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Law Enforcement Today | November 1, 2014

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Officer Involved Shootings

March 14, 2012 |

In my thirty plus years as a police officer I have developed a mind frame that the possibility exists that one day I could be placed in a situation where I would be required to use my … Read More

Use of Force – Dynamic Computers?

March 1, 2012 |

Standard use of force and officer safety training catch phrases used throughout law enforcement include being “mentally and physically alert”, being and acting “actively”, “dynamically”, “proactively”, “flexible”, “fluidly” and “unpredictably”. We tell responders not to be reactive, not to be … Read More

Former NYPD Officer Sent Back to Prison

January 28, 2012 | 3

What would you do if someone aimed a baseball bat at your elderly father’s head?.  One off-duty former officer’s actions in 2006 answering that question landed him in prison after he was convicted of killing another man in … Read More

DOJ Concludes Warren Ohio Police Department Investigation

January 17, 2012 |

In my January 7th article, I addressed the importance and value of documentation.  A police agency can do no better than to demonstrate the ability to investigate itself. This is especially true in the area of use … Read More

Document, Document, Document

January 12, 2012 | 3

Gloucester Township, New Jersey just settled an excessive force suit initiated against Patrol Officer Kevin Thyne. The complainant’s mother sued almost two years after the incident on October 8, 2009.  The incident occurred on September 9, 2007 when her … Read More

DOJ Recommends Change in Use of Force Policy at Portland, Oregon PD

January 5, 2012 |

Following a Department of Justice inquiry, the Portland Police Department has changed its procedures regarding the use of force. Both the Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon police were investigated by the Department of Justice alleging that both … Read More

New Video Coverage Shows UC Davis Police Were Right

December 7, 2011 | 1

I wrote an article for LET recently stressing that law enforcement needs to adjust to changing times and technology in regard to cell phone video cameras.  I mentioned that officers are finding their actions video-recorded by citizens with cell phones in … Read More

NYPD Shootings at an All-Time Low

November 28, 2011 | 1

If  you watch the mainstream media for any length of time, you’ll notice something about law enforcement coverage.  Most of the time, news stories about police are negative.  Like any other occupation, law enforcement has its small percentage of spouse … Read More