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    Defensive Tactics Versus Combative Tactics

    Defensive Tactics Versus Combative Tactics
    I really think it’s time that we in the police community need to stop sugar coating hand to hand combat. We create all of these politically correct terms and phrases that really lead officers away from what is really going on out there on the street. What is defensive tactics? When I am attacked as a police officer I am trained ...
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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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    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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    Always Armed/Always On Duty

    On January 28th 2000, the Providence Police Department received a call that would irreversibly change the lives of three officers forever. Officer Carlos Saraiva, a three-year veteran, and Officer Michael Solitro, a rookie who had completed his field training just days earlier, were riding as partners due to a shortage of police vehicles. Officer Saraiva and Solitro monitored a call of ...
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    Deputy's Observations: The First Rule of Gunfighting

    Deputy's Observations: The First Rule of Gunfighting
    The first rule of surviving a gunfight is to have a gun to fight with. As we discussed in the previous article that means not only having a weapon, but also having it accessible to you when you need it. That does not mean under the seat of your car or inside of a briefcase. It means where you can put ...
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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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    Terry Frisks and the Totality of the Circumstances

    Many officers are of the belief that if they have the legal right to detain a suspect, they can automatically frisk that suspect “for officer safety.” However, in 1968, the United States Supreme Court held that an officer may conduct a limited search (frisk) of a suspect for weapons when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect, who is detained pursuant ...
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    How Serious Are You About Your Officer Survival…Really?

    How Serious Are You About Your Officer Survival…Really?
    Are you serious about your officer safety and survival? No really, are you? We all read the officer killed summaries, lament the tragic circumstances, vow “that will never happen to me” and then within a week or two we often go right back to work and engage in the same habits and tactics that have always allowed us to “get by.” ...
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    Police Management Textbooks - Does Size Really Matter?

    Police Management Textbooks - Does Size Really Matter?
    When you write promotional tests for police agencies based on the latest and greatest supervision and management textbooks, you sometimes shudder when one of your colleagues opens your office door and comes in with a package. "Which 700+ page behemoth is it this time?" you ask. You know the monster books I mean - where the authors are paid by their ...
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    On the Street: Non-Verbal Messages

    Non-verbal suspect communication during an interview or interrogation could provide a police investigator with basic information that may help determine a suspect’s level of honesty and cooperation. These non-verbal cues can be broken down into several categories, which are not limited to but may include: neuron linguistic assessment, verbal response latency, verbal speed, speech volume changes and physical posturing. *Which Side ...
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    Active Shooter: Plan, Prepare, and Initiate

    Through the past 4 years of conducting active shooter instructor training programs as well as basic operations programs for all law enforcement, we have been privileged to work with some of the most highly motivated and best officers in the world. This is due to the fact the majority have attended the programs with an “open mind” which gives an added ...
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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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    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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    Methamphetamine Driven Combat Operations

    Based on combat observations and medical studies by the US and British military it is becoming apparent that methamphetamine use among the terrorist population is on a dramatic increase. Used as a strategic tool methamphetamine offers those in the Iraqi Area of Operations a whole new trend of issues that compromise the safety of those combating terrorism. Whether operating as a ...
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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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    SWAT—Not Sit, Wait, and Talk

    SWAT—Not Sit, Wait, and Talk
    “Hurry up and wait” is one sure thing that can be counted on in almost every tactical operation. Knowing when to wait and how to best utilize that time will help secure success and, most importantly, keep team members and the innocent safe. Aside from that, there are a few things every operator would like his administration to know… (Don’t worry; ...
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    The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Islamic Terrorists & American Extremists

    The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Islamic Terrorists & American Extremists
    *Islamic Terrorists and American Extremists May Share More than Just Ideology!* The attacks of September 11th, 2001, have forced us to expose the threat of Islamic terrorists throughout the world and within the borders of the United States. But is our search overlooking an interesting, but deadly, coalition? We all understand the ideology that links many radical groups, across the world, ...
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    Letting Go of Law Enforcement's Ancient Thinking

    Letting Go of Law Enforcement's Ancient Thinking
    “That’s the way we’ve always done it” It's an all too common answer to a rookie officer’s inquiries about policy, procedure, and unfortunately, even officer survival. An “artifact” is defined by Webster’s as “something in a biological specimen that is not present naturally but has been introduced or produced during a procedure,” and we have plenty of artifacts in police work ...
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    Power of Positive Policing: How to Avoid the Negatives

    Power of Positive Policing: How to Avoid the Negatives
    We all know the type in policing. The guy or gal who is never happy. They manage to find fault with the administration, the public, and even fellow crime fighters. It’s an “Us vs. Them” world in their eyes. In a nutshell, this frowny-faced person is a downer and could be crowned the king or queen of morale busting. They practice ...
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