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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 9, September

Assessing Threats Directed at School Facilities
While working as Chief of Campus Police for a large regional high school district, this author was summonsed by a school principal to assist with a full-scale evacuation after someone discovered the letters "Bo" written on a bathroom wall. When asked...
Basic Principles for High Quality Uniform Appearance: It's Easier Than You Think
A professional uniform appearance is something most agree is of great importance in American policing. The uniform and how it is presented is the first and strongest icon representing the agency. Whether this public perception is positive or negative...
Best Dressed Contest Winners: Police Department: Best City under 200 Officers: Voorhees Township, NJ
Constables and part-time officers handled the law enforcement needs of Voorhees Township from its founding in 1899 until 1961. Sin.Oftpire were no police radios, the porch light system was devised to notify the on-duty officers that a call was pending....
Best Dressed Contest Winners: Police Department: Best Specialized Agency: United States Mint Police, Washington, DC
For the second year in a row, the U.S. mint Police comes away a winner, Established in 1792, the U.S. mint Police is one of America's oldest federal law enforcement agencies. This highly regarded police force provides protection advice and assistance...
Best Dressed Contest Winners: Police Department: Best State Agency: Ohio State Highway Patrol
2003 marks the 70th anniversary of the Ohio Slate Highway Patrol. This highly regarded state agency boasts a roster of 1,517 uniformed personnel in several divisions. They have developed separate operational policies (internal directives) on "Standard...
Canine Case Law
The dog has long been considered "man's best friend." In recent years, some observers have come to consider the canine as being "the officer's best friend" as well. Several federal courts, including the Sixth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, have...
Catching Criminals on the Highway
The United States is a crosshatch of highways, from eight-lane interstates running through the congested heart of downtown to two-lane blacktops slicing through a lonely stretch of forest. They are designed to move people and commerce from one place...
Converting Lists
Law enforcement agencies, like every other business organization, compile a great many lists. Phone numbers, addresses, statutes, bail schedules, etc., make for a lot of data. Having this data in computer-readable form makes it more accessible and easier...
Departmental Divergences on Marijuana Use and New Recruits
Many potential officers' dreams careers in law enforcement may have gone up in smoke because they tried marijuana, either recently or long ago. That is because law enforcement agencies have traditionally opposed hiring people who have used marijuana,...
Dumb Criminals Web Site
These days, you aren't anybody unless you have a Web site, and law enforcement agencies are no exception. But if you want to maintain interest in your site, you have to keep new content flowing to the site, or people have no reason to come back once...
Funding for Safer Intersections
Officers know them because they are frequently called to the accident scene to take statements from witnesses and photograph the vehicles. Drivers know them when they see them: the intersections that are a little too confusing, a little too busy, have...
Future Uniforms
Astreet cop from circa 1960 who encountered a patrolperson from today would probably be curious about what he was wearing. He (and almost all of them were "he" then) would recognize the basic police uniform, but might wonder what it was made of, and...
High-Visibility and Reflective Apparel
The good ole' reflective traffic vest. The usual thinking on these is to get three bids, take the low bid, issue the vest to the officer, and in the trunk it goes never to be seen again. Recently, the whole issue of vehicle and officer conspicuity has...
IPTM's Crash Stat
Traffic crashes kill twice as many people as die from crime. Somehow a fatality that occurs in the course of a robbery is more tragic, and spurs more of any outcry, than a fatality that occurs in a crash. Traffic deaths are more preventable than crime-related...
It's Communication, Stupid!
Most managers know the importance of communication. Yet most employees feel that lack of communication is at the core of their management's weakness. Managers are often astonished when officers complain about communication.The success of a communication...
Keys to Successful Media Interviews
The cornerstone of effective media relations is the interview. If you can handle an interview, everything else more or less falls into place. Conversely, if you cannot succinctly make your points during an interview then all your other Public Information...
Law Enforcement's Role in Street Addresses
A uniform municipal frontage-based addressing system is a key part of any 911-emergency communications system. Normally the task of municipal street addressing is assigned at the county level but in some large urban areas it may be undertaken by the...
Less Lethal, More Control
The V-4 Control Shotgun StreamLess-lethal munitions have grown into a necessary part of law enforcement. They are used to control suspects without the use of excessive force and from a safe distance. However, some less-lethal sprays and fogs pose possible...
Malfeasance of Office
What is malfeasance? It's misconduct or wrong-doing, especially by a public official. Some departments- and some officers- don't think accident investigation is such a big deal. It evidently doesn't matter that more people die in traffic accidents than...
Never Give Up
The Story of Will JimenoOn September 11, 2001, Port Authority Officer Will Jimeno and his academy classmate, Dominick Pezzulo, began their tour of duty at 0645. They stood roll call and received their assignments, working foot posts about a block from...
New from JPS Communications
Radio interoperability is the hot term in America's police departments. The nightmarish notion that poor communications cost lives at Ground Zero, a notion that has been verified to some degree, has made plain that public responders need reliable, compatible...
Pedestrian-Officer Conspicuity
As a rule, we have totally missed the boat on officer visibility, a significant aspect of officer safety. I am not writing about emergency lights, although the current issues associated with rear end collisions have certainly focused the attention on...
People with Abilities: The Untapped Resource
When people think of law enforcement, they think of the rough and tumble aspects of officers or deputies in hot pursuit, arresting bad guys- a job with very physically demanding requirements. In addition to the sworn badge-and-uniform-wearing officers,...
Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations
Pre-employment psychological evaluations have gained popularity in recent years. Their use has been demonstrated in many areas, including prediction of worker productivity, sales potential, management potential, prediction of adjustment to an organizational...
Pregnant Officer Policies
Women make up about 12% of sworn law enforcement officers nationwide. But even though most departments actively recruit women for their ranks, a large number of qualified female officers leave law enforcement after becoming pregnant or giving birth....
Promotional Oral Interviews
A sergeant is a 15-year veteran with his agency. He has a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. he is a metal of valor recipient, a talented trainer, and has worked and excelled in nearly every...
The Ideal Work Schedule
Finding the ideal shift schedule for law enforcement agencies is about as easy as teaching a K9 to fly a police helicopter. At least, that is the consensus of the 34 departments of all specialties and sizes that responded to a recent survey regarding...
The Impact of Repeated Exposure to Trauma
During the course of any officer's career, he will witness acts of violence and horror that most people cannot imagine. Administrators must acknowledge that these experiences will have some type of effect on the officer's personal and professional life.Two...
The Latest TASER Technology
In late 2001, about 20 departments in the United States, including San Diego, Sacramento, Albuquerque and Reno, had the Advanced TASER M26 for every patrol officer. Today, more than 200 departments of all sizes are fully deployed. And over 2500 law enforcement...
Training and Education Via the Internet
When it comes to using the Internet as a tool for training and education, there are two types of officers. The first group knows how to access anything via the computer. The second group still believes PC means "probable cause." Most officers fall somewhere...