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June 08, 2011
Videotaping the police: Officer safety and policy issues explored Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Videotaping the police: Officer safety and policy issues explored

Absent some clear violation of law unrelated to the act of videotaping cops' actions, officers are advised to carefully consider the legalities surrounding the decision to arrest - Full Story
April 22, 2011
TASER guidelines updated for first time since 2005 Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

TASER guidelines updated for first time since 2005

The Police Executive Research Forum's 2005 guidelines were well-intentioned, but became contentious in litigation - Full Story
April 21, 2011
Clearing up (even more) misconceptions about legal standards for police use of force Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Clearing up (even more) misconceptions about legal standards for police use of force

Two weeks ago, I examined several statements regarding the legal standards and limitations of a law enforcement... - Full Story
April 20, 2011
A way to stop legal issues before they start Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

A way to stop legal issues before they start

A new breed of legal eagles called Certified Litigation Specialists are helping police agencies win civil litigation cases - Full Story
April 13, 2011
How to avoid criminal charges by planning ahead Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

How to avoid criminal charges by planning ahead

Part 2: It’s not enough anymore that you be right in your force applications β€” you also have to be able to explain why you were right - Full Story
April 07, 2011
P1 First Person: How to effectively review and adjudicate use of force tactics PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

P1 First Person: How to effectively review and adjudicate use of force tactics

By Scott L. Sargent Los Angeles Police DepartmentThe use of force by police in a modern society is a... - Full Story
April 07, 2011
Clearing up misconceptions about legal standards for police use of force Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Clearing up misconceptions about legal standards for police use of force

It has been said many times that a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Along that same... - Full Story
April 06, 2011
Ethical dilemmas cops face daily Sgt. Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

Ethical dilemmas cops face daily

The impact of human factors upon individual performance must coincide with timely and fair discipline β€” both in a positive and a negative sense - Full Story
March 16, 2011
A disturbing trend: Criminal charges against cops Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

A disturbing trend: Criminal charges against cops

Part 1: A cop is far more likely to be sued than shot β€” the prospect of a cop facing criminal charges for simply doing their job is increasingly common - Full Story
February 11, 2011
4 key ways a cop can win on the stand Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

4 key ways a cop can win on the stand

Incredibly brave men and women who have fought with felons, braved gunfire, and remained calm in the face of emergencies are often uncomfortable and incapable when it comes to testifying in court - Full Story



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