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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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    The Importance of the Employment Application

    It is often impractical for an employer to personally interview every person applying for a particular position. For this reason, most job applicants are initially screened by reviewing a written summary of the candidate's background. This information will typically be provided through either an employment application or a resume. While employment applications are customary for individuals applying for hourly positions, for ...
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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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    The Use of Trickery and Deceit During Interrogation

    During an interrogation, an investigator attempts to persuade a suspect to tell the truth, oftentimes to provide incriminating evidence that will be used in a subsequent prosecution. Further, interrogations are generally conducted in situations where there is insufficient evidence to assure a conviction and, in many cases, the suspect's actual guilt may not be 100% certain. If an investigator was required ...
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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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    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 Dog Day Traffic Stop - Basic Canine Search and Seizure

    "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," according to Shakespeare. Methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs by any other names smell just as bad, particularly when sniffed by a trained and certified narcotics detection dog, according to the United States Supreme Court. Somewhere way back when, someone figured out that a dog is man's best friend. ...
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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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    Advancement: Police Officer / Deputy Sheriff Positions

    h4. Description A police officer / deputy sheriff serves on the front line and is the first responder to all types of emergencies. h4. Testing Requirements Orientation, Written Exam, Physical Ability Test, Oral Interview, Polygraph, Psychological Exam, Background Investigation, and Medical Exam +Orientation+: Probationary Police Officer testing usually follows cycles where a law enforcement agency advertises a police test in order ...
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    Ecology and Police Management: Increasing Efficiency in Patrol Operations

    While traditional research into police social science has focused primarily on the immediate effects of police-citizen encounters, circumstances surrounding those encounters, and the effects of internal and external organizational factors on police action, Klinger’s (1997) theory on police discretion focuses on “linking police activity to the ecological context in which it occurs” (p. 278). This nontraditional approach opens the door to ...
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    The Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA)

    Throughout history man has tried to identify a single, unique physiological responses that would only be present when a person lied. In the 1970's a phenomenon known as a vocal micro tremor was identified and seemed to be only present in a person's voice during periods of high stress. Before any serious research could be conducted, entrepreneurs seized the opportunity to ...
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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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    Honor Guard 101: Retiree Funerals

    Honor Guard 101: Retiree Funerals
    Paying last respects to the ones who wore the uniform before us is one the highest honors the Fairfax County Police Department Honor Guard carries out as team members. I want to discuss what we do to render honors to a fallen or retired officer at the time of their viewing. In this article I will discuss the topic of casket ...
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    Narcotics,Explosives & General Poison Antidotes

    Signs of poisoning vary depending on the type of substance your dog has ingested. If you suspect your dog has consumed some form of poisonous substance, contact your veterinarian immediately. A poison control center can also provid valuable information to you as to what steps to take. Treatment is often identical to treat ment that would be given humans in similar ...
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    Eliciting A Subject’s Willingness to Submit to a Voluntary Interview

    In most instances, subjects will agree to answer an investigator’s questions if the conversation occurs at the subject’s home, place of business or over the phone. From an investigative perspective, however, it is far more productive to have the subject agree to come to the investigator’s office for the interview. Once the investigator is alone with the subject in a controlled ...
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    Ten Tips For Dealing with the Opposite Sex

    Ten Tips For Dealing with the Opposite Sex
    It’s been the age-old question: how do you deal with the opposite sex. In today’s litigation-laden law enforcement environment, law enforcement professionals struggle to answer that question as they discharge their duties. This column details steps that you can take to ensure your tactical and legal survival. While false allegations can come from same sex police contacts, particularly with juveniles, complaints ...
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    Reasonableness of Handcuffing during a valid “Terry Stop”

    Does handcuffing during a “Terry Stop” transform the stop into a full-blown arrest, which requires the officer to have probable cause rather than the lesser requirement of reasonable suspicion? A case from the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut determined that the application of handcuffs does not automatically turn an otherwise valid “Terry Stop” into a full-blown arrest. ...
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    Qualified Immunity in Use of Force CasesUnited States Supreme Court

    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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    Ten Percenters®: The Cops Who Really Make a Difference!

    There are 1%ers, 5% ers, and there are 13% ers but in the law enforcement profession there are 10%ers. 10% ers are in every law enforcement agency and let us thank God that they are! 10% ers, for the purpose of this article, are those Cops (law enforcement officers) who truly make the streets safe for everyone else. 10%ers are the ...
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    Dishonesty by Officer Requires Termination

    Over the past ten years, law enforcement agencies have struggled with the impact of officer dishonesty on the ability of the officer to act as a witness in court proceedings. The dishonest officer is always subject to having their credibility impeached by their prior dishonest conduct. Agencies have an on-going responsibility to disclose information to prosecutors concerning an officer’s dishonesty before ...
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