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    Deputy's Observations: Selecting the Right Weapon

    Deputy's Observations: Selecting the Right Weapon
    A few years ago I stayed up late one night to watch a bad Arnold movie on TV. It didn’t finish until midnight. I closed up the house and put the dog out in the garage prior to going to bed. While I was in the garage I heard sounds coming from outside. I could have opened the garage door but ...
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    Officer Safety Impacted: U.S. Supreme Court Places Restrictions on Car Searches

    Law enforcement officers throughout the United States recognize their ability to search vehicles incident to the arrest of an occupant. The foundation purpose of such searches is to prevent the subject from reaching into the vehicle for a weapon or reaching into the vehicle to destroy evidence. These searches have, for many years, been limited to the passenger compartment of the ...
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    You’re in Trouble: Now What?

    You’re in Trouble: Now What?
    Most police officers and deputy sheriffs are honorable men and women trying to do a difficult job. I regularly deal with law enforcement issues that involve law enforcers in bad circumstances. Whether they are in fact responsible for an act involving intent or omission, many officers, particularly those at the beginning of their careers, are baffled by the process that most ...
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    On the Streets: Aim for Peace, Prepare for War

    On the Streets: Aim for Peace, Prepare for War
    Dr. George J. Thompson is the President and Founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, a tactical training and management firm now based in Auburn, NY. For full details on Dr. Thompson’s work and training, please visit the Verbal Judo Web Site. The most important thing we don’t teach, but should, is a coherent philosophy that can unite the need for physical ...
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    5 Must-Do Patrol Car Checks

    5 Must-Do Patrol Car Checks
    Whether you have a shared patrol car or a take-home unit, almost every officer, deputy sheriff, and trooper I know checks over their car and its equipment before the shift. After all, this is your mobile office. You need it to do your job and its smooth operation may even save your life one day. Some agencies mandate the inspection in ...
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    The Use of Rationalization During An Interrogation Theme

    Two conditions must be satisfied before a person decides to commit a crime. The first is that the individual must believe that he or she will not be punished for the crime. For example, no sane person would set their neighbor’s house on fire or download pornography on a company computer if they knew that they would suffer consequences for their ...
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    Does Size Matter? Small Agencies: The Cop Career Gatekeepers

    Does Size Matter? Small Agencies: The Cop Career Gatekeepers
    As the economic crisis for local government has deepened over the past few years, so too has the belt been tightened at law enforcement agencies. Once a seller’s market, the crime fighter hiring endeavor has morphed into a buyer’s market. Many police departments and sheriff’s offices have found that, in the event that they are able to hire, they have the ...
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    20 U.S. Cities With the Most Drunk Drivers

    Think you've seen more than your fair share of intoxicated motorists? Did you know that there are two million repeat drunk drivers on the road at any given time? Always be aware of your surroundings, especially if you live in or near the following twenty cities. This list was based on the top 20 cities by population, according to the ...
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    Preparing for the Chief’s Interview

    It's Not About You. Regardless of whether you are pursuing the chief of police position for an agency of 15, 150, or 1500, the over-arching theme is the same.  Yes, you should be quite proud that you are in the final three, and yes attaining the chief of police position will be the icing on the cake for your police career; ...
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    Distinguishing Between Admissions and Confessions

    An admission represents a statement that tends toward proving guilt. On the other hand, a confession is a fully corroborated statement during which the suspect accepts personal responsibility for committing a crime. This distinction is important for legal and procedural reasons. For example, a theft suspect who agrees to reimburse the victim for the $1000 stolen has offered an admission, not ...
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    Search and Seizure of Real Property

    Search and Seizure of Real Property
    There are many legal issues for law enforcement officers to contend with in regards to Search and Seizure of persons and property. In order to effectively understand search and seizure law and procedure, it’s important to have a basic understanding of related history and case law. Fundamental issues to consider when dealing with Search and Seizure include probable cause, search warrant ...
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    Women with Badges

    Women with Badges
    The percentage of women in law enforcement is hovering under 15 percent, according to the National Center for Women & Policing, and it's not increasing. Here's straight talk from current and former female police officers as to why we'd all be better off if that percentage rose, what's been holding the numbers down and which women are needed to fill the ...
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    The Art of the Chase: Vehicle Pursuits

    The Art of the Chase: Vehicle Pursuits
    In this article, Sgt. George M. Godoy of Police Exam 911 explains some of the technical aspects of police chases and pursuits, and how you should be explaining your answers in police interviews. Sgt. Godoy runs a very successful Police Video Training Course for applicants to help improve their scores on Police Exams and has personally tested over 1000 potential applicants. ...
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    The Guide: Your Promotion to Captain

    Congratulations, captain.  Your promotion will move you from mid-manager to manager.  You will wield more authority, supervise more people, and be closer to the top of the organizational chain than ever before.  Ideally, you are about to set yourself on a path of multiple successes.  How you start will be critical in determining how you succeed. Whether it is an advertisement ...
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    Developing an Interview Strategy

    Some interviews are free-flowing and spontaneous. Often, these interviews are conducted in an uncontrolled environment such as a street corner, an employee’s office or over the telephone. Because the person being interviewed in these situations is generally telling the truth, the investigator does not have to carefully structure an interview strategy. However, when interviewing a person who is motivated to lie ...
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    Confidence and Leadership: Preparing for the Captain's Oral Board

    OK, you're testing for captain; expect the gloves to come off.  You are not a novice; you have elevated yourself from officer to sergeant to lieutenant.  The basics of oral boards are familiar to you; you have been through those challenges and have succeeded.  So how can they increase the difficulty for a captain-level candidate? They can make the questions more ...
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    Motor Vehicle/Search Incident to Arrest

    In Thornton v. United States, ___U.S.___, 124 S.Ct. 2127 (2004), the United States Supreme Court clarified the reach of the Search Incident to Arrest rules when the arrest involves a suspect who had been the occupant of a vehicle. The issue in Thornton is whether an officer may constitutionally search a vehicle incident to arrest when the arrestee has stepped away ...
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    CS / Smoke Information Guide

    The following information has been obtained from US Military manuals in regards to Smoke and Riot Agents. This information can be invaluable to anyone training for K9 deployment in chemical munitions. Due to recent unusual events at one of our training programs, we believe there are concerns regarding the use of HC in an enclosed environment and may soon recommend some ...
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    Avoid Recruiting Police Garbage

    Avoid Recruiting Police Garbage
    “Garbage in, garbage out.” That old saying captures why the recruitment of quality people into law enforcement is so important. After all, all street-level law enforcers want their backup officer to be good at a complex and dangerous job. Now, that’s not to say that training doesn’t have its priority, but we all know marginal officers who’ve somehow slipped through the ...
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    Conduct Unbecoming - Sex, videotapes, the Internet and police misconduct

    Law enforcement personnel are held to personal standards higher than other members of our communities. Conduct unbecoming has been a common and historical charge used in controlling and censuring police officers and other public employees, for both on and off duty actions. The "Police Officer’s Code of Ethics," written back in the 1950s, has a provision that is routinely referenced in ...
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