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    Police Response to an Ongoing Suicide Call

    Police Response to an Ongoing Suicide Call
    Police officers responding to an ongoing suicide call should keep the following in mind. These suggestions are similar to those that officers may find helpful in other crisis situations. 1. **Assume the proper mental attitude.** It is often difficult for police officers to have an appropriate mental attitude since they may see the behavior of the person attempting suicide as manipulative. ...
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    Helpful Hints Neurotic Disorders

    In handling someone with overwhelming anxiety, it is important to provide reassurance in order to help that person regain control over panic. It is not helpful for police officers to attempt to persuade the person that the anxiety or panic is unrealistic or unwarranted. Even if officers perceive the reasons for the anxiety and consider them ridiculous, they must recognize that ...
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    Helpful Hints: Personality Disorders

    The interpersonal relationships of those with personality disorders present a unique problem for law enforcement officers. Police officers who are called into a situation involving someone with a personality disorder often find behavior out of control and violence looming. Officers should remember that this person has adopted a disorderly behavior pattern to protect him or herself from life's stresses. When this ...
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    Autism and Law Enforcement

    Autism and Law Enforcement produced by Dennis Debbaudt and directed by Dave Legacy, April 2004. The video Autism and Law Enforcement provides a quick and engaging education in autism that can help increase safety for both officers and individuals with autism, as well as minimize the potential for litigation that could occur as a result of a misunderstanding. Interviews and vignettes ...
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    Commonly Asked Questions About The Americans with Disabilities Act and Law Enforcement

    Copied with permission from the US Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division (January 2006) I. Introduction Police officers, sheriff's deputies, and other law enforcement personnel have always interacted with persons with disabilities and, for many officers and deputies, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may mean few changes in the way they respond to the public. To respond to questions that ...
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    Helpful Hints: Aberrant Sexual Behavior

    From this discussion, it is apparent that law enforcement officers who handle sex crimes must know enough about sexual aberrations to be able to make appropriate judgments about each sexual criminal as an individual. This is true not only for specialists in sex crimes, who are usually trained and experienced, but also for beat patrol officers, especially those in small departments ...
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    Helpful Hints: Myths & Facts During a Disaster

    **MYTH** People will panic. People are unable to cope. Local organizations are overwhelmed and unable to perform effectively. Antisocial behavior (that is, looting) is commonplace. Community morale is low in stricken areas. Firm measures are needed to prevent personal and social chaos. **FACT** They do not panic. In fact, getting them to evacuate is a bigger problem. People react in an ...
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    Warring Cops: Making Our Mission Even Tougher

    Warring Cops: Making Our Mission Even Tougher
    I’m sure many of my fellow law enforcement professionals watched the video carried on Fox News Channel, myfoxphilly.com and other outlets that showed neighboring Pennsylvania law enforcers at war with each other. I think all would be as embarrassed for our profession as I was. A far cry from good community relations, the viral video makes these officers from Darby and ...
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    Helpful Hints: Psychological Aspects of Police Work

    The signs of acute alcohol intoxication can include varying degrees of exhilaration and excitement, loss of inhibition and restraint, bizarre behavior, slurred speech, and lack of coordination. When encountering someone who is intoxicated, officers might remember the last time they were in a similar state. Acknowledging their own feelings, including a sense of power and a glib tongue, will help them ...
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    From the Thin Blue Line: "No Comment"

    From the Thin Blue Line: "No Comment"
    In the last column you read about The Insight: Nine simple words, governing every interaction we in law enforcement must have with the media specifically - and with the public in general: Tell the Truth. Tell it Early. Tell it Often. In this month's "From the Thin Blue Line: Lessons for PIOs and Law Enforcement Leaders," you'll discover two simple words ...
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    Types of Hostage Situations

    Hostage situations often present moral dilemmas to police administrators and commanders. For example, is a visit or phone call from the president, governor, or other important official in response to a hostage taker's demands a precedent to be avoided, or is it negotiable? After apprehension, should promises be honored that were made under duress in return for surrender? Should hostage takers ...
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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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    Correctional Hostage Rescue Units

    Intro 0600, the beginning of another day in Anywhere Correctional Institution. Breakfast is being served. Inmate 206 - with whom you have never had a problem - approaches a CO. In an instant, Inmate 206 and his well-trained accomplices pull the officer into a housing unit. Several COs respond; they are outnumbered as well. The housing unit door is barricaded and ...
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    Psychological First Aid

    Just as officers can administer physical first aid to someone who has been injured in an auto accident, they also can apply psychological first aid to those with acute emotional reactions to disasters. The officers' principal goal is to return the greatest number of people to effective functioning in the shortest time. In responding to stress or disaster situations, officers should ...
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    Branding: How Police Are Using Social Media Better Than Many Companies

    I was lucky enough to attend a great event on Friday: the Don't Panic Social Media Conference in Manchester. There were some top speakers including Tom Murphy from Microsoft, Meg Pickard from the Guardian Online and Simon Wakeman from Medway Council. The highlight though, came from a completely unexpected source: The West Midlands Police [WMP]. [Check out the website even if ...
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    Coffee with The Sarge: Walking in My Shoes

    Coffee with The Sarge: Walking in My Shoes
    We’ll take a tall cup of coffee here. And leave the pot…. “Unless you’ve walked in my boots, you don’t have a clue!” I suppose this can be said about any job. It is especially true with law enforcement. There are other hard jobs out there but law enforcement is truly unique. In essence, you are saying that unless you have ...
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    How to deal with unexpected media inquiries

    From the Thin Blue Line: Lessons for PIOs and Law Enforcement Leaders Last month you read about The Insight, a concept loosely adapted from The Secret. As you may recall, The Insight is nine simple words that should govern every interaction you have with the media and the press: Tell The Truth. Tell It Early. Tell It Often. We saw a ...
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    10 Tips for Talking with Kids

    When responding to calls for police service, children can at times be our best sources for information. Whether they are sought out as the only English speaker in a foreign language speaking household to give an account of an incident or they're a victim you need to speak with, the junior members of our society can be a powerful addition to ...
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    From the Thin Blue Line: Lessons for PIOs and Law Enforcement Leaders

    **The Insight: A Simple Rule to Guide Your Interactions with Media and the Public** Lately, everyone is talking about The Secret. From what I know about this latest self-help phenomenon, The Secret is so obvious that it really isn't a secret at all. I mean, what's so secret about something that everyone seems to know? Must we be hit over the ...
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    Helpful Hints: Drug-Dependent Behavior

    A person who has overdosed should be treated as a medical emergency, and police officers must be able to recognize the symptoms. Acute opiate overdose is characterized by a marked unresponsiveness, in the presence of very slow or labored breathing. Needle marks and/or tracks will be noted. The pupils are pinpoints, and both pulse and heartbeat are extremely slow. If the ...
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