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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Advice for Sniper Supervisors

    Advice for Sniper Supervisors
    I am not a supervisor, and I don’t pretend to be able to tell you how to supervise your sniper team. However, I have the advantage of having seen sniper teams all over the country. I have had a close look at good programs and bad programs. As a result, I can tell you, with confidence, how a successful sniper team ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Detection and Prevention of Preparatory Terrorist Acts

    The Detection and Prevention of Preparatory Terrorist Acts
    One of the most important aspects of counterterrorism is the prevention of attacks against U.S. interests. Prevention requires law enforcement and intelligence personnel to have a basic knowledge of terrorist practices and mindsets concerning planning and implementation of attacks. It also requires a basic understanding of how these practices and mindsets differ from the planning and implementation of other types of ...
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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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    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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    Underage Drinking - A New Priority for Law Enforcement

    "Unit 39, respond to the vicinity of 1st Avenue and 5th Street for the report of a possible underage drinking party..Several young people appearing intoxicated, some challenging to fight others".. Let's face the facts; these calls are about as unpleasant as domestics. In fact, I'd rather deal with a domestic then a house full of out of control, intoxicated youth. That ...
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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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    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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