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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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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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May 18, 2009

Perspectives: Gregg Gunta - The Use of Expert Witnesses

Attorney Gregg Gunta talks with PoliceOneTV's Dave Smith regarding the role of expert witnesses in both defending and prosecuting law enforcement.

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August 25, 2008

Tom Munsey: Good Report Writing for TASER

One of the most important, but often neglected, aspects of utilizing our force options is report writing. Tom Munsey of the Albuquerque, NM Police Department talked with Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith about effective documentation in a use of force situation, and how the way you write your report today can make or break your case, both criminally and civilly, for years to come.



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