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February 17, 2015
The truth about police use of LPRs: What citizens need to know Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 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
February 04, 2015
How ‘broken windows’ policing devolved into a false narrative of racism Sgt. Glenn French - SWAT Operator

How ‘broken windows’ policing devolved into a false narrative of racism

The premise that there is a systemic racial problem in American law enforcement is simply unfounded and without merit - Full Story
February 04, 2015
How cops are catching grow ops with AM radios Keith Graves - The Drug Warrior

How cops are catching grow ops with AM radios

Many ham operators can locate a grow simply by taking a radio and portable antennae out into their neighborhood and using the radio to triangulate the exact location of the grow - Full Story
January 30, 2015
Fatigued and fighting: How civilians came to aid a cop under attack Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Fatigued and fighting: How civilians came to aid a cop under attack

As he tried to gain separation from a dangerous suspect, an officer suddenly found himself on the ground and vulnerable - Full Story
January 30, 2015
Are Hollywood portrayals of policing detrimental to effective policing in the real world? P1 Community - The Question

Are Hollywood portrayals of policing detrimental to effective policing in the real world?

A question posted recently on Quora asked, "Are Hollywood portrayals of policing detrimental to... - Full Story
January 26, 2015
3 things cops should look for in a flashlight fit for duty Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

3 things cops should look for in a flashlight fit for duty

The challenge for officers and departments is to identify the purpose of an illumination system and then find the product that best meets their needs - Full Story
January 22, 2015
Former cop debuts sleek, lightweight body cam with LEDs Cole Zercoe - Policing in the 21st Century

Former cop debuts sleek, lightweight body cam with LEDs

The body camera is activated by what the company calls a "mistake-free" slide panel that uncovers the camera’s lens and turns it on - Full Story



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