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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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    10 Domestic Violence Reminders for Veteran Officers

    In the wake of the tragic shooting death of North St. Paul, MN, Police Officer Richard Crittenden, it is crucial to note that the fallen badge bearer was not a rookie. Rather, he was a nine-year veteran of the force who, as it was described in newspaper accounts, “died saving someone else.” Another officer was also shot and injured but managed ...
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    Dealing With Uncertainty In Law Enforcement

    Dealing With Uncertainty In Law Enforcement
    As people of faith, we often wonder what we can do for others, especially for those in need. Ultimately, we seek help when things are out of our control and we can’t fix it. Is it a sign of powerlessness when we say, “We must pray for one another”? Spiritual leaders say that to do so is to acknowledge that we ...
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    Violent Deaths of Officers on the Rise in 2011

    Violent Deaths of Officers on the Rise in 2011
    Read the original article on the Officers Down Memorial Page Blog The good news first: Overall, line of duty deaths are down by 12% this year compared to the same date last year. As of February 25, 2011, America has lost 30 law enforcement officers in the line of duty (compared to 34 on February 25, 2010). The bad news: We've ...
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    Officer Safety Impacted: U.S. Supreme Court Places Restrictions on Car Searches

    Law enforcement officers throughout the United States recognize their ability to search vehicles incident to the arrest of an occupant. The foundation purpose of such searches is to prevent the subject from reaching into the vehicle for a weapon or reaching into the vehicle to destroy evidence. These searches have, for many years, been limited to the passenger compartment of the ...
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    Surviving Your Prisoner Transport

    Surviving Your Prisoner Transport
    In the wake of the recent Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s transportation deputy’s death here in Florida, I thought an article on transportation mandates would be in order. For some, these bullet points will be an eye opener. For others, they may serve as reminders of things told to you by your academy instructors and your field training officer (FTO). Many of ...
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    Officer Safety: It's Not Just an On-Duty Thing

    So much is written in this and other venues regarding officer safety. It's also a topic that police trainers cover extensively. Even with the popularity of of the officer safety topic, many law enforcers end their officer safety thinking when they're off the clock. As with other tactical issues in law enforcement, planning is the key to successfully accomplishing the public ...
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    Training through Repetition

    Training is a fundamental component of success. My years in the military training soldiers as well as my time in law enforcement have confirmed, time and time again, the importance of repetitive training. Training is not a one-time occurrence. Rather, good training is consistent over time and is filled with repetition and building advanced knowledge upon basic knowledge. In other words, ...
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    Intersection Safety for Back-Up Units

    When I teach Vehicle Operations in the Basic Law Enforcement Academies, I tell the recruits that the second police vehicle through the intersection during a priority run or pursuit is not the safer one; rather it is the more dangerous place to be. Drivers hear the sirens and see the patrol car go through and then assume the coast is clear. ...
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    Burglar Alarm Response: Avoiding Danger

    "Oh %%@@##!, not another burglar alarm.!" We've all said it. All working cops know that the vast majority of burglar alarms calls are false. The problem has become so bad that some jurisdictions are levying fines against owners with repeated alarm activations. And of course, any storm with hard rain or strong winds will surely get that dispatcher to call stack ...
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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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    Domestic Disturbance Response: 10 Tips for Winning at these Volatile Calls

    Domestic Disturbance Response: 10 Tips for Winning at these Volatile Calls
    Around ten years ago, as a patrol division deputy sheriff with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I walked up some porch stairs to knock on the door of a mobile home. Suddenly, I was tackled on the front porch by a 175-pound sheet rock hanger who was annoyed that I responded to the repeat domestic ...
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    All Vests Not Equal

    In the 90's we saw the introduction of stab body armor that used soft technology, brought to us by Dupont®, the leaders in fiber technology. As the years went forward we saw imitation technology that labeled their technology as soft body armor... only to discover that these vests were made of very thin sheets of metal that had limited flexibility. We ...
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    A Lack of In-Service Training May Lead to Liability

    In Lewis v. City of Chicago, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7482 (Ill. N. District 2005), a federal trial court set forth the importance of in-service training with respect to restraint and control tactics. Christopher Hicks died during the course of his arrest on May 26, 2004. His death was ruled a homicide and the cause of death was listed as asphyxiation ...
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    Deadly Force to Prevent the Escape of a Violent Felon

    Most discussions on law enforcement's use of deadly force focuses on those circumstances where an officer is faced with an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to him or herself or some third party who is present at the scene of some law enforcement event. Little time is usually spent on discussing when an officer may use deadly force ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Handcuffing

    Major Lesson Plan: Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of handcuffing and restraint of individuals while executing search warrants Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to handcuffing individuals Format: Roll-call/ supervisory training. Time: Five to ten minutes, but this may be expanded where agency resources allow. Materials: Law Enforcement Risk Management ...
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    Room Entries and Occupation: Things to Know

    Room Entries and Occupation: Things to Know
    Room entries, officers do it every day, but how do we train for this common action? It seems so routine, yet like a motor vehicle stop, is far from routine. The common denominators of any room entry is a point of entry to gain access, the other side of the entry point, (the room) which is really an unknown, and ...
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    Room Entries and Occupation: Things to Know (Part II)

    Room Entries and Occupation: Things to Know (Part II)
    "*Return to Page 1*":http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/8388-room-entries-and-occupation h4. Body Position Size up the area around the door before getting there. Getting too close to a door creates extra risk of being detected prematurely. Keep off the wall. As long as the first one approaching the door is focused on it, there is nothing lost being a foot away from the wall. It just means ...
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    Officer Safety: Don't Stay Safe. BE Safe.

    Officer Safety: Don't Stay Safe. BE Safe.
    2010 was a bad year for cops. 2011 hasn’t started out well either. I recently came across a startling anti-police blog that exclaimed, “2010 was the year of the riot and 2011 is set to be the year of the insurrection.” I’m not going to choke you with statistics because so much is already out there on the assaults and killings ...
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    Traffic Stops and Control of Passengers

    In 1997, the United States Supreme Court held, in Maryland v. Wilson, that it is reasonable for officers to order passengers in a lawfully stopped automobile to exit the vehicle.i The court reasoned that there must be a balance during a traffic stop between the need of the police to maintain officer safety and the Fourth Amendment rights of passengers. The ...
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