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    Some words for police officers who were on the front lines of terror

    9/22/01 Like most Americans I watched in horror as we experienced this centuries Pearl Harbor. This was an unprovoked attack to the very heart of our values and what we hold dear. There is no way that I as a therapist who has worked with hundreds of "stressed out" police officers can offer much sage advice to readers who have suffered ...
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    Suicide by Cop

    They call it "suicide by cop", or "police assisted suicide." I prefer the former term because the "cop" is the instrument of suicide. He or she might as well be a bottle of sleeping pills, carbon monoxide or a gun in the hand of the suicide. "Police assisted suicide" to me suggests "doctor assisted suicide" which is an entirely different kind ...
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    Take it like a man - where the sun don't shine

    Women in the United States live on average 7.2 years longer than men. Men working in high stress jobs like law enforcement, where they are subject not only to police stress but to maintaining a veneer of self-reliance come hell or high water, die on average even sooner. If you take to heart what I'm about to write, it is more ...
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    What Not to Say to a Cop

    The officers of PoliceLink share their stories about perps and the clever things they come up with. Check out this collection of real tales from the street and the hilarious things no one should be dumb enough to say. Wondering which Law Enforcement job is right for you?Check out our PoliceLink Career Profiles to find out! See The List [gate] [page] ...
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    Top 25 Cities for Cops

    Top 25 Cities for Cops
    Few professions are as tied to their city as law enforcement. Everything from population growth to the job rate had a direct impact on the daily routine of a police officer. Understanding the overall health and standard of living in a city can make a big difference during one's career. Sure a high starting salary is nice, but that's only part ...
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    A First Hand Look At National Police Week 2011

    National Police Week (May 9-15) is a celebration of our nation's law enforcement officials, and remembers those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Thousands of people commemorated the event in Washington D.C., with memorial services to fallen comrades, and ceremonies recognizing local heroes. PoliceLink's very own kweikman went out to Washington D.C. to cover Police Week, and capture ...
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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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    The PoliceLink Community Responds

    The PoliceLink Community Responds
    To help us honor the fallen and remember the events of September 11th, 2001, We asked PoliceLink members to share their thoughts, prayers and encouragements to the rescue and law enforcement community. We had an overwhelming response and thank each and every person who submitted a response. Read What PoliceLink Has to Say [page] God bless all the police and fireman ...
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    A Photo Tribute To 9/11

    [photo:489662] September 11th was the most-witnessed event in American History thanks to today's technology. This album presents some of those captured moments as well as the resulting swell of American Pride. Feel free so submit your own 9/11 photos to our albums page. See The Photos >>> [page] Next Photo >>> [page] Next Photo >>> [page] Next Photo >>> [page] Next ...
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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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    Major Lesson Plan: Stop and Frisk

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of stopping and frisking individuals. Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to stop and frisk. Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where agency resources allow. Materials: Law Enforcement Risk Management Legal Update, March 2004; agency policy relating ...
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    Coffee with TheSarge: PoliceLink Turns Three!

    Coffee with TheSarge: PoliceLink Turns Three!
    Happy 3rd Anniversary PoliceLink! Established way back in 2007, it's time to congratulate Chris Cosgriff (Senior Editor), Kevin Powers (Assistant Editor), the PL Forum Moderator Team....and especially you, the Members! PoliceLink has traversed unique ground as this site has grown. We've been able to move forward even in difficult times. This is a real testament to the manifested strength and motivation ...
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    Moving from Riot Troopers to 21st Century CERT Operators

    With more than 3,000 CERT teams in the US and 1,000 teams internationally, this article discusses what it means to be a 21st Century CERT Operator. I’m writing this article in response to a number of inquiries I’ve received from the field by clients and attendees who have heard me speak or have been trained by US C-SOG SOU teams. What ...
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    10 Ways to Minimize Complaints

    10 Ways to Minimize Complaints
    Countless times I have dealt with citizens who came to my office with complaints regarding the conduct of law enforcers in my agency. While many of them turned out to be unfounded after an investigatory look, a few citizen initiated objections are grounded in misunderstanding and even some truth. Giving the angry person a chance to vent certainly helps to alleviate ...
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    Post Shooting Syndrome

    The identification of post-traumatic stress disorder in the context of the police use of deadly force is one example of how mental health professionals have made a major contribution to law enforcement (Zeling 1986). Dr. Michael Roberts, a consultant to the San José, California, Police Department, was one of the first to call attention to the postshooting syndrome. He pointed out ...
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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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    Police Officer Suicide Prevention

    h4. Officers kill themselves at higher rate than general population The seasonal spike in suicides during the Christmas/New Years holiday period is no secret to veteran law enforcement officers. What may come as a surprise is the high number of officers that, to use the old phrase, "eat their gun." The recent suicides of two New Orleans Police officers during the ...
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    Photos From the Police Week 2010's Candlelight Vigil

    The names of 324 law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty were dedicated at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC Thursday evening. The names of those officers killed were read by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Jennifer Thacker, national president of the Concerns of ...
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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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    Am I Stressed Out?

    Signs and Symptoms of Police Stress: Headaches - Fatigue - Pounding Heart - Digestive Upsets Teeth Grinding - Light Headedness - Lowered Sex Drive Irritability - Short-tempered Backaches - Muscle Aches - Over-eating - Insomnia Restlessness - Muscle Tics - Rashes - Drinking too Much These are all common physical, behavioral and emotional reactions to prolonged stress. The stress that causes ...
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