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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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    K9 Containment Techniques For Patrol

    On a cold winters night early last year I was on routine patrol and observed a car leave from the rear of a commercial property shortly after midnight. It was obvious they were in a hurry. I pulled into the rear of the property and noted that it had been burglarized. I immediately pulled out onto the roadway in pursuit of ...
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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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    Training In the Shadow Of A Sacred Cow

    Training In the Shadow Of A Sacred Cow
    The subject is emergency vehicle operations instruction, but I suppose that all disciplines of knowledge and/or skill could fall prey to the same issue. Everybody reading this has seen the phenomenon. A program gets developed, the standards set, and the instructors trained. The program continues down the tracks originally laid by the programs founders, and few things, if any change. What ...
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    Selecting And Raising The Potential Police Pup

    When buying a puppy for the home, police or security work, take the time to check into various kennels as well as private breeders. Study the pedigrees to ensure purity and attempt to deal with breeders who will place a guarantee on the pup should elbow or hip displasia develop. Reputable breeders will have no hesitation in providing you with such ...
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    Retention of ID During a Consensual Encounter

    The Supreme Court of Florida recently decided an important case regarding consensual encounters. In Golphinv. Florida, two police officers were on patrol in an area of Daytona Beach that is known for prostitution and narcotics traffic. The police officers were specifically in that area to conduct field interviews with individuals in that area. The officers observed a group of approximately five ...
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    Note Taking During an Interview

    When participants see video-taped interviews at our seminars, it is obvious that our interviewers take a written note following each response offered by a subject. The Reid Technique advocates active note taking during a structured interview for three reasons. First, taking a written note following each response slows down the pace of questioning. It is much easier to lie to a ...
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    Selections vs. Qualifications Training

    Selections vs. Qualifications Training
    Back in 1985, when I was a not-so-young U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant, I found myself attending a grueling two week school called the “Army Air Loader” course. As I originally understood it, this course would teach me all about loading my battalion’s equipment on to an airplane for deployment somewhere overseas. To this day, I am still trying to figure out ...
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    Creative Cuffing for the Small-Wristed

    Creative Cuffing for the Small-Wristed
    In defensive tactics for policing, we're always looking for ways to control (that operative word is bolded on purpose) the behaviorally challenged individual. Unfortunately, not all wrists come in a convenient size to fit our handcuffs. Many people with slender wrists, particularly juveniles, are able to slip out of the cuffs despite our best efforts to do the right things. This ...
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    Persons with Disabilities

    Each and everyday, law enforcement officers throughout the United States come into contact with persons who are suffering from some disability. Some of these persons are suffering from a disability that would make them eligible for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). i Some of these individuals would not meet the criteria for protection under the ADA but do ...
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    Why Do Mothers Kill? The Link Between Mom And Murderer

    Why Do Mothers Kill? The Link Between Mom And Murderer
    CHELMSFORD, MA - The grim discovery of 6-year-old Camden Pierce Hughes lying dead on the side of a road in southern Maine and the subsequent arrest of his mother, Julianne McCrery, under suspicion of murder have attracted widespread attention and outrage. In fact, yesterday’s news of the 42-year-old woman’s capture at a rest stop in Chelmsford, Massachusetts may have eclipsed President ...
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    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol

    Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol
    I had no idea it could get so hot in Maine. It has to be near 100 degrees. The sun is beating down hard on my salty back and red neck as I stare at my target. I’m rubbing my blistered finger tips together listening to the monkeys in my head. My back is sore as hell and I can feel ...
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    Download the COPS Survivor Benefits Guide for your state

    PoliceLink.com has partnered with Concerns of Police Survivors to distribute official COPS Survivor Benefits guides for each state, Puerto Rico, and the federal government. Please start by downloading the Benefits Overview Guide in addition to the specific guide for your individual state. - "Benefits Overview Guide":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/all-pl.pdf - "Alabama":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/alabama-pl.pdf - "Alaska":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/alaska-pl.pdf - "Arizona":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/arizona-pl.pdf - "Arkansas":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/arkansas-pl.pdf - "California":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/california-pl.pdf - "Colorado":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/colorado-pl.pdf - "Connecticut":http://policelink.monster.com/nfs/policelink/static/connecticut-pl.pdf - ...
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    Combating Inmate Disturbance Plans

    Combating Inmate Disturbance Plans
    High Risk Security Patrol Here's an exercise for all you corrections news junkies out there: Google search the news headlines for the past month. You'll quickly pick up on a theme that is alarming corrections professionals nationally and internationally: Increasing escapes, disturbances, and inmate on staff attacks. Don't think this stuff happens in a vacuum: The public knows what's happening (thankfully, ...
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    Active Shooter Reality Check

    Active Shooter Reality Check
    "We don't have to worry because emergency responders will be here in no time." "Our SWAT Team is the best in the county and will take care of the threat before they can do any substantial harm." "We instinctively know what to do during an emergency. People are like that you know." Which one of the above is true? The ...
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    So You Want To be A SWAT Operator, Huh?

    So You Want To be A SWAT Operator, Huh?
    Many individuals can put together an article about theories and research from their respective fields of training and tactical experiences. Many can also quote statements from books that have been written from many of the so called modern day warriors in years past. However, looking at today’s modern times and current threats to society, for a law enforcement officer looking to ...
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    Edged Weapons Part Two – The Armed Officer

    I admit it, I love knives. There are just so many cool ones out there, it’s hard to choose. But while most us crimefighters carry a knife of some sort, many of us have never trained – mentally or physically – to use our knives as anything more than a basic utility tool. Here are a few things to think about ...
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    What Was Your Scariest Moment On the Job?

    What Was Your Scariest Moment On the Job?
    “What was the scariest moment you ever had on the job?” When PoliceLink posted this question on Facebook and Twitter, it really gave me pause. I started my law enforcement career as a dispatcher at age 17, became a cop at 21, and retired as a sergeant two years ago after 29 years on the job. I’ve had plenty of frightening ...
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    Types of Hostage Situations

    Hostage situations may occur under the following conditions: 1.Criminals may plan from the outset to use hostages as part of their criminal act to ensure their escape, gain ransom money, or for some other purpose. 2.Criminals may not plan to take hostages but become trapped inside an establishment they intended to rob. A quick response precludes escape, and they seize hostages ...
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    Room Entries and Occupation: Things to Know

    Room Entries and Occupation: Things to Know
    Room entries, officers do it every day, but how do we train for this common action? It seems so routine, yet like a motor vehicle stop, is far from routine. The common denominators of any room entry is a point of entry to gain access, the other side of the entry point, (the room) which is really an unknown, and ...
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