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February 19, 2014
Do police officers have too much or too little discretion? P1 Community - The Question

Do police officers have too much or too little discretion?

A question posted recently on Quora asked, “Do police officers have too much or too little discretion?”... - Full Story
February 18, 2014
Product Review: The RangerX rugged tablet Lindsey J. Bertomen - Police Products

Product Review: The RangerX rugged tablet

The RangerX tablet uses a rugged display glass and a plastic encased magnesium frame with corner bumpers - Full Story
February 14, 2014
Dragged by a meth-fueled felon: Lessons learned by a lucky cop Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Dragged by a meth-fueled felon: Lessons learned by a lucky cop

Missouri State Trooper Cody Dunfee still doesn't know why his instincts were to lunge at the suspect's car as it took off - Full Story
February 07, 2014
Dispatchers: Unsung heroes and a 'lifeline' for LEOs Karen L. Bune - Criminals, Victims, and Cops

Dispatchers: Unsung heroes and a 'lifeline' for LEOs

There is a special connection between police dispatchers and police officers - Full Story
January 31, 2014
Politics, pot, and police: Slouching toward marijuana legalization Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Politics, pot, and police: Slouching toward marijuana legalization

Might we consider the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013 — a proposed bill aimed at reducing mandatory minimum sentencing for “non-violent” drug offenses — another step toward marijuana legalization? - Full Story
January 30, 2014
Quickly read, analyze, and interpret body language John Bowden - On Language, Communication, and Leadership

Quickly read, analyze, and interpret body language

I came up with five categories of general behavior — it is not a total list of all behaviors, but rather, a list of general behavior — to look for during an interview or interrogation - Full Story
January 29, 2014
Do TV/movie cops influence real police officers? Dave Grossi - Tactics & Training

Do TV/movie cops influence real police officers?

Admire and honor Chicago PD Detective Dennis Farina, but do not emulate or copy his character from “Law and Order” - Full Story
January 24, 2014
4 creative 'tricks' to keep you safe on patrol Marty Katz - Past the Uniform

4 creative 'tricks' to keep you safe on patrol

There are so many tricks of the trade to defuse street encounters and advance investigations — what are yours? - Full Story
January 24, 2014
SHOT Show 2014: Oakley's Prizm lenses made for target recognition Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

SHOT Show 2014: Oakley's Prizm lenses made for target recognition

The Oakley booth was drawing crowds at SHOT show this year following the announcement of their new Prizm... - Full Story
January 22, 2014
Resolve to rise past the plateau in 2014 Althea Olson and Mike Wasilewski - More Than A Cop

Resolve to rise past the plateau in 2014

Unfulfilled promise can be a catalyst for professional burnout, especially when we feel that somewhere along the line we dropped the reins — make the effort to make changes - Full Story



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