In a provocative, in-depth interview newly posted online, Insp. Chris Butler, one of North America's leading use-of-force experts, minces no words in assessing present shortcomings of police training. "Currently," he asserts, "many agencies have training paradigms that are directly leading to deaths of officers in the line of duty. This is hard for trainers to swallow, but not all training is good training. And bad training will get officers kil... Full Article »
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Does the shock from a conducted energy weapon impair a suspect's brain function to the point that he or she may not properly respond to a Miranda warning? A CJ research team raises that question in reporting new findings that a person's cognition suffers significantly for a short period after a CEW exposure. Their evidence is not sufficient to "call for a national policy" on post-CEW procedures, the researchers concede, but their report suggest... Full Article »
A unique mental health assessment form that can help officers better communicate with medical personnel and may contribute to reduced wait times in hospital emergency rooms is becoming more widely used now after successful pilot studies. The simple, one-page checklist of various "mental state indicators and behaviors" is designed to give street officers and hospital staffs a "common, descriptive but efficient language" to aid in determining whet... Full Article »
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