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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
January 05, 2012
Addressing cops' confusion over 'the public duty doctrine' Sgt. Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

Addressing cops' confusion over 'the public duty doctrine'

Proper training on the principles of the public duty doctrine and how it applies to police officers is essential to avoid liability on the part of the department and officers - Full Story
December 23, 2011
Drug interdiction: The 'search authority' of maritime cops Tom Burrell - Patrolling the Waterways

Drug interdiction: The 'search authority' of maritime cops

Multiple courts, in various jurisdictions, have repeatedly decided in favor of random stops to determine compliance with boating safety requirements - Full Story
December 09, 2011
2011 in Review: 7 key decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

2011 in Review: 7 key decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court sets the minimal constitutional standard to be applied, state courts are free to provide broader constitutional protections under state constitutions - Full Story
November 28, 2011
Are TASERs 'overused' or just plain used? Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Are TASERs 'overused' or just plain used?

Departments could require that every update of TASER training also includes an update of empty hand techniques — including transition exercises back and forth between each - Full Story
November 17, 2011
Epilogue: Justice for Border Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz? Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

Epilogue: Justice for Border Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz?

One can only guess what the jury’s findings might have been had they known about the “armed escort alert” received by the agents 24 hours earlier that escalated their awareness level - Full Story
November 14, 2011
TASER basics: What every judge and jury should know Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

TASER basics: What every judge and jury should know

Judges and juries still seem to have problems understanding how TASERs work and why officer use them.... - Full Story
October 06, 2011
Legal considerations in the use of digital video in criminal cases Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Legal considerations in the use of digital video in criminal cases

Law enforcement’s challenge with the proliferation of potential video evidence is in obtaining and preserving the images captured for future evidentiary value - Full Story
October 05, 2011
P1 Humor Corner: Miranda, revised Marty Katz - Past the Uniform

P1 Humor Corner: Miranda, revised

You may not have yet been told, but there is a newly-revised manner in which we can Mirandize a subject.... - Full Story
September 29, 2011
More confessions of a plaintiff's expert Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

More confessions of a plaintiff's expert

Part Two: The names of the officers and their agencies have been altered, but the details and states where the testimony took place are accurate - Full Story



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