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In the Rural Law Enforcement section you'll find news reports and expert articles about what it means to be a police officer in rural America. Early in America’s history, officers rode on horseback from town to town, either alone or with a small posse. Police work has changed drastically since then, but if you patrol in a rural area, you probably have some idea how those cops felt.
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When patting someone down, search for BBs

Most new officers, when asked what to search for while patting someone down, or search incident to arrest,... - Full Story Secure - Login Required


Know your enemy: Hate groups' threat to officer safety Jim Guffey - Rising Through the Ranks

Know your enemy: Hate groups' threat to officer safety

Some estimates indicate that at least 100 new hate-based militia groups have sprung up since 2008 - Full Story


Reducing the dangers of lone-officer contacts Pat Novesky - Rural Policing

Reducing the dangers of lone-officer contacts

For the lone officer, with the nearest backup 30 minutes away, every contact has the potential to be deadly - Full Story

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LEOs on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

LEOs on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

A generation of new officers has grown up with access to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube.

It’s changing the way cops interact with one another and with the public, but the ability for LEOs to be published instantly online also carries the potential for controversy, which ex-sheriff's office employee Jessie Lunderby (in the above photo) learned the hard way.

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Raw video: Fatal shootout caught on dash-cam

Dash-cam video captured this shootout between a suspect and two cops in Kansas City, Missouri. The suspect was killed and the officers were cleared of all wrongdoing.
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Strengthening your shooting grip

Using a variety of grip strengthening tools available from IronMind, police officers can significantly... - Full Story


The impending death of community policing Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

The impending death of community policing

The law enforcement profession must reevaluate its understanding of community policing if there’s an... - Full Story


Jim Glennon - Body Language: Questioning a Subject Secure - Login Required

Law enforcement expert, Jim Glennon, discusses the importance of communication skills for police officers. He gives examples of the types of questions to ask a subject and how to decipher their answers by determining whether they are hesitators, verifiers, or clarifiers. These clues can help you determine whether or not the subject is being truthful.
Jim Glennon - Body Language: Questioning a Subject


Off duty safety: Working with uniforms

Every year we suffer the tragic loss of outstanding officers who, while responding to an incident off... - Full Story Secure - Law Enforcement Only


Build understanding and empathy

Want political representatives, community activists, and/or the media in your area to better understand... - Full Story

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Chief's Office Chief's Office
with Rob Hall
Patrolling the Border Patrolling the Border
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