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January 14, 2011
Key considerations for good use-of-force policies Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Key considerations for good use-of-force policies

The potential liability in any use-of-force situation begins prior to an incident - Full Story
January 13, 2011
Defeating the 'Tactical Error Defense' Steve "Pappy" Papenfuhs - Training to Think

Defeating the 'Tactical Error Defense'

The 'tactical error defense' in the case of a California couple's assault on a police officer sheds light on the importance of thoroughly documenting an officer's use of force - Full Story
January 12, 2011
PoliceOne Analysis: Kentucky v. King Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

PoliceOne Analysis: Kentucky v. King

At what point does an exigency either cease to exist or may be said to have never actually existed in the first place, thus requiring a warrant? - Full Story
December 22, 2010
Hidden hands more dangerous than imagined Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Hidden hands more dangerous than imagined

A live suspect lying prone with one or both hands hidden under his body poses a potential threat because of his possible access to a concealed weapon - Full Story
December 22, 2010
Prone suspects: Deadly in an instant (revisited) Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

Prone suspects: Deadly in an instant (revisited)

Findings from a Force Science Institute study reveal that even before the object coming into view can be recognized as a gun, a shot is off - Full Story
December 20, 2010
Top 10 Supreme Court decisions of 2010 Ken Wallentine - Law Enforcement and the Law

Top 10 Supreme Court decisions of 2010

The past 12 months have seen significant rulings from the United States Supreme Court in the areas of criminal procedure and public safety - Full Story
December 17, 2010
Are you ready to explain an OIS? Roy Bedard - Learning from the Experience

Are you ready to explain an OIS?

Justification for using deadly force must explain the officer’s reasonable belief that his life or the life of another was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm - Full Story
December 02, 2010
Training to deal with suspects with disabilities Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Training to deal with suspects with disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 stipulates that cops must make "reasonable accommodations" to the known physical limitations of a suspect - Full Story
November 22, 2010
Why does the debate continue over marijuana legalization? Andrew Hawkes - Highway Drug Interdiction

Why does the debate continue over marijuana legalization?

With the failure of California’s Proposition 19 — an attempt to legalize the possession and... - Full Story
November 11, 2010
When a cop throws a punch to the face Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

When a cop throws a punch to the face

The use of body weapons is an important part of any defensive tactics training, but there are some downsides to consider - Full Story



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