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    Obstacles to Seeking Help: The Ugly Shrink

    LEO's and therapists are often at odds with each other. There are many reasons for this. For starters, members of both professions profess to have special, or even "secret" knowledge and understanding about human nature and deviant behavior. Each feels that their approach and the philosophy behind it are correct and the other's is wrong. I've been on both sides, and ...
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    Panic Attacks

    I haven't written about this most common (ranking about equal with depression in terms of numbers afflicted) of the unfortunate manifestations of the human psychic mechanism until now because it seemed there was ample information available. And there certainly is: books, magazine articles, cyberpsychology web sites and periodic television specials. However much information there is, it doesn't help police officers who ...
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    One o'clock in the morning. July. You're a white cop patrolling an affluent section of town. As usual there isn't a car on the road. Typical. Inaction waiting for action. You notice a Mercedes 300D pull into a large colonial and observe a man, woman, and two children exit, open the trunk and begin to take out suit cases. "Back from ...
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    5 Suggestions to Help Stop Police Impersonators

    5 Suggestions to Help Stop Police Impersonators
    Law enforcement officers across the country share information everyday about suspected police impersonators that are roaming our streets, conducting traffic stops, committing crimes, often violent in nature, and then driving off into the abyss with little information other than "A white car with lights and a male in a dark uniform with some unknown type of badge". Stopping these offenders, or ...
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    Top Ten Stupid Things an Ex-Cop Turned Pro-Drugs Has Said

    Top Ten Stupid Things an Ex-Cop Turned Pro-Drugs Has Said
    "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't." -General Patton Like most cops, I was seriously angered when I heard about a certain Ex-Cop and how he had gone from being a police officer to teaching criminals how to smuggle dope. It doesn't matter where you're from, a traitor is a traitor. And a traitor has no friends, ...
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    I Have Heroes - They Are Called Dispatchers

    I Have Heroes - They Are Called Dispatchers
    Many moons ago at the ripe old age of 19 I began my law enforcement career. I was still too young to become an officer so I became a dispatcher while I waited to go to the police academy. I figured I'd do the "easy" job of dispatching before becoming a cop and doing real police work. It sure didn't take ...
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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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    Our Fallen Heroes

    It has been eight years since those tragic events that affected us all so much. We wish to send our prayers, thanks and blessings to the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day. The following pages provide the names and photos of those brothers we have lost. They will forever be in our hearts. Meet America's Heroes ...
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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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    The Role of Motivation in Detection of Deception Research

    Early reports on the accuracy of the polygraph technique were largely anecdotal. For example, if ten suspects were administered a polygraph examination on a particular crime and one of them failed and subsequently confessed, the technique was reported to be 100% accurate. Once proper research methodology was applied, where random polygraph charts of verified truthful and deceptive suspects were blindly scored ...
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    10 Tips for Off Duty Incidents

    After off-duty incidents hit the news, I often find myself discussing the specifics with academy students. Often in a room with 40 or so newly minted “blue shirts," questions about what exactly should be done off-duty when incidents arise is a hot topic. We talk about about off-duty involvements and some of the considerations they should ponder when they get ...
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    How to Handle the Mentally Ill

    Police officers not only must be able to recognize abnormal behavior and mentally ill persons, but also must be prepared to guard, restrain, or take into custody people whose behavior suggests the presence of a mental illness. The following are suggestions for handling these difficult situations. **1. Calls involving known emotionally disturbed individuals should be answered by more than one officer.** ...
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    10 Tips for Talking with Kids

    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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    Five Must-Have Gadgets for Your Police Belt

    Five Must-Have Gadgets for Your Police Belt
    Law enforcement folks love gadgets and the various accoutrements that go with the job. When I ran police academies in Ohio and Florida, police equipment catalogs littered the desks at lunchtime and cop supply websites were must reading among the cadets. Not surprisingly, conversations on breaks often revolved around the newest device or gadget. All aspiring and newly minted officers covet ...
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    Departmental Gyms Become Fitness Rooms

    h4. Final Phase in a Holistic Fitness Approach The nation's interest in fitness has not gone unnoticed by law enforcement administrators. Initially many managers focused on weightlifting, but the gym phase is the final step in a holistic fitness program. "Fitness makes sense for the officers, their employers and the public," said Elizabeth Bondurant, a lieutenant with the Plainsboro (N.J.) Police ...
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    Stupid Criminals Caught on Tape

    Stupid is as stupid does. Sometimes crooks shoot themselves in the foot, no pun intended. Check out the hilarious lineup of actual crimes committed by inept thieves. Isn't it nice when they do the dirty work for you? Stealing... from a Surveillance Store? → [page] Stealing... from a Surveillance Store? Feisty Store Manager Fights Back → [page] Feisty Store Manager ...
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    The Dumbest Criminals Caught On Tape

    Sometimes the best stories are the ones you can't make up. When it comes to stupid criminals, this tends to be the case. Sit back and enjoy this list of some of the dumbest criminals around doing what they do best! First Video >>> [page] The Bait Car Strikes Again Next Video >>> [page] Caught On 25 Cameras Robbing Security ...
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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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    Osama Bin Laden Killed

    May 1, 2011 marked a historic day for the United States when President Obama made an official statement announcing the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In celebration of the incredible job our U.S. armed forces have displayed, as well as the swelling of American pride, we share with you this collection of photos over the last 48 hours. ...
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