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March 02, 2015
Can you (and should you) really use your sights in a gunfight? Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Can you (and should you) really use your sights in a gunfight?

It's important to understand that using your sights in a gunfight is not always necessary or even desirable for effectively placing rounds - Full Story
February 27, 2015
What qualities do cops admire in their colleagues? P1 Community - The Question

What qualities do cops admire in their colleagues?

A question posted on Quora asked, “What qualities do cops admire in their colleagues?” Former... - Full Story
February 27, 2015
How the Norco bank robbery gave rise to patrol rifle programs Mike Wood - Tactical Analysis

How the Norco bank robbery gave rise to patrol rifle programs

A good place to mark the beginning of the modern patrol rifle concept — in which a rifle is a normal part of the everyday kit — is the Norco bank robbery - Full Story
February 20, 2015
The fascinating history of the Sureño Mongol, Ruben Cavazos Andrew Eways - Gang Enforcement

The fascinating history of the Sureño Mongol, Ruben Cavazos

Street cops should have an understanding of gang history — rest assured, members of the gangs you interact with have a very good understanding of that history, and it can affect their actions - Full Story
February 18, 2015
5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

5 'rules' for winning courtroom testimony

The below rules will help you overcome instances in the courtroom when being cross-examined by a defense attorney whose focused purpose is to discredit you — even if you’re telling the truth - Full Story
February 17, 2015
Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution? American Military University - In Public Safety

Police Militarization: Reality, Hype, or Natural Evolution?

Tragic events such as the 2014 Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. and the police-involved death of Eric Garner in New York City has spurred debate about whether or not police departments within the U.S. are becoming more militarized. - Full Story
February 17, 2015
The truth about police use of LPRs: What citizens need to know Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

The truth about police use of LPRs: What citizens need to know

It is incumbent on agencies that successfully use this technology to further inform a suspicious public about the benefits of these devices - Full Story
February 13, 2015
3 integrated concepts for domestic violence investigations David Cropp - Domestic Violence Prevention & Investigation

3 integrated concepts for domestic violence investigations

Embracing these three concepts will do a lot to move law enforcement into the future of effective response and investigation of DV / CEDV calls for service - Full Story
February 06, 2015
Are you forgetting a crucial element in use-of-force training? Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

Are you forgetting a crucial element in use-of-force training?

Every officer must know the U.S. Supreme Court holding in Graham v. Connor — the standard for police officer use of force is one of “objective reasonableness” — but it is equally important that officers know their specific state statutes concerning use of force - Full Story
February 05, 2015
6 keys ways police leaders can get courageous (and honest) feedback from employees Travis Yates - Police Driving:
Safety Behind the Wheel

6 keys ways police leaders can get courageous (and honest) feedback from employees

Bad leaders don’t want feedback — or simply ignore it when given — but courageous leaders crave feedback and seek it on a daily basis - Full Story



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