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From the Supreme Court on down to the county courthouse, police law and decisions affecting law enforcement change on a daily basis. The Legal topic page on PoliceOne is a must-read for any officer, at any agency, who wants to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Every trial, verdict, and court decision that has to do with cops will be covered on this page, which also features expert analysis.
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March 08, 2011

A box full of intervention options

Don’t fall back on an escalating step-by-step process for the use of force. Instead, use a tool box. On your waist you have all of your options and you can use any one of them anytime you see fit. It’s up to you as an officer to make the immediate threat assessment and withdraw whatever tool you deem suitable.
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March 08, 2011

New era, new rules

Times are changing in law enforcement, according to P1 Columnist Gary Klugiewicz. As a new era is ushered in, cops must stop reacting and start responding. Proper response requires that you remain alert, be decisive and have a preplanned practice and response. If you don’t, you’re likely to get popped. Click the video below for three ways you can be prepared.
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November 15, 2010

Ryan Spurling: Female Search and Seizure

Many officers are reluctant to search females due to fear of complaints or lawsuits. In this video, Corporal Ryan Spurling of the Washington State Patrol Academy demonstrates techniques for searching women that help officers differentiate between legal searches and sexual contact.
November 11, 2010

COBAN Technologies Indisputable Evidence

COBAN user's provide insight on the system's capabilities in the courtroom.
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November 03, 2010

Toronto cops wrestle man to ground

Police in Toronto have an altercation with a man on the street. The arrest was filmed by a bystander and aired on the news twice.
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August 23, 2010

Man fights with Denver PD on bridge (Full version)

This is the complete video of an incident on a bridge in Denver between a man and the police. According to a P1 member, the prior version was edited by the man's lawyer.
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October 26, 2009

Manny Kapelsohn: Officer Involved Shooting

In this PoliceOneTV Video, Betsy Brantner-Smith speaks with Manny Kapelsohn about handling officer involved shootings. They discuss how to balance an officer's emotional well-being while simulateneously dealing with legal and investigative issues after a situation like this occurs. Manny says that the providing of counsel should occur as soon as possible in this type of situation.
October 21, 2009

Val Van Brocklin: How to testify in the courtroom

Dave Smith sits down with instructor, Val Van Brocklin, to discuss testifying effectively in the courtroom. Val has spent many years in the courtroom and understands the importance of effective communication by an honest cop. A winning attitude is critical to winning courtroom confrontations and helps an officer to appear unbiased, keeping the jury from questioning their credibility.
July 27, 2009

Bob Willis: Have a Plan

PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith sits down with Officer Bob Willis of the NE Wisconsin Technical College discusses the theme of "have a plan". Generally this refers to a tactical plan, but Willis is more concerned with being prepared for a legal situation. He wants to make sure that you can explain your plan when questioned in a deposition, and gives you some great pointers to keep in mind.

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