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    Roll-Call Training: Use of Force

    Hypothetical: Officers respond to a supermarket for a reported shoplifter. They are met by the manager who insists on prosecuting an 80 year old woman who has been shoplifting cat food on a regular basis for her cats. Officers inform the woman that she is under arrest. The woman refuses to go with the officers. Have officers apply the three-prong test ...
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    Sheriffs Take On Rural Patrol Challenge

    Unlike their city police colleagues, many of our nation's elected sheriffs preside over far-stretching jurisdictions with limited resources. Crime-free rural patrol is the picture conjured up by the sheriffs of the media, such as Mayberry's Andy Griffith, but the reality is far from the folklore. Sheriffs have learned to contend with limited manpower and a dwindling source of local government funding. ...
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    The Forgotten Piece of Equipment: Handcuffs

    Many of us in law enforcement remember to maintain our firearms. As a firearms instructor, I'm part of that group of trainers that has hammered the message home. Unfortunately, few remember to check our less glamorous piece of equipment: our handcuffs. Most veteran officer's handcuff maintenance practices are a far cry from those early days in the police academy when the ...
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    On the Streets: Aim for Peace, Prepare for War

    On the Streets: Aim for Peace, Prepare for War
    Dr. George J. Thompson is the President and Founder of the Verbal Judo Institute, a tactical training and management firm now based in Auburn, NY. For full details on Dr. Thompson’s work and training, please visit the Verbal Judo Web Site. The most important thing we don’t teach, but should, is a coherent philosophy that can unite the need for physical ...
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    License to Use Caution with Vehicle Pursuits

    Many police pursuit proponents read with eagerness of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent case involving law enforcement chases. The 2007 case, Scott v. Harris was interpreted by many road rangers as giving more latitude to the officer pursuing the miscreants of the motorways. Actually the ruling should be examined within the scope of it two points. It also serves as a ...
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    Victim Intervention Techniques

    M. Silbert (1976) has described a ten-point checklist of techniques for officers to use in field management of victim situations. Frederick (1986) lists twelve intervention responses that are of use to police officers. We have combined and edited these two lists as follows: 1. **Officers should introduce themselves by full name and title.** This is important in any police encounter with ...
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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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    10 Must Do Actions Before Your Patrol Shift

    10 Must Do Actions Before Your Patrol Shift
    Your patrol shift can be rewarding, exciting and dangerous. There are a number of things you can do to make it more rewarding and significantly less dangerous. This article explores ten actions you can take before you begin your watch to make you effective, efficient, and safe. *Mentally Prepare* One of the most difficult aspects of police work is making the ...
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    The History and Importance of Police Training

    The History and Importance of Police Training
    Gone are the days of a county sheriff handing his buddy a badge and gun and “Deputizing” him to go out on the street and enforce laws that he/she had never been trained in. In today’s modern law enforcement world, police training is as important as doctors attending medical school or lawyers passing the bar exam. Without properly trained police officers, ...
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    10 Tips for Ride-Alongs

    Popular among law enforcers, aspiring officers, spouses of officers, dispatchers, community activists, journalists, and scholars, ride-alongs with on-duty police officers and deputy sheriffs have long been a fun-filled way to get a view from the other side of the windshield.  Whether you are exploring the idea of a career in law enforcement, wanting a closer look at your local constabulary, or ...
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    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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    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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    Crime Scenes: Stopping the Evidence Eradication Gremlins

    I remember years ago standing guard on a crime scene and hearing detectives lament that the "evidence eradication gremlins have been here." They were referring to first responders. Firefighters and EMS personnel handling emergency medical response to a patient (no offense to them as they are doing a necessary job) have particularly been long joked about in police circles as being ...
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    Hidden Compartment in Motor Vehicle Can Provide Probable Cause for Search

    United States v. Concepcion-Ledesma, 447 F.3d 1307 (10th Cir. 2006) Just the Facts… On May 16, 2006 the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in the above case, held that the presence of a hidden compartment in vehicle, taken with the totality of the circumstances, provides probable cause for a warrantless search. In this case, a Kansas State Trooper observed a group ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Consent Searches/Exigent Entry: Randolph v. Georgia

    Major Lesson Plan Consent Searches/Exigent Entry: Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of consent searches at homes. Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to consent searches. 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 ...
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    Major Lesson Plan - Doctrine Seizure

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of plain view doctrine seizure Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to plain view 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 and any agency policy relating to ...
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    Major Lesson Plan: Pursuit Judgment

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with pursuit decisions. Objective: Provide officers with training on judgment/decision making ability with respect to pursuits. 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; Department Pursuit Policy Hypothetical presented: Officers observe a speeding ...
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    Major Lesson Plan/Dealing with the Mentally Ill

    Hypothetical #1 Officers stop a vehicle for a motor vehicle violation. Upon approaching the vehicle they notice that the single occupant appears to be acting irrationally. The man accuses the officers of being aliens from out of space. Question: What steps should officers take to insure their safety as well as the safety of the subject? Answers: Inform the subject that ...
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    Miranda and Interrogation

    Over the past couple of years courts have seen a renewed number of claims based upon allegations related to violations of the 5th Amendment self-incrimination clause as well as violations of the rule announced in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). Two cases decided on June 28th 2004 provide some guidance for law enforcement agencies with respect to the reaches ...
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    10 Ways to Generate Complaints on Patrol

    10 Ways to Generate Complaints on Patrol
    With a public always looking to give law enforcement officers the benefit of the doubt and high profile police officers and deputy sheriffs never making mistakes that catch the public eye, this article is devoted to giving the aspiring and veteran law enforcer alike ten sure fire tips on how to generate complaints from the public and your supervisors. If you ...
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