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Simple form helps officers expedite mental illness calls Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Simple form helps officers expedite mental illness calls

The Brief Mental Health Screener (BMHS) was developed primarily by Ron Hoffman, PhD, a former Toronto constable who now serves as coordinator of mental health training at the Ontario (Canada) Police College - Full Story

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A cop's split-second decision: Real or replica? P1 Community - The Question

A cop's split-second decision: Real or replica?

A question posted on Quora asked, “What's it like to be a police officer who sees a kid with what looks like a real gun?” 20-year veteran Of... - Full Story

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IACP 2014: How cops can safeguard children of arrested parents

IACP 2014: How cops can safeguard children of arrested parents

For children, seeing a parent get cuffed and put into the back of a squad can can have a lifelong impact. - Full Story

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Firefighter creates live-streaming body cam with reliable storage solution

The Oncall body camera has the capability to transmit live video, audio, high quality snapshots, and GPS location in real time back to a command center.

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Firefighter creates live-streaming body cam with reliable storage solution Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

Firefighter creates live-streaming body cam with reliable storage solution

The Oncall body camera has the capability to transmit live video, audio, high quality snapshots, and GPS location in real time back to a command center - Full Story

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IACP Quick Take: When should you view your body cam footage? Loraine Burger - Perspectives on Policing

IACP Quick Take: When should you view your body cam footage?

The body camera will pick up things that you missed, and likewise you will see things the camera can't capture - Full Story

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4 revelations from the leaked Michael Brown autopsy report

4 revelations from the leaked Michael Brown autopsy report

The fact that the report was leaked at all may actually be the most interesting piece of the story. I contend that the leak foreshadows the findings of the grand jury considering charges against Wilson to be imminent — and that no charges will be filed. - Full Story

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St. Louis police union shows politicians the stress of the job

Union invited about 60 people, including all of St. Louis' aldermen, civil service commission members, local state representatives and senators to the event - Full Story

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5 things police officers should know about their body language Justin Freeman - Patrolling Main Street

5 things police officers should know about their body language

Are you as mindful of the nonverbal communication you project on the job as you are about the body language of the people with whom you interact on the streets? - Full Story

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'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

'Cadaver dog' work more accepted by cops, courts

Increasingly, police investigators and courts are putting their faith in four-legged tools — canines that can detect even small particles of human remains - Full Story



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