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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
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



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