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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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    Use of Force: TASER

    Over the past few years, the use of Tasers (electronic restraining/compliance device) has become more common among law enforcement agencies nationwide. As the use of Tasers becomes more prevalent, law enforcement agencies can expect claims to be made regarding their use. As with any use of force, courts will look at three factors in determining if a particular use of force ...
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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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    Coffee with The Sarge: “Stay Safe…”

    Coffee with The Sarge: “Stay Safe…”
    In the law enforcement community, this would be considered a pleasant departing salutation. It’s like saying, “See ya later” but with a LEO flavor. We say similar greetings to people in the genre of “Hey, what’s happening?” It’s not meant to be an inquisition. It is a simple greeting. “Stay Safe.” Pretty absurd really. Would you tell a scuba diver, “Hey, ...
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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: 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    End Parole for Cop Killers

    On June 26, 1978, a 15-year-old criminal brutally gunned down two Prince George's County, Maryland, police officers. Officer Albert Claggett was booking the youth on a theft charge when the boy gained control of Officer Claggett's service weapon and shot him. He then shot Officer James Swart as he walked into the booking room seconds later. [photo:585930] Amazingly, the boy was ...
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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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    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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    Twenty-one Feet Rule

    Much has been said about the Tueller drill which addressed the reactionary gap and how a subject could succeed from a distance of 21 feet when assaulting an officer. The reality is that a person attacking an officer can cover 21 feet in less time than the officer could draw and fire two aimed rounds from a holstered weapon. It is ...
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    Carrying a Knife: Officer Safety and Administrative Considerations

    The carrying of a knife by on duty law enforcement officers has become quite widespread. Officers spend a lot of time reading through police and military supply catalogs and comparing knives. Unfortunately, few officers have contemplated a host of issues that come with the packing of the edged weapon. Here are a few of the items for you to ponder when ...
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    Pepper Spray

    Over the last decade police agencies have turned to the use of pepper-spray as an alternative on their use of force options list. While pepper-spray seems to have significantly reduced injuries to suspects caused by impact weapons, pepper-spray has not been litigation-free. A high-profile case from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals established that the use of pepper-spray against passively resistant ...
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    Roll-Call Training: Duty to Intervene

    Hypothetical: (Sergeant should use names of officers at the roll-call to emphasize the reality of such hypothetical situations): Officer X, let’s suppose we have a high-speed pursuit this evening. The pursuit travels some distance and the suspect makes several aggressive actions toward police cruisers. Let’s further suppose that the suspect finally bails out of his vehicle and proceeds to flee on ...
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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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    Twenty-One Feet Rule

    Much has been said about the Tueller drill which addressed the reactionary gap and how a subject could succeed from a distance of 21 feet when assaulting an officer. The reality is that a person attacking an officer can cover 21 feet in less time than the officer could draw and fire two aimed rounds from a holstered weapon. It is ...
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