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    Roll-call Training and Lesson Plan:Disorderly Conduct/Fighting Words – 5 minute Lesson Plan

    Objective: Reiterate law and policy as it relates to disorderly conduct/fighting words and provide officers with framework for arrest decision: The following is best undertaken by question/answer session utilizing scenarios where appropriate: Have officers articulate the elements of a disorderly conduct arrest (specifically provisions such as “fighting words.) Ask officers to identify how they would distinguish fighting words from other expressions. ...
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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 Boehm, 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 proceeds to flee on foot. ...
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    Roll-Call Training: Exigent Entry

    **Hypothetical:** An officer sees a man carrying an open alcoholic beverage on a public street. Public drinking is an offense in the jurisdiction and carries a penalty of a one hundred dollar fine. When the man sees the officer he runs down the street and into a house. +Question:+ Can the officer pursue the man into the house under the exigent ...
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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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    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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    7 Things Cops Should Never Say To Anyone

    7 Things Cops Should Never Say To Anyone
    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. Safety lies in knowledge. If you deal with cagey street people, or indeed difficult people at all, anywhere, you need ...
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    On the Street: Non-Verbal Messages

    Non-verbal suspect communication during an interview or interrogation could provide a police investigator with basic information that may help determine a suspect’s level of honesty and cooperation. These non-verbal cues can be broken down into several categories, which are not limited to but may include: neuron linguistic assessment, verbal response latency, verbal speed, speech volume changes and physical posturing. *Which Side ...
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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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    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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    Blocking Suspect’s Car is a Seizure

    Indiana v. Stickle, 2003 Ind.App. LEXIS 1304 (IN Ct. App. 2003). Members of the Indiana State Police received information regarding a drug deal that was going to take place at a McDonald’s restaurant in Batesville. The tipster provided the names of the individuals involved and indicated the vehicle which would be driven by the suspects. Officers placed the restaurant under surveillance ...
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    Consent Searches of Motor Vehicles

    A major issue in law enforcement today involves the concept of consent searches of motor vehicles. There is little consistency among courts as to when an officer can ask a motorist for consent and the circumstances under which such a search can take place. Some of the confusion has been the result of state court decisions as well as legislation impacting ...
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    Creative Cuffing for Small-Wristed Subjects

    In defensive tactics for policing, we're always looking for ways to *control* (that operative word is bolded on purpose) the behaviorally challenged individual. Unfortunately, not all wrists come in a convenient size to fit our handcuffs. Many people with slender wrists, particularly juveniles, are able to slip out of the cuffs despite our best efforts to do the right things. This ...
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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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