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Articles from Vol. 47, No. 6, June

An Alternative to Conventional Law Enforcement Written Entrance Exams
The National Criminal Justice Officer Selection Inventory Most employers believe that intelligent employees are more productive, take less time to train and are more successful in their careers. Research has shown that in the absence of past work history,...
Automated External Defibrillator Programs
Ten Frequently Asked Questions After a thorough evaluation process, the Downers Grove, Illinois Police Department purchased 25 AEDs, bringing a new level of service and security to the community. The positive benefits this department has experienced...
Brain 'Fingerprinting': Latest Tool for Law Enforcement
Brain fingerprinting is the latest in computer-based technology that allows investigators to identify or exonerate subjects based upon measuring brain-wave responses to crime related pictures or words presented on a computer screen. According to Dr....
Cellular Phones & Pagers for Police
Many of the new information technologies have been successfully applied to law enforcement: * optical scanners simplified the classification and identification of fingerprints * digital imagery increased our ability to link bullets and cartridges to...
Combating Rural Crime
A crime as old as human settlement is on the increase in Australia and the New South Wales Police Service is taking steps to end it. Cattle rustling has the interest of organized gangs that round up and remove hundreds of animals in a single night. In...
Controlled F.O.R.C.E
A new approachdefensive tactics training The pickup truck finally stopped, after being clocked on radar at 85 in a 35 mile an hour zone. The hulking subject, with a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, jumped from the vehicle and yelled at the officer,...
Crime Stats Lowered in New York City
Murder is down over 68% Rape is down over 22% Robbery is down over 54% Felony Assault is down over 29% Burglary is down over 52% Grand Larceny is down over 39% Auto Larceny is down over 60% The City of New York has experienced an unprecedented decrease...
Digital Imaging Benefits Police
Advances in digital imaging have created a wide array of opportunities to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of crime scene photography. The Mesa, Arizona, Police Department implemented an integration program that justifies use of digital...
Dissension Results in HIDTA
The lack of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies is legendary, but when the feds couldn't get along among themselves fighting drug trafficking in Miami or fighting for appropriation dollars in the Congress, High Intensity Drug...
Holding onto a Knowledgeable Resource
Recruiting Reserves from Full-time Ranks Bill Crawford put in 23 years as a full-time sworn officer with the 2,100 member Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department. He worked in all of the major areas of the department; patrol, detectives, traffic enforcement,...
Honor Guard Camp
Again, the Camp Ripley military base was the setting for last year's third annual Honor :Guard Camp hosted by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA). This camp was developed to train LEMA members in the proper Honor Guard procedures....
International News
AUSTRALIA A national conference on anti-crime strategies was told that a Western Australian scheme promoting the installation of vehicle immobilizers should be adopted nationally. Western Australian Police Minister Kevin Prince said 70,000 cars had the...
Investigative Software
Sgt. Joe Friday didn't need it. Lieutenant Columbo didn't need it. Dirty Harry Callahan didn't need it, either, and they all did okay. So, why do you need investigative software? Investigative software can be to indepth police work what word processing...
Lessons from Littleton: Managing the Media in a Crisis
A crowded high school in a quiet neighborhood. Two deranged teenagers, heavily armed. Shots fired. Bombs detonated. The gunmen killed 13 people before taking their own lives. It happened April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School near Littleton, Colorado....
Letters
May Editorial Your editorial in the May 99 issue was right on the money. I have been in law enforcement in Texas for seven years, prior to finding the ideal small department at which I am currently employed. The chief of the department where I used to...
Malicious Radio Interference
It first happened to me on the overnight shift. In the wee hours, a radio was keyed and played country music on the police frequency for perhaps 20 minutes. It was a strong enough signal that the dispatcher could not hear a patrol car radio at the other...
Marine Corps Weapons for Police
The United States Marine Corps is developing several new weapon systems that may assume a significant law enforcement role in the future. Although designed for the military, the weapons could be adapted for use by civilian police. The value of these...
