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The Patrol Issues topic page offers news, commentary, analysis, and tactical tips that will help prepare police officers for life on the thin blue line. Suspect contacts, witness interviews, foot pursuits, citizen complaints, angry sergeants, and endless report writing are day-to-day activities for a patrol officer who knows that the “routine” is anything but routine.
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Mass. town keeps police pay incentives

By Chris Hamel The Springfield RepublicanWEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In a marathon session on Monday... - Full Story


Longtime Conn. cop takes job in public defender's office

By Ann DeMatteo New Haven RegisterNORTH HAVEN, Conn. — A five-star dad and cop hung up his holster... - Full Story


Dallas police pioneering new photo lineup approach

Dallas police pioneering new photo lineup approach

By Jeff Carlton Associated PressDALLAS — Frustrated with a string of wrongful convictions, the... - Full Story


Pa. police pepper spray exercise goes awry

By Rob Wheary and Mallory Szymanski News-ItemMOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Sandra Pelus was sitting... - Full Story


Wyo. town hires consultant to review TASER incident

By Matt Joyce Associated PressCHEYENNE, Wyo. — The town of Glenrock has hired a consultant to investigate... - Full Story


N.M. police suspend reserve program after volunteer cop made illegal arrests

By T.J. Wilham Albuquerque JournalALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque police chief suspended the... - Full Story


Fatal fatigue Betsy Brantner Smith - Survival Insights

Fatal fatigue

As I’ve been traveling around the country lately, meeting and talking with so many of you, the co... - Full Story

In-depth News

Informants are a double-edged sword

Informants are a double-edged sword

While confidential informants can be incredibly valuable sources of information, running a CI is a delicate operation even under the best of circumstances, and poses a wide array of problems and pitfalls. The first and most obvious issue is that most people who have access to the inner workings of a criminal organization, and therefore the most valuable intelligence, are themselves criminals. - Full Story


Texas cop killed responding to disturbance call

By Jason Witmer and James Nielsen Houston ChronicleA Pasadena police officer was killed this morning... - Full Story


Improving ethics training for the 21st century Dr. Bruce Bayley - Ethics in Law Enforcement

Improving ethics training for the 21st century

Ethical behavior is the foundation of any professional organization - Full Story

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