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    15 Ways to Spot a Stolen Car

    15 Ways to Spot a Stolen Car
    “G-ride, Hot Roller, Code 37” - no matter what you call it, arresting someone driving a stolen car is solid police work. In this article we are going to examine 15 tactics that will assist you in locating stolen cars. Before we look at these tactics, let’s review a couple of basic legal questions. First, you need little, if any, reasonable ...
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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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    Does a Motorist have a Privacy Interest in their License Plate

    Does a Motorist have a Privacy Interest in their License Plate
    All motor vehicle stops must be supported by some level of proof. In other words, officers are not allowed to randomly stop vehicles (i). It is generally not possible to make the stop of a moving vehicle a consensual since an officer must show authority (turn on the emergency light and/or siren) and the motorist must comply (by pulling over) before ...
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    5 Must-Do Patrol Car Checks

    5 Must-Do Patrol Car Checks
    Whether you have a shared patrol car or a take-home unit, almost every officer, deputy sheriff, and trooper I know checks over their car and its equipment before the shift. After all, this is your mobile office. You need it to do your job and its smooth operation may even save your life one day. Some agencies mandate the inspection in ...
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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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    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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    Part 1: And Let There Be Light...

    Why is it that most law enforcement professionals will go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a new handgun, the latest tactical apparel, equipment and footwear because it looks good, but skimp when it comes to purchasing a quality flashlight? Before I continue, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I'm the average patrol officer (grunt) with about ...
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    Motor Vehicle/Search Incident to Arrest

    In Thornton v. United States, ___U.S.___, 124 S.Ct. 2127 (2004), the United States Supreme Court clarified the reach of the Search Incident to Arrest rules when the arrest involves a suspect who had been the occupant of a vehicle. The issue in Thornton is whether an officer may constitutionally search a vehicle incident to arrest when the arrestee has stepped away ...
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    Plain View Doctrine

    The plain view doctrine is an exception to the warrant requirement which allows officers to seize items which they observe and immediately recognize as evidence or contraband while they are lawfully present in an area protected by the 4th Amendment. The foundation case providing the elements of a plain view seizure as related to the plain view doctrine is Horton v. ...
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    Pursuit Decision Making Matrix(Gallagher-Westfall Group)

    The pursuit decision matrix was developed to aid officers in the decision making process with respect to pursuits. The matrix can be tailored to comport with any agency’s policy. The colors listed denote the level of caution officers should employ based upon the degree of risk posed by the chase. Agencies that are less restrictive with chases may move color codes ...
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