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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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    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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    Major Lesson Plan: Arrest Warrants

    Target Audience: Law Enforcement personnel who may be faced with the task of executing arrest warrants Objective: Provide officers with essential knowledge of the law relating to execution of arrest warrants 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 SEE PAGE 6, March 2004; ...
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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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    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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    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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    10 Tips for Officers Engaged in Off-Duty Incidents

    In the wake of the Salt Lake City mall shooting incident involving an off-duty Ogden City Police officer, I spoke with one of our police academy recruit classes. As typical the almost 40 newly minted “blue shirts” were eager to embark on their law enforcement careers and make a difference. They were eager to get involved and for most of them, ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Ramming During Pursuit: “Deadly Force”

    In Harris v. Coweta County, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 6721 (11th Cir. 2005), the United States Court of Appeal analyzed a ramming during a police pursuit under deadly force principles and refused to grant the officer summary judgment or qualified immunity. Victor Harris was clocked speeding by a deputy while driving a vehicle that was actively registered to him. When the ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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