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March 30, 2015
A veteran motor officer’s guide to traffic court testimony Jason Hoschouer - Motors and Monies

A veteran motor officer’s guide to traffic court testimony

Traffic court isn’t personal and you aren’t there to represent yourself — you are there as a representative of your department and your state — so try to use these seven keys to making the best of every appearance - Full Story
March 18, 2015
Two words that should never appear in your police report Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Two words that should never appear in your police report

If you keep putting these words in your reports, there’s a good chance you’ll end up eating them in court - Full Story
February 18, 2015
5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony

The below rules will help you overcome instances in the courtroom when being cross-examined by a defense attorney whose focused purpose is to discredit you — even if you’re telling the truth - Full Story
January 28, 2015
Cops that can ‘see through walls?’ Facts about the X-ray uproar Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Cops that can ‘see through walls?’ Facts about the X-ray uproar

Cops and prosecutors should be upfront with courts about radar vision into homes because what they don’t know will come to hurt us - Full Story
January 21, 2015
Why 'extraordinary' grand jury cases like Ferguson have different rules Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Why 'extraordinary' grand jury cases like Ferguson have different rules

Prosecuting Attorney McCulloch would’ve been derelict to present the case following grand jury “norms” - Full Story
January 08, 2015
What the civil litigation cases for Brown and Garner might look like Jessica Dipre - Civil Litigation Issues

What the civil litigation cases for Brown and Garner might look like

Police training and proper documentation is more important than ever in order to prevent or defend Section 1983 actions - Full Story
January 05, 2015
What appeals court says cops should know about prone positioning Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

What appeals court says cops should know about prone positioning

Bolick v. City of East Grand Rapids (MI), is a civil rights action against police, alleging the use of excessive force in the excited delirium death of a mentally ill and highly combative 30-year-old who had been “freaking out” and threatening to kill his father - Full Story
December 12, 2014
5 Supreme Court decisions from 2014 impacting law enforcement Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

5 Supreme Court decisions from 2014 impacting law enforcement

The 2014 calendar brought us five significant cases which impact officers’ understanding of Fourth Amendment limits, both in its extension and restrictions - Full Story
December 03, 2014
Security v. safety: What cops should know about the encryption war Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

Security v. safety: What cops should know about the encryption war

Should individuals be permitted to have a lock that no one but the owner may open? - Full Story
November 19, 2014
How cops’ use of kill switches will be closely scrutinized Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

How cops’ use of kill switches will be closely scrutinized

Let’s get ahead of this one because we’re presently 0-2 when it comes to the Supreme Court and our techie intrusions - Full Story



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