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February 17, 2012
EDPs and cops: Knowledge can go a long way Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

EDPs and cops: Knowledge can go a long way

Research suggests that persons with developmental disabilities and other mental issues are seven times more likely to come in contact with law enforcement than others - Full Story
February 16, 2012
AELE analyzes when force against the mentally disturbed is justified Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

AELE analyzes when force against the mentally disturbed is justified

What guidelines do courts offer to trainers, officers, and force reviewers in these circumstances? - Full Story
February 16, 2012
Taking care of #1 after a critical incident Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Taking care of #1 after a critical incident

Ensure an officer’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing is attended to by professionals capable of recognizing and treating every type of trauma - Full Story
February 13, 2012
Is TASER drive-stun heading to the U.S. Supreme Court? Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

Is TASER drive-stun heading to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Properly deployed TASER probes will provide instant neuromuscular incapacitation — drive-stun is a pain-compliance tool, not an incapacitator in most circumstances - Full Story
February 09, 2012
Is prone positioning really riskier for suspects? Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Is prone positioning really riskier for suspects?

Besides dispelling some persistent myths about the risk of prone positioning, Dr. Christine Hall feels that one study confirms the rarity of sudden in-custody death - Full Story
February 08, 2012
Use of force: Defining 'objectively-reasonable' force Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Use of force: Defining 'objectively-reasonable' force

The term “objectively reasonable” is the true — and most accurate — legal standard when both teaching use of force, and/or evaluating an officer’s past use of force - Full Story
January 26, 2012
Beware the legal risks of spreading gory scene photos Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

Beware the legal risks of spreading gory scene photos

You wouldn’t do it, but let’s say an officer of your acquaintance uses his personal cell... - Full Story
January 24, 2012
Product Review: SilverCloud GPS tracker from LandAirSea Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Product Review: SilverCloud GPS tracker from LandAirSea

The recent 9-0 Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Jones undoubtedly creates a Fourth Amendment hurdle for investigations, but that issue notwithstanding, one device merits a look by any agency interested in using GPS tracking technology - Full Story
January 24, 2012
What does the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Jones mean for investigators? Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

What does the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Jones mean for investigators?

In a unanimous decision — a somewhat unusual event these days — the United States Supreme... - Full Story
January 11, 2012
Use of force: Defining 'reasonable' versus 'necessary' Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Use of force: Defining 'reasonable' versus 'necessary'

For police use-of-force incidents, the definitions of words like ‘reasonable’ and ‘necessary’ are often discussed but sometimes also misused or misunderstood - Full Story



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10-43: Be Advised... 10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
10-8: Life on the Line 10-8: Life on the Line
with Charles Remsberg