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December 19, 2014
Why our best police officers are altruists John Hein - Inside Internal Affairs

Why our best police officers are altruists

Because ‘real police work’ can include dealing with truancy, family issues, traffic safety and control, community health, and neighborhood disputes, many of the most effective police officers are those who are altruistic - Full Story
December 16, 2014
6 more great police gifts for 2014 Lindsey J. Bertomen - Police Products

6 more great police gifts for 2014

Here are six things every cop would be thrilled to find under the tree this season - Full Story
December 16, 2014
Ex-cop's absurd Betsy Brantner Smith - Survival Insights

Ex-cop's absurd "police are racist and violent" claims are dead wrong

The bottom line is that Redditt Hudson is a wannabe politician who, despicably, seems determined to use the Ferguson situation to try and jump-start his stalled career - Full Story
December 15, 2014
The questions about race we need to answer following Ferguson Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

The questions about race we need to answer following Ferguson

Law enforcement should recognize the close connection between use of force and officer integrity as well as the reality that there does have to be meaningful discussion about race in America - Full Story
December 12, 2014
Hearts Beneath the Badge: A book for cops and citizens alike Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Hearts Beneath the Badge: A book for cops and citizens alike

Most law-abiding citizens proceed with their daily lives without thinking to commend a cop for a job well done - Full Story
December 10, 2014
Enough already with professional profiling Brian Willis - If I Knew Then...

Enough already with professional profiling

It is time to stand up, speak up and put an end to profession profiling in America - Full Story
December 03, 2014
Why profanity directed toward suspects isn’t worth it Lt. Dan Marcou - Blue Knights

Why profanity directed toward suspects isn’t worth it

The two times “poking the bear” has the greatest negative impact is when force has been used already, or just prior to the use of force - Full Story
December 01, 2014
Survey officer attitudes before issuing body cams, researchers urge Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Survey officer attitudes before issuing body cams, researchers urge

Researchers have published a 15-point survey template that they have used successfully and that can serve as a model in other jurisdictions to mine officer perceptions before cameras are introduced - Full Story
November 21, 2014
6 life hacks cops learn on patrol P1 Community - The Question

6 life hacks cops learn on patrol

A question posted recently on Quora asked, “What are some day to day life hacks that law enforcement... - Full Story
November 19, 2014
What 3 pro-drug ballot ‘wins’ mean for cops Keith Graves - The Drug Warrior

What 3 pro-drug ballot ‘wins’ mean for cops

In the past two and a half decades, we have passed all sorts of measures that benefited the criminal over the law abiding public - Full Story



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