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    I Have Heroes - They Are Called Dispatchers

    I Have Heroes - They Are Called Dispatchers
    Many moons ago at the ripe old age of 19 I began my law enforcement career. I was still too young to become an officer so I became a dispatcher while I waited to go to the police academy. I figured I'd do the "easy" job of dispatching before becoming a cop and doing real police work. It sure didn't take ...
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    The Scariest Duty – Part 1

    Hello, and welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner. Hang on a second while I turn the A/C down a bit. Tad warm this time of year. I’ve had this title rattling around in my head for some time now, and I think now is perhaps the time to get it out so we can look at it. I heard that…Tom over ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Off-duty action

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the tasks of off-duty carrying of firearms and off-duty action Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to off-duty carrying of firearms and off-duty intervention Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where agency resources allow. Materials: Law Enforcement Risk Management ...
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    Improving Reactions To Lethal Force

    The potential for high risk situations is becoming more common as our society continues to deal with an increasing crime rate. As a dog handler, you will be at greater risk for lethal confrontations as a direct result of your K9 applications. There are a number of things that you can do to help you survive such encounters. Many of those ...
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    Advancement: Major (Assistant Chief / Chief Deputy)

    h4. Description The major or chief deputy is the second-in command in generally has the entire agency to oversee. They are the chief or sheriff’s right hand person and are often the “hatchet” person. They make things happen and take on unpleasant duties for the agency’s chief executive. They oversee the captains and report directly to the police chief or sheriff. ...
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    Returning DL Can Help Avoid Consent Problems

    Vehicle searches are conducted on a daily basis by police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state troopers on roadways throughout the country. And every day defense lawyers are successful in getting judges to suppress evidence obtained by showing that the vehicle operator's consent to search was not voluntary. In order to keep the Exclusionary Rule at bay, law enforcers requesting consent need ...
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    Back in the “Woods” Again

    Hello, and welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner. Just _how_ did it get to be July 2009?!?! On the 29th of June, our daughter successfully defended her dissertation and we now have a “doctor” in our family. WooHoo! (Nah, I ain’t a proud Dad. Sic ’em, Bears!) And a trip back to Waco in August for the graduation ceremonies is on ...
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    Technological Over-Reliance, the Foundation of Leveraging the Basics

    As a society, we live in a technology advanced era. Nearly everything is faster that it was two decades ago. Everywhere one turns there is a faster alternative to what was "New to the market" just last year. Even those of us in law enforcement are inundated with technological advancements. On board computer systems, advanced radio systems, global positioning systems, and ...
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    Intersection Safety for Back-Up Units

    When I teach Vehicle Operations in the Basic Law Enforcement Academies, I tell the recruits that the second police vehicle through the intersection during a priority run or pursuit is not the safer one; rather it is the more dangerous place to be. Drivers hear the sirens and see the patrol car go through and then assume the coast is clear. ...
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    A Date with Destiny - Part III

    On Duty Tactics Officers responding to a call of an active shooter must realize they have been thrust into a position that calls for decisive action and what they decide to do can save lives and minimize casualties. Training can help prepare the first responding officers for the moment they arrive at the scene of such an incident. This is a ...
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    Unreasonable Frisk May Lead to Liability

    In Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968), the United States Supreme Court authorized police officers to stop and detain individuals where the officer had reasonable suspicion (some facts and circumstance but less than probable cause) to believe that the person to be stopped was involved in criminal activity. Officers were authorized to use force, short of deadly force to accomplish ...
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    Scary Drawings—Difficult Decisions Scary Drawings—Difficult Decisions

    “This case highlights the difficulties of school administrators charged to balance their duty to provide a safe school with the constitutional rights of individual students when violence in schools is a serious concern,” wrote a federal appellate court judge in a Louisiana case, the appeal from which, the Supreme Court recently declined to hear. At the age of fourteen, and in ...
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    Not if, But When

    “Not if, but when.” A statement meant as a warning, it is one that even my mother would use to inform me of my impending doom for some scholastic or social infraction. “When, not if, I decide your punishment, you’re going to wish that you had behaved like an angel.” It sent a shiver up my spine then, and the thought ...
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    Supreme Court Update: ~ Qualified Immunity ~

    An individual officer’s greatest shield in a lawsuit that alleges a violation of civil rights is qualified immunity. A decision by the United States Supreme Court in December, further clarified the strength of this immunity. In Brosseau v.Haugen, 543 U.S.___; 2004 U.S. LEXIS 8275 (2004), the United States Supreme Court examined a case involving the use of deadly force by Officer ...
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    Intersection Safety for Back-Up Units

    When I teach Vehicle Operations in the Basic Law Enforcement Academies, I tell the recruits that the second police vehicle through the intersection during a priority run or pursuit is not the safer one; rather it is the more dangerous place to be. Drivers hear the sirens and see the patrol car go through and then assume the coast is clear. ...
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    Helpful Hints Neurotic Disorders

    In handling someone with overwhelming anxiety, it is important to provide reassurance in order to help that person regain control over panic. It is not helpful for police officers to attempt to persuade the person that the anxiety or panic is unrealistic or unwarranted. Even if officers perceive the reasons for the anxiety and consider them ridiculous, they must recognize that ...
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    Advancement: Captain

    h4. Description The captain’s rank is firmly in the executive ranks and oversees entire divisions within the agency. They oversee the lieutenants and report to the major/chief deputy and tend to work administrative day shifts on a Monday through Friday schedule. h4. Testing Requirements Traditional testing is no longer conducted for positions at captain or above. Generally, a positive review of ...
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    Totally Disabled Parent Seeks Victim Status: Court: Pluto is less remote to us than the Plaintiffs argument

    Stephen Prescott believes that parents may think twice about attending their children’s school events if the law prevents them from successfully suing the school corporation after being injured on school property. The Connecticut Supreme Court recently heard and rejected Prescott’s argument, finding that schools owed students’ parents no special duty of care. Prescott was injured after his son’s Thanksgiving 1998 football ...
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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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    Chaplain's Corner: Thoughts About Freedom

    Hello, and welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner. I think I’ve probably mentioned that I don’t like preaching the same sermon twice and as always, I’ve kicked around a few ideas trying to find the right fit for this month. As I sat down to start writing I reviewed a number of prior Chaplain’s Corners, and this one about freedom just ...
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