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with pursuit decisions. Objective: Provide officers with training on judgment/decision making ability with respect to pursuits. Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where agency resources allow Materials: Law Enforcement Risk Management Legal Update, March 2004; Department Pursuit Policy Hypothetical presented: Officers observe a speeding ...
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    Moving from Riot Troopers to 21st Century CERT Operators

    This topic has both rattled a number of cages in the past and opened the eyes of many agencies in the community. I am writing this article to respond to the more than 2,000 emails I have received from my initial article on this subject several months ago. This article will pick up where I left off. With more than 3,000 ...
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    Tasered Spectator Has Potential Case of Excessive Force and Unlawful Arrest

    Following a day of watching races at the Gateway International Raceway, Christopher DeSalvo was watching guests of the Holiday Inn do “burnouts” with their vehicles in the rear lot of the hotel. Approximately 100-150 guests were gathered for the show. The gathering and the vehicle “burnouts” prompted the response of the police. Officer Krug, upon responding a second time to the ...
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    K9 Team Stress Management

    Police Officers historically have had high stress levels in their careers. They are prone to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and premature deaths as a direct result of the job we do. Our stresses within the job vary with each shift, and unlike the steady stresses that occur from financial burdens, home difficulties etc., our stress includes those problems, but is ...
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    Combating Team Fatigue

    Intro Over the past few months, I've traveled a lot to and from Asia. US C-SOG is doing a lot of training in the Southeast Asia sphere of operations, and my trainers have commented about the challenge of providing tough, realistic, and safe training even as they are themselves worn out. I don't have to tell you that in its best ...
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    The Forgotten Piece of Equipment: Handcuffs

    Many of us in law enforcement remember to maintain our firearms. As a firearms instructor, I'm part of that group of trainers that has hammered the message home. Unfortunately, few remember to check our less glamorous piece of equipment: our handcuffs. Most veteran officer's handcuff maintenance practices are a far cry from those early days in the police academy when the ...
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