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Unpacking Our Ethical Duties

Aug 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Scot DuFour

Is there ever a conceivable time that a cop accepting a free cup of coffee would be ethically acceptable? How about a time when a cop telling a lie in their official capacity would be the right thing to do? I can think of times where those two acts might not only be acceptable but the exact thing you should do. Police officers are routinely placed into situations where it seems there is no good solution. Law enforcement as a profession has come... Full Article »

Eyewitness Misidentification of Suspects

Jul 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By: Scot DuFour

According to the Innocence Project, there have been 350 people in the United States exonerated by DNA testing for crimes they did not commit. The causes of wrongful conviction are likely numerous but one statistic from the Innocence Project stands out: 71% of those 350 cases involved the incorrect identification of the suspect by a witness. Clearly we need to search for reasons that witnesses misidentify so many suspects and strive to correct the... Full Article »

Legal Marijuana & Drug Cartels

May 24, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Scot DuFour

The elections of 2016 increased the number of states that allow for legal or decriminalized use and possession of marijuana. You can now legally use marijuana recreationally if you are at least 21 years old and are in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or Washington, D.C. There are many arguments about the benefits of legalizing marijuana, and there are many unanswered questions about the real-world af... Full Article »

Stopping the 5,000-lb. Bullet

Apr 20, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Scot DuFour

The terrorist attack in London recently was yet another example of an increasing trend across the globe. Terrorists and lone wolf attackers using vehicles as weapons has become a common method for killing as many people as possible. We’ve seen these attacks in Sweden, Germany, France, England, and elsewhere. The availability of vehicles, and the sheer number of cars on the road, provide an attacker with an effective weapon that can easily go u... Full Article »