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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 10, October

Appearance and Grooming Policies
As social norms change, police departments have to consider what is acceptable appearance for officers in today's world. One example recently arose in Philadelphia, when Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson announced that officers could have full...
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Avoiding a Weak Battery
When charging a battery, the ready light will eventually illuminate, indicating that the battery is fully charged. The user assumes the battery has reached its full potential and takes the pack with confidence.The light does not guarantee a good battery;...
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Bad Law: People V. Vincent Cooper
A recent New York Judicial decision would permit drug dealers to avoid prosecution by simply eating the drugs. The judiciary may be attempting to pre-empt even de minimis and reasonable non-lethal police force.In October 2002, Judge Harris of the New...
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Blue Ribbon Panel Becomes Law Enforcement Safety and Stops
By now you have probably heard about the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) being associated with an increased risk of fire after a high-speed rear end collision. However, you may not have heard much more than this.In 1997, Florida Highway...
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Chief Complaints: Coping with a Bad Boss
Ten seconds after reporting for duty, an officer hears the news that he's getting a new boss. Coming under new management can be stressful for everyone concerned.Promotion from within is both easier and harder for the ones left behind to deal with. In...
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Complainer: Troublemaker or Constructive?
In an informal survey of police organizations and their organizational charts, the absence of a key position was noted. Nowhere in the hierarchy of any department, amidst the lines and blocks, was there a line or a block for a disgruntled employee, or...
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Conflict Management
Conflict is normal in all organizations, and becomes negative when left unresolved. The conflict then becomes: disputes, unhealthy competition, sabotage, loss of productivity, low morale and game playing.Most organizations have methods in place to deal...
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Cooperative Enforcement Agreements
When the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) assumed responsibility for the Broward County's (FL) Pretrial Services Division in October of 2000, it opened the door for a mutually beneficial relationship between the court system and local law enforcement....
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Courtroom Testimony
Courtroom testimony has become a facet of the law enforcement profession that is scrutinized by prosecutors, defense, the public and even Court TV. Even the most seasoned officer still gets a twinge when called to testify but with the right attitude,...
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Creating High Performance Organizations
There have been no significant informational breakthroughs in management training within recent years. There are new buzzwords or catch phrases, but essentially information on development of management and leadership skills remains unchanged. The essential...
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Crime Maps and Bathrooms
How well are you using the information provided to you by your Crime Analyst Units? Not long ago I took command of a busy urban police district in a metropolitan county in Maryland. Once I was able to recover from the awaiting paperwork and phone calls,...
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Customizable Citations
In the computer age when computers have been becoming smaller and more manageable, they have become more suitable for a vast array of occupations. Law enforcement is certainly one of the top fields that need access to criminal data-bases and capturing...
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Date Rape Drugs
Roofies, saltwater and Special K are not the ingredients to make a low fat, diet breakfast or the name of the next heavy metal band coming to town. They are terms you may very well hear when investigating your next sexual assault case. Because a rapist...
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Discipline Is Management 101
Disciplining, reprimanding or otherwise correcting those who work for you is among the most difficult tasks of management. It is also among the most basic tasks, and among the most critical. You must do it, or else.The police manager or supervisor faces...
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Engines of the Bullet Proof Tour
It took tough, dependable, marine outboard engines to push the Zodiac boats of the Bullet Proof Tour 1800 miles down the Mississippi without out a single mechanical problem, not even a spark plug change. But then, Johnson outboards have been around since...
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Ethical Backup: A Policing Tradition
In 1829 Britain's Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel introduced the Metropolitan Police Act. The act introduced revolutionary reforms that would forge the field of policing from a mere practice into a proud and respected profession. The need for reform was...
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Film-Quality Digital Cameras
Many, if not most, law enforcement agencies have seen the advantage of converting their photographic resources to digital format for routine purposes, but they still tend to use conventional film cameras for the most critical work. There are some legalistic...
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How to Fail as a Leader
Some leaders fail simply because no one has ever made them understand a simple principle. Practicing bad leadership will not turn out to be good some day. If the leader's style is bad, some aspects need to change. If a leader keeps doing what he has...
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ID Scanners
Controlling Underage DrinkingEach year, more than three-quarter million people come to Ybor City, the restored, historic downtown area of Tampa, FL. By reputation, this fashionably wicked party spot is unique to any other place but New Orleans' Bourbon...
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Incident Debriefings for Patrol
Supervisors are often faced with the harsh reality of diminishing training time and resources. While training law enforcement officers on a regular basis is the catalyst for promoting safety and reducing organizational liability, training is frequently...
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Inspirational Leadership and Ethics
Ethics is emerging as the leading issue facing law enforcement leadership. Yet, I believe that our modern culture has discouraged the development of a commitment to a firm set of ethics. Relativism is In.It has become vogue to be open-minded. Some educators...
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Keyboard Shortcuts
It's difficult to find a computer for sale that doesn't come equipped with a mouse or some other pointing device (touchpad, trackball, pointing stick, etc.), and it's difficult to remember a time when computers didn't have them. In fact, Macintosh computers...
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Leadership and Destructive Criticism
Negative comments overheard in the squad room are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to destructive criticisms about leaders who take accountability seriously. The status quo defenders will do anything to undermine, criticize and demoralize any...
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Mindset: The Ultimate Weapon
Cpl. Terry Metts of the Pinellas County, FL, Sheriff's Office could see his fellow officers and deputies nearby, but they were unable to reach him because of repeated gunfire from the house to the rear of the property and a streetlight that illuminated...