New Ammunition for Handguns
A Nosler designed partition bullet has been added to Winchester Ammunition's popular Ranger "T" bullet in their law enforcement handgun ammunition line. The Ranger "T" series, which most people still refer to as Black Talon even though Winchester changed...
New Shirt with CoolMax
A new short sleeve shirt from Flying Cross by Fechheimer takes advantage of the latest fabric technology to keep officers cool when the heat is on. It's made with a high-performance blend of 65% CoolMax and 35% polyester. The CoolMax shirt wicks moisture...
New Wiretap Laws and Technology
Police investigators that depend on wiretaps or pen registers for evidence collection have traditionally relied on analog-based networks that are linked with "twisted pair copper wire" telephone systems. These are not much different than the very earliest...
Paperwork Reengineering
Sure, the arrest was great...got the guy dead to rights, plain and simple...hauled him into the station and locked him up. Then the daunting task of the paperwork hit. While the crime and subsequent arrest took mere minutes, the paperwork will likely...
Persuasive Grant Proposals
I have reviewed thousands of applications from law enforcement agencies, and I have listened to hundreds of presentations by police executives and other agency administrators. As the chief executive officer of the state agency that administered several...
Police Ethics above Reproach
Jonesboro, Arkansas, two police officers physically abused a drug suspect - who happened to be restrained with handcuffs. The offers were assigned to the agency's Drug Task Force. The officers were cruising an area when they were flagged down by the...
Pre-Academy Training Has Long Term Results
Lower personnel attrition rates and enhanced organizational loyalty can be realistically achieved Early in this decade, some high stress academies experienced attrition rates of up to 35% among entry level recruits during the first weeks of training....
Put Your Policies in Writing
Clear statements of a department's policies regarding vacation, overtime, sick leave and promotion reassures employees and can help avert lawsuits and other results of misunderstanding. Like the shoemaker's children, employees in law enforcement agencies...
Report from Kosovo
Jack Doveno, a former Lieutenant with the Ashland, Massachusetts Police Department, was seeking adventure when he retired. He found it, with a vengeance. He joined a federal government program to train new police officers in Haiti. When that program...
School Shootings: A Country's Concern
Littleton, Colorado. Paducah, Kentucky. Pearl, Mississippi. Springfield, Oregon. Jonesboro, Arkansas. What do these cities and towns have in common? They are communities that suffered a school shooting resulting in deaths of students and teachers alike....
'Stop Everything That Moves'
By Arthur G. Sharp Consider the hypothetical case of Officer Newley S. Warren (which is actually based on real events). Scarcely a week after Warren began patrolling alone, Chief Barley A. Ware started receiving numerous complaints from town council...
Suicide by Cop Revisited
"Officer, I'm sorry to get you involved. I just needed to die. Please let my family know I had to do this. This was all my doing. You had no way of knowing." The above, written by 19-year-old Moshe "Moe" Pergament, was found moments after Officer Anthony...
Technologies and Tools for Public Safety
While vacationers packed Orlando, Florida hotels recently, a group of law enforcement, military and private sector personnel were learning and sharing methods for dealing with challenges to public safety in the near future. The Technologies and Tools...
Technology Aids Translators: Communicating with a Diverse Population Requires Versatility
Is the United States' population becomes more diverse, law enforcement officers .are ever more likely to encounter criminals, victims, witnesses and just ordinary citizens who do not speak or understand English. In over 100 cities, one out of every four...
The Camera Never Lies! Speed Cameras in the UK
It has been more than five years since the first cameras were used to enforce speed limits in the United Kingdom. In that time many motorists have fallen victim to the gray boxes that hug the verges of roads and a sort of folklore has developed surrounding...
Traffic Court: Survival Tips for Police Officers
Probably nothing spoils a perfect day like receiving a subpoena for traffic court. Usually, the case involves a violator you hardly remember and a quick check of your notes is all you have to remind you of the violation. Although most violators pay the...