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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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    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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    Shooting At Non-Threatening Fleeing Vehicle May Violate 4th Amendment

    In Flores v. City of Palacios and Officer Kalina, 381 F.3d 391 (5th Cir. 2004), the United States Court of Appeal for the 5th Circuit considered a case where an officer shot at a vehicle that refused to stop upon his command. Officer Kalina was on patrol when he shined his spotlight toward a vehicle that was parked on the wrong ...
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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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    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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    K9 Officers Approach To Blood Contaminated Scenes - Cautions re: Source of Odor

    On an early fall morning, the 911 dispatcher for the Langley R.C.M.P. Detachment in British Columbia received a frantic call from an elderly woman saying a man had just broken into her home. While she was talking to the emergency operator, patrol members were dispatched to the scene. Corporal Haworth and police service dog Smokey responded to the call to back ...
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    It Doesn’t Work That Way

    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. Have you heard this one before? “The best laid plans of mice and men...” My Dear Ol’ Dad used to say: “There’s the easy way and the Wolfe way.” I guess my motto sorta follows the same logic: “WAEF-RTM: When all else fails, read the manual.” You’ve probably never been one of those who’ve ...
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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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    Doing the right thing and being treated "wrong"

    Sometimes law enforcement officers who are suffering from police stress avoid seeking counseling, often for good reason (see my article "The Ugly Shrink"). But sometimes stress builds up to a point where they have an episode either of depression or panic that is so disturbing or so blatant that they reluctantly see a therapist. Often spouses convince their partners to get ...
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    Behavioral Aspects of Crowd and Riot Control

    Having described the types of behaviors and techniques associated with riot behavior, both group and individual, it is now important to discuss those techniques that law enforcement must employ if it is to successfully contain and control this behavior. Like the individual and group activities that are a part of riot behavior, riot control involves actions both by the individual police ...
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    Sermon on the T-Shirt

    Hello, and welcome to the Chaplain’s Corner. Spring is almost here in the Texas Hill Country. I saw verbenas blooming last week and the bluebonnets are starting to pop. There are tens of thousands of bluebonnets out there. (I stopped counting at 9,458. Not really. ) It’s going to be a really good year for flowers because of all the rain ...
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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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    LEOs, Preachers & Heroes

    Hello and welcome to the May 2010 Edition of the Chaplain's Corner.    I was honored by being invited to speak at the annual LE memorial ceremony at the Veteran's Admin Hospital in Kerrville, hosted by the VA Police Department and will be/was held on 6 May.  I thought I'd share my thoughts here for those interested to hear my talk, but ...
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    Officers not Liable for Excessive Force in Arrest of Paraplegic

    Brant v. Volkert, 72 Fed. Appx. 463 (7th Cir. 2003). Officers are often faced with circumstances involving persons with physical disabilities. As such it is necessary to train officers for such circumstances. Mr. Brant, a paraplegic was stopped by the police while operating a three-wheeled scooter erratically and with no lights. A computer check revealed that Brant’s right to operate the ...
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    Victim Intervention Techniques

    M. Silbert (1976) has described a ten-point checklist of techniques for officers to use in field management of victim situations. Frederick (1986) lists twelve intervention responses that are of use to police officers. We have combined and edited these two lists as follows: 1. **Officers should introduce themselves by full name and title.** This is important in any police encounter with ...
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    Two Rulings Related to School Detention: (1) Detention w/o Notification & (2) Detention by SRO

    Detention w/o Notification OK In the first case, Wofford v. Evans, 390 F.3d 318, (4th Circuit 2004), school officials twice detained a 10-year old after her classmates told their teacher that the girl, M.D., had brought a gun to school. Students at Colonial Elementary School in Botetourt County, Va., reported to their teacher that they had seen M.D. in possession of ...
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    Roll-Call Training: Duty to Intervene

    Hypothetical: (Sergeant should use names of officers at the roll-call to emphasize the reality of such hypothetical situations): Officer X, let’s suppose we have a high-speed pursuit this evening. The pursuit travels some distance and the suspect makes several aggressive actions toward police cruisers. Let’s further suppose that the suspect finally bails out of his vehicle and proceeds to flee on ...
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    Roll-Call Training: Duty to Intervene

    Hypothetical: (Sergeant should use names of officers at the roll-call to emphasize the reality of such hypothetical situations): Officer Boehm, let’s suppose we have a high-speed pursuit this evening. The pursuit travels some distance and the suspect makes several aggressive actions toward police cruisers. Let’s further suppose that the suspect finally bails out of his vehicle proceeds to flee on foot. ...
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    Types of Polygraph Used in Sex Offender Testing

    The polygraph community, in conjunction with therapists and probation/parole officers, has identified the following types of tests to deal with areas of concern: 1) Instant Offense Disclosure - Specific issue dealing with denial. Sex offenders frequently deny or minimize their behavior both about the index offense and past behaviors. According to Trepper & Barrett (1989) there are four types of denial ...
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    Am I Stressed Out?

    Signs and Symptoms of Police Stress: Headaches - Fatigue - Pounding Heart - Digestive Upsets Teeth Grinding - Light Headedness - Lowered Sex Drive Irritability - Short-tempered Backaches - Muscle Aches - Over-eating - Insomnia Restlessness - Muscle Tics - Rashes - Drinking too Much These are all common physical, behavioral and emotional reactions to prolonged stress. The stress that causes ...
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