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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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    September 11th: Video Tributes

    "We will win this struggle not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace; So help us God."- Tom Harkin "You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy."- Colin Powell View September 11th Tribute Videos → [page] Remembering that Fateful Day Next → [page] Remember Our Fallen Next → ...
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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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    Chaplain's Corner: GOA and UTL

    “763, Llano. The subject is GOA. I’ll be in the area looking.” “763, Llano. Show me UTL.” Welcome back to the Chaplain’s Corner. As my dear old Grandpa used to say: pull up a chair and sit down beside it. I’m glad it’s April again. Spring Break is history one more time, and the bluebonnets are starting to bloom here and ...
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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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    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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    Knock and Talk vs. Plain View: "I See Weed"

    A December 2003 Michigan Court of Appeals decision sheds some light on how courts might limit the use of the "knock and talk" technique. See Michigan, v. Galloway, 259 Mich. App. 634; 675 N.W.2d 883; 2003 Mich. App. LEXIS 3134. In May 2001, the Michigan State Police marijuana eradication team received an anonymous tip that marijuana was being grown on an ...
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    The Link Between Use of Force and Education

    The Link Between Use of Force and Education
    Frederick Melo at The Usual Suspects commented on the high rates of advanced degrees among police officers in Minnesota. He cites a bit of the criminological research literature on the effects of higher education, but didn't mention a new paper in Police Quarterly by Jason Rydberg and William Terrill. I won't belabor the methods or Project on Policing Neighborhoods data source, ...
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    Take a Walk Through the National Crime and Punishment Museum

    Take a walk through the Crime & Punishment Museum in Washington D.C. (Photo by Kendra Weikman/PoliceLink) Next: Tour the Museum >> [page] Serial Killer Ted Bundy's Volkswagon (Photo by Kendra Weikman/PoliceLink) Honoring our LEOs (Photo by Kendra Weikman/PoliceLink) Continue >> [page] Historic Firearms and Edged Weapons.(Photo by Kendra Weikman/PoliceLink) (Photo by Kendra Weikman/PoliceLink) Continue >> [page] Pair of Golden Age Period ...
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    Effects Of Pepper Spray On The Police K9

    Since the addition of OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) products to the law enforcement arsenal of non-lethal products there has been much controversy over what effect the product will have on the police service dog. Initially these pepper based products were produced as an effective protection for postal workers to use on dogs encountered on their routes. A 30% solution is even promoted ...
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    Tips to Avoid Force and Sex-Based Complaints

    Tips to Avoid Force and Sex-Based Complaints
    Allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and excessive force have been the staple of sensational headlines and are made of the stuff that can be career ending even when proven untrue. While this article and writer absolutely condemn any kind of unethical or illegal sexually based conduct or excessive force by professional law enforcement personnel, some false claim situations do occur. Even ...
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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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    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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    3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

    3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way
    1. Search Every Room We were serving a search warrant with tribal police on a residence on Indian Land. The house wasn’t too big and we had a CI’s sketch of the interior. I’ve never liked relying on the word of a strung out informant but the boss had faith in it. For some reason, because two agencies were involved, they ...
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    Perception Plays a Part in the Success of a New Street Cop

    Perception Plays a Part in the Success of a New Street Cop
    As you progress through your first few years as a patrol officer, what supervisors and other officers think of you - and say about you - will play a large part in determining your success. Professionally, these years are where you will call the most attention to yourself and establish your reputation. You will feel pressure to simply blend in with ...
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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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    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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    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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    The Gang Stop: Safer and More Efficient Field Interviews

    The Gang Stop: Safer and More Efficient Field Interviews
    Ask any gang investigator worth his or her badge and he or she will tell you: “Whether you are in the streets or down a cell block, when it comes to conducting field interviews with gangsters, you’ll probably be outnumbered most of the time.” On a busy street corner, in your city or town’s gang turf, gangsters seldom travel or hang ...
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    Interviewing Elderly Subjects

    Interviewing techniques presented in textbooks or during seminars generally assume that the person being interviewed is an emotionally healthy and mature individual with a normal IQ. Twenty-five years ago, when the epidemic of unreported child sexual abuse attracted national attention, specific interviewing techniques were developed to address the special circumstances of eliciting information from a child. Contemporary investigators are now dealing ...
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