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Week 348
August 29, 2007

Distractions and aggressive subjects —
what a new study and past experience tell us

Researchers from the University of Kentucky confirmed recently what skillful cops have known for years: well-timed, well-crafted distractions can derail difficult suspects from violent intentions.

The researchers tested this theory with drunks, but their findings are relevant to a wide variety of tough-to-handle subjects, including the drug addled, the mentally ill, and the emotionally distraught or irate.

The researchers found that the degree of distraction is important. If the attempted diversion is too mild, it won't attract enough of the subject's attention. If it's too intense or confusing, it "might engender more aggression due to frustration" ... Full Story

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Ohio officer reassigned after controversial YouTube.com videos

Ohio Officer Susan Purtee, left, has stirred up controversy by posting homemade videos with racist remarks. Purtee made the videos on her off time. Watch Video
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The city police department reassigned a patrol officer to a desk job Tuesday after she posted on YouTube a series of homemade videos disparaging blacks, Jews, Cubans and illegal immigrants.

Officer Susan Purtee, 60, and her sister, Barbara Gordon-Bell, 52, of Parkland, made and distributed videos blaming those groups for problems in U.S. society.

The mayor called the videos offensive and her department has started an internal administrative investigation ... Full Story

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Avoid a disaster with this easy backup

In today's tip, a P1 member offers advice on using a second light to easily scan the area without taking intense light off the suspect.

He also discusses the positives and negatives of certain types of bulbs, and he makes some recommendations on a dynamic flashlight combo ... Full Tip

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N.M. motorcycle officer has
fatal crash during motorcade

End of Watch: August 27, 2007

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