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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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    Vehicle Checkpoints

    Over the past decade the United States Supreme Court has decided three cases dealing with law enforcement checkpoints involving car stops by police officers without individualized suspicion to believe that the operator of the vehicle had done anything wrong. In Michigan v. Sitz, 496 U.S. 444 (1990), the Court approved of Sobriety Checkpoints where the police were acting pursuant to set ...
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    Once Immunized, Officer Must Tell the Truth

    Two recent cases from the United States Supreme Court make it clear that once a public employee is granted immunity by compelling the employee to respond to questions in an administrative interview, the employee must tell the truth or face exposure to further discipline or criminal charges.i _LaChance v. Erickson_ involved the questioning of federal employees. In each of the cases ...
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    The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of the "Lady Cop"

    Surviving in, and changing, the macho copshop, and how to cope with your police stress. I try to understand police stress from many points of view. But I am what I am (though I don't believe the common male delusion that I'm superior for being able to avail myself of these handsome porcelain facilities on the walls of police restrooms. Okay, ...
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    Reasonable Suspicion In School Drug Cases

    In establishing reasonable suspicion to conduct the search of a student, school officials and police officers assigned to schools should provide complete details of the facts which justified their decision to search. A case from the State of Washington provides a good example of the detail which will support such a search. State of Washington v. Huff, 2004 Wash. App. LEXIS ...
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    Municipal Insurance Pool Not Liable:Robbery and Murder by Police Trainee

    When a police employee acts outside the scope of their employment for purely personal purposes the employer and its insurer will not be liable. A case from the Court of Appeals of Georgia, 2nd Division, decided on April 21st provides an example of the ultimate bad case. Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency v. Godfrey, 2005 Ga. App. LEXIS 413 (GA. Ct. ...
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    United States Supreme Court: 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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    Crime Scenes: Stopping the Evidence Eradication Gremlins

    I remember years ago standing guard on a crime scene and hearing detectives lament that the "evidence eradication gremlins have been here." They were referring to first responders. Firefighters and EMS personnel handling emergency medical response to a patient (no offense to them as they are doing a necessary job) have particularly been long joked about in police circles as being ...
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    Bible Study Time

    Hi and welcome once again to the Chaplain’s Corner. I’ve had this idea keep coming back and coming back, so I guess I should pursue it. It isn’t often (and it has been a while) since I did something akin to a straight-up Bible study in the column. What I’d like to look at this time is a passage from the ...
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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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    More Than Just A Sleeve

    It is difficult, if not impossible, to train or maintain a patrol dog by yourself. At some point you will need someone to search for, apprehend or act as the aggressor to allow the dog to protect you. Over the years this other person has been known by a variety of titles. He has been called an agitator (because he gets ...
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    Hostages and the Legal Duty to Protect

    _Ewolski v. City of Brunswick_ provides an example of how decisions made by police officers and impacting the lives of hostages will be viewed by courts considering a duty to protect type claim.i The claim in Ewolski stemmed from the suicide of John Lekan and the homicide of Lekan’s son by John Lekan as a SWAT team moved in attempting to ...
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    Major Lesson Plan - Doctrine Seizure

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of plain view doctrine seizure Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to plain view 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 and any agency policy relating to ...
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    CHRT Selection Process

    Do you recognize this man? He’s 6’5”, can bench a car, able to lift a truck and squat a train, and crush a man with his bare hands? It sounds like an able bodied candidate for an operator. Unfortunately, he can’t run ½ mile without losing his breath, can’t fit into a caged bus without getting stuck in the 1st door, ...
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    Police Officer Suicide Prevention

    h4. Officers kill themselves at higher rate than general population The seasonal spike in suicides during the Christmas/New Years holiday period is no secret to veteran law enforcement officers. What may come as a surprise is the high number of officers that, to use the old phrase, "eat their gun." The recent suicides of two New Orleans Police officers during the ...
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    Quoting Statements in an Open Account: Truthful or Deceptive?

    During most interviews the investigator should develop an open, or narrative account from the subject. It is called an open account because the investigator’s question encourages the subject to relate everything relative to the area of inquiry and once the subject starts talking, the investigator does not interrupt the account. Examples of questions that elicit an open account include, “Mary tell ...
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    Renewed Challenges Based on Miranda

    Over the past couple of years courts have seen a renewed number of claims based upon allegations related to violations of the 5th Amendment self-incrimination clause as well as violations of the rule announced in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). Two cases decided on June 28th 2004 provide some guidance for law enforcement agencies with respect to the reaches ...
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    Training Liability & Use of Deadly Force

    Any time a law enforcement officer uses deadly force, the likelihood that a lawsuit will follow is almost a certainty. Most of these lawsuits are brought in the federal courts as civil rights claims based upon the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. These actions are brought under a federal statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 which creates civil liability when ...
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    State Level Training Commissions

    "Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission":http://www.apostc.state.al.us/ "Alaska Police Standards Council":http://www.dps.state.ak.us/apsc/asp/ "Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board":http://www.azpost.state.az.us/ "Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training":http://www.clest.org/aleta_home.html "California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission":http://www.post.ca.gov/ "Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board":http://www.ago.state.co.us/post_board.cfm?MenuPage=True "Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council":http://www.ct.gov/post/ "District of Columbia Peace Officer Standards and Training Board":http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1232,q,541040,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,%7C31417%7C.asp "Federal Law Enforcement Training Center":http://www.fletc.gov/ ...
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    Issues to Consider Regarding Possible Suicidal Suspects

    It was about 4:00 in the afternoon when one of our regular clients called and requested an "emergency" polygraph examination for a 19-year-old female employee they suspected was stealing jewelry from a kiosk in their store. In pursuing the urgent nature for the polygraph examination, it was learned that the suspected employee had been unsuccessfully "mildly" interrogated over the last two ...
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