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    The Role of Eye Contact During Interpersonal Communication

    When average people are asked about nonverbal communication, most will mention eye contact. The eyes are considered "the windows of the soul" and The Eagles warned that, "you can't hide your lying eyes." When Judge Judy detects possible deception, she admonishes the witness to look her in the eyes. Effective communicators learn not only how to read the meaning of another ...
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    The Importance and Craft of Report Writing

    *Report Writing* “Saw drunk, arrested same”. For those of us who are “seasoned” enough to remember the J. D. “Buck” Savage parodies, none is more poignant to report writing than Officer Savage reading his “it’s all there” DWI report in criminal court (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJbuyC9KaJg). That’s right; those four words represented his entire police report. *Painful Memories* As a former Field Training Officer ...
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    Lying to a Suspect: How Far Can an Investigator Go?

    During the course of an investigation an investigator often must rely on duplicity and pretense in an effort to develop evidence against the guilty suspect. Common examples include the use of undercover operatives, hidden surveillance video or "baiting" a cash drawer with extra money. Provided these procedures do not entice a person to commit a crime (entrapment), they are generally acceptable ...
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    The Deceptive Nature of the In-Basket Exercise

    Everyone who watched the ending of one of America’s favorite shows, the Sopranos, had to realize how masterfully David Chase, the creator and writer, fooled all us fans yet again. The ending was deceptive, simple yet complex, and left you wondering what the hell was really going on. I think it wasn’t Tony Soprano, but the audience who got “whacked.” That’s ...
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    Stupid Criminals Caught on Tape

    Stupid is as stupid does. Sometimes crooks shoot themselves in the foot, no pun intended. Check out the hilarious lineup of actual crimes committed by inept thieves. Isn't it nice when they do the dirty work for you? Stealing... from a Surveillance Store? → [page] Stealing... from a Surveillance Store? Feisty Store Manager Fights Back → [page] Feisty Store Manager ...
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    Honor Guard 101: Presenting the Colors

    Honor Guard 101: Presenting the Colors
    The Presentation of the Colors is perhaps the most common assignment most honor guards perform each year. It is also one of the best opportunities you have to project a professional, polished image of your department to a large and varied segment of your community. You and your team inspire feelings of patriotism and pride in observers every time you present ...
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    Inmate Weapons: In the Jailhouse Now

    Inmate Weapons: In the Jailhouse Now
    Prison violence is global, with prison authorities waging a constant battle to deny inmates access to improvised weapons. Despite the most stringent measures, weapons are still found often in the most unlikely places, made from even more unlikely materials. Whether stolen from factories, kitchens, workshops, art classes, pried from cell fittings or simply from articles left unattended, inmates with time on ...
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    Training Our Cops For Combat

    Training Our Cops For Combat
    If you read the world news headlines it's easy to find articles about terrorist acts being committed in other countries and how the specific country's military responded. This is a common theme all around the world. Terrorist group commits act - country's selected military unit responds. Why is that? Because terrorists commit acts of violence that are, for all intents and ...
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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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    Are You Lieutenant Material?

    Are You Lieutenant Material?
    There is a natural order to the world and there is a natural order to oral board preparation. With rare exceptions, we advance in police positions one step at a time. This series of articles (the first one was “The Sergeant’s Oral Board: Preparing to be #1”) represents the progression of responsibilities that each law enforcement position holds and the corresponding ...
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    Police Response to an Ongoing Suicide Call

    Police Response to an Ongoing Suicide Call
    Police officers responding to an ongoing suicide call should keep the following in mind. These suggestions are similar to those that officers may find helpful in other crisis situations. 1. **Assume the proper mental attitude.** It is often difficult for police officers to have an appropriate mental attitude since they may see the behavior of the person attempting suicide as manipulative. ...
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    Surviving Your Prisoner Transport

    Surviving Your Prisoner Transport
    In the wake of the recent Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s transportation deputy’s death here in Florida, I thought an article on transportation mandates would be in order. For some, these bullet points will be an eye opener. For others, they may serve as reminders of things told to you by your academy instructors and your field training officer (FTO). Many of ...
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    The Fastest 2x2x2 Drill on the Planet

    Well, it might not be…but it sure is one of the fastest bits of shooting I’ve ever seen. [gate] I ran across this video this weekend to pick up some tips on shooting drills and was blown away at how fast Kyle Lamb can push lead through these targets. Kit Up! readers might remember my attempt at this drill last year ...
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    Six Levels of Force

    _In order of least to most severe_ *1. Officer's Presence & Demeanor* p((. Open Stance, Ready Stance, Defensive Stance. Body language = 55% of communication. *2. Verbal Control* p((. Search talk, persuasion, light control (advice), heavy control (orders). Words & commands = 7%; Voice and inflection = 38% *3. Physical Control* p((. Escort holds, Pain/ pressure compliance, passive counter measures, active ...
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    Traffic Stops and Control of Passengers

    In 1997, the United States Supreme Court held, in Maryland v. Wilson, that it is reasonable for officers to order passengers in a lawfully stopped automobile to exit the vehicle.i The court reasoned that there must be a balance during a traffic stop between the need of the police to maintain officer safety and the Fourth Amendment rights of passengers. The ...
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    Recognizing Methamphetamine Use

    When a drug like methamphetamine ("meth") hits an area, all rules are thrown out the window. Meth use and abuse will ultimately result in delinquent and criminal behavior, often in the form of secondary crimes to fuel the use/addiction. Families are usually the first victims out of convenience, but after awhile, general crime (including violent offenses) will be the end result. ...
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    Modus Operandi Vs. Offender Signature

    Many aspects of forensic psychology (behavior analysis) are used to identify suspect(s) of violent crime in modern police investigations. The two most basic aspects of measurable and identifiable criminal behavior in the field of forensic behavioral analysis are modus operandi (MO) and offender signature. In order to perform effective investigations of violent or serial crime, investigators should have a rudimentary understanding ...
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    Warrantless Searches of Motor Vehicles

    Often questions arise as to whether a police officer needs a search warrant in order to search a motor vehicle. Fortunately, the Supreme Court of the United States has a fairly extensive body of law commonly called the “automobile exception” or the Carroll Doctrine which gives clear direction to police officers on this topic. However, individual states, in interpreting their state ...
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    Ten Tips for On Target Academy Firearms Training

    Ten Tips for On Target Academy Firearms Training
    The prospect of firearms training in the pressure-filled law enforcement academy setting is either loved or hated by cadets. Few blocks of instruction, save for physical training and defensive tactics, conjures up such extremes in emotion. As a certified firearms instructor and an executive over basic police academies, I have seen first hand the issues that trip up aspiring gun-toting law ...
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    Top Ten Stupid Things an Ex-Cop Turned Pro-Drugs Has Said

    Top Ten Stupid Things an Ex-Cop Turned Pro-Drugs Has Said
    "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't." -General Patton Like most cops, I was seriously angered when I heard about a certain Ex-Cop and how he had gone from being a police officer to teaching criminals how to smuggle dope. It doesn't matter where you're from, a traitor is a traitor. And a traitor has no friends, ...
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