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Model Policy for Officer Domestic Violence
Law enforcement agencies in the United States are faced with the challenge of preventing and responding to cases of domestic violence perpetrated by their own employees, including officers. Several research studies suggest that officers may be more likely...
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New Advances in Thermal Imaging
What officers on the street really need is the ability to see in the dark, or through fog or smoke, or to discern a criminal from the bushes or the tree where he is hiding, or to see the footprint trail on the carpet or the floor left by the person he...
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Officer Domestic Violence
On April 26, 2003, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame shot his wife Crystal and himself in front of their two children. Media attention both in Tacoma and elsewhere focused on this terrible tragedy and briefly raised the issues of domestic violence in police...
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Officer Survival
An Officer Safety Bulletin (006-03) was issued from the Wisconsin Dells, WI Police Department regarding traffic stops. While working patrol, a detective noticed a subject riding down the middle of the road on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). A Hummer (SUV)...
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Operation Disruption: Aims to Reduce Violence
The Chicago Police Department unveiled a revolutionary crime suppression initiative that will use specially developed and customized technology to reduce crime in Chicago's most violence prone communities.Dubbed Operation Disruption," the effort is the...
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Philadelphia Opens Its Doors to the 110th Annual IACP Conference
The IACP has been around since 1893: the 2003 Conference marks the 110th time IACP members have gathered from around the globe. Its history is rich and its importance realized throughout the profession. And the IACP chose a city rich in American history...
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Police Sniper Needs Assistance
What is the average distance of a police sniper shooting in the United States? Most people in the tactical community will answer somewhere in the range of 58-77 yards. When asked about the source of that information, almost all tactical officers allude...
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Proper Eyewitness Identification Procedures
Defense council may be able to undermine eyewitness identifications on several grounds. First, visibility conditions may be poor: low light, poor weather, etc. Second, many research studies report that even under good visibility, humans are poor at facial...
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Recognizing and Surviving the Blade
Training Tomorrow's SurvivorsEach and every day law enforcement officers, both male and female, put their lives at risk by the nature of their chosen profession. Unfortunately, this becomes all the more apparent when attention is drawn to yet another...
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Stopping Political Interference
Citizens who step forward to serve as city council or commission members, or mayors must truly be dedicated. Certainly some local politicians have self-serving hidden agendas or are driven by their egos. Yet many elected officials are unselfishly willing...
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Strategic Leadership
Mission, vision, values, goals, objectives and strategic planning are just some of the leadership buzzwords of the late 20th Century. Virtually all professional executives have attempted to understand what all the buzzwords mean and make them a reality....
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Taking over without Going Overboard
One of the most critical periods in a new supervisor's tenure is the first two or three months. Whether he is elected or appointed, whether a sheriff, a chief or division commander, what he does-and doesn't do-can determine whether he and his department...
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Taking Traffic Safety to the Seas
The congestion at rush hour on the roadways of Jacksonville, FL, does not compare to the hustle and bustle of the flight deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Choreographed like a Broadway show, men and women shuffle around wearing distinguishing colored...
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Ten Things Every Chief Should Know about Training
Every chief should realize that training doesn't cost, it pays! Here are 10 things every chief should know about training.1. Know your state's training requirements and make sure that your agency meets them, states Lebanon, PA, Chief Bill Harvey. "You're...
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The ABCs of Great Leadership
Attitude: "People can alter their lives by altering their attitudes," William James declared. Let his wisdom soak into your consciousness because the attitude you bring to life will be more important than the facts you face. Your attitude will determine...
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The PIO Triangle
Here's a simple three-ingredient recipe for media relations that will serve you well for both day-to-day "routine" news coverage and major crisis situations. I call it "The PIO Triangle" and have taught it at media relations workshops around the country....
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The S.P.E.A.R. System(TM) and Converting the Flinch Response
In the field of Close Quarters Combat and Defensive Tactics Instruction there has long been a widespread lack of understanding of the neurophysiological effects of fear and adrenaline, and the so-called "fight or flight" response. An understanding of...
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Things We Forget Immediately
For some unknown reason, officers forget things. I had a state trooper ask me one time if I would help take some measurements for a scale diagram. The request was later changed to, "Would you make the measurements? I forgot how." How do you forget how...
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Training, Funding and Equipment
An Antiterrorism TriangleWhen an explosion rocked a Yale Law School building in New Haven, CT, around 4:40 p.m. on May 21, 2003, speculation began immediately about the nature of the blast, who was responsible for it, whether there was a terrorist connection,...
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Waiting. the Knock and Announce Statute
The Supreme judicial Court recently accepted the appeal of a potentially groundbreaking search and seizure case, United States v. Lashawn Lowell Banks, 282 F.3d 699, 703 (9th Cir. 2002). A crucial component of the decision rests upon the Court's definition...
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Working with Rural Drug Units
Since the beginning of law enforcement, officers from rural agencies have been forced to wear the many hats of specialized units. The luxury of a patrol officer from a small agency being able to call upon crime scene investigation, major crime, white...
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Zodiac Boats of the Bullet Proof Tour
Suspects have been using waterborne operations since the United States was founded. Law enforcement needs to go where the perps go. Today, Zodiac boats provide this option.Everyone involved in maritime operations has heard of Zodiac inflatable and Zodiac...
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