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June 10, 2015
Why the 'pool party' arrest hysteria is (again) dead wrong Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - Be Advised...

Why the 'pool party' arrest hysteria is (again) dead wrong

Critics of the McKinney cop who say he never should have used force against that bikini-clad teen should be reminded that she could have avoided any force had she simply complied with lawful commands - Full Story
May 29, 2015
What are the most common struggles in the life of a cop? P1 Community - The Question

What are the most common struggles in the life of a cop?

A question posted recently on Quora asked, “What are the most common problems in the life of a... - Full Story
May 11, 2015
How the SPD is using YouTube to usher in a new era of police transparency Cole Zercoe - Policing in the 21st Century

How the SPD is using YouTube to usher in a new era of police transparency

The Seattle Police Department's strategy of looking outward to find solutions may ultimately help agencies nationwide - Full Story
May 11, 2015
From research to court: Update on conducted electrical weapons Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

From research to court: Update on conducted electrical weapons

In real-life confrontations, TASERs are effective in incapacitating actively resistant suspects over 90 percent of the time, compared to a success rate of less than 75 percent for pepper spray, according to a new study by two associate professors in criminal justice - Full Story
April 24, 2015
Debunking 6 myths about in-custody death Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D. - Passion for the Job

Debunking 6 myths about in-custody death

At this year’s 2015 ILEETA conference, expert Lawrence offered the following about the misconceptions surrounding in-custody deaths and injuries - Full Story
March 27, 2015
Roots of the reactive posture: Culture PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

Roots of the reactive posture: Culture

Overreaction prompts officers to fire fifty rounds at unarmed suspects — under-reaction leaves officers brutalized or dead - Full Story
February 17, 2015
What agencies need to know about the limitations of body cam technology David Blake - The Science of Training

What agencies need to know about the limitations of body cam technology

A camera may have perfect visual acuity, but it has no perception whatsoever — only the human brain can perceive and process the significance of the incoming data - Full Story
February 16, 2015
Use-of-force expert finds hidden truth in 'incriminating' video Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Use-of-force expert finds hidden truth in 'incriminating' video

Lt. Paul Marik of the Pleasant Prairie (Wis.) PD painstakingly reviewed a dash-cam recording frame by frame, breaking it down into fractions of a second, allowing him to “see the action as someone would feel it” - Full Story
February 06, 2015
Why the less-lethal 'Alternative' is bad idea Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

Why the less-lethal 'Alternative' is bad idea

The Alternative less lethal device seems likely to do no good and might do considerable harm - 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



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Be Advised... Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
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