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New Tech for Drug Detection

Jun 11, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

On a warm summer night in Camden County, Ga., a Camden County Sheriff’s deputy is operating a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) laser speed measurement device on Interstate 95/Georgia 405. Suddenly, the deputy observes a vehicle traveling northbound above the maximum speed limit. The deputy then confirms this violation with the LIDAR and conducts a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, the deputy develops probable cause to search the vehicl... Full Article »

Beyond the Routine Traffic Stop

May 30, 2019 in Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

“You never know how much you can do, until you try to do more than you can.” ---T. Blauer One of the bizarre things Keith Richards said was, "I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem." Now, two young men in Brunswick, Ga., can concur. On a hot and muggy Saturday morning, tempers flared between Cedric Ramsey, 26, and a female in a yard in Brunswick. A nearby citizen called 911 as a result. Ramsey and a friend, Ronald Ulmer, 35,... Full Article »

Another Hero Down

May 15, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

“You’re in the arms of the Angel, may you find some comfort here.” The Savannah Police Department (SPD) confirmed one officer has died after a shooting Saturday night near the 2300 block of Bull Street in Savannah, Ga. According to the Savannah Police Department, officers responded to the area of Bull Street around 8:10 p.m. to follow up on a previous robbery call. The officers located the suspect’s vehicle and tried to approach the ca... Full Article »

A Fair Con?

Oct 16, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

The easiest way to steal a man's wallet is to tell him you're going to steal his watch. ― Leigh Bardugoh It’s October again! Fresh, crisp air and colorful leaves falling from the trees, mellow mornings filled with delicate mists as the sun glistens across the damp, wet grass, and windy nights with clear skies usher in fall festivals and family fun. It’s that time of year when the lights and sounds of carnivals fill communities across ... Full Article »

Promotions Fleeced?

Aug 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

90% of all management problems are caused by miscommunication --Dale Carnegie Embattled city manager marred by past controversy allegedly fleeces promotions and salaries from Brunswick, Ga. police officers. Brunswick city manager, James Drumm, created new controversy with his disingenuous decision to refuse to pay the required salaries of six Brunswick police officers promoted to corporal by Chief Kevin Jones, Brunswick Police Department (BPD).... Full Article »

Darien PD “Smacks” Down Drug Traffickers

Jul 22, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage. --Pope Francis One-minute shy of midnight on July 3, 2017, the efforts to thwart drug trafficking through a small and beautiful Georgia community paid off as officers from the Darien Police Department, Darien, Ga., intercepted one of the nation's deadliest drugs. While operating a Stalker XLR LIDAR ... Full Article »

Building Blue Bridges

Jul 14, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

Imagine working as a criminal investigator in Baghdad, Iraq, and attempting to use forensic science to work crime scenes in hostile combat environments with limited resources. Further, imagine trying to teach these same techniques to law enforcement officers in Botswana, Africa, where resources are insufficient in a country formally listed as one of the poorest locations on earth. It would seem impossible to accomplish. But Michael Hullihan, Jr. ... Full Article »

The Void that Cannot be Filled

Jul 10, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The perception of law enforcement in America is one of disdain for many, based on several founded and unfounded incidents over the last eight years. Rarely officers are shown in a positive light by the media, who relish in the conflict between police and the community because of the increase ratings and profit margins. Then t... Full Article »

When It’s Time to Sacrifice All

Jul 06, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Robert J. Kicklighter

Police officers are scrutinized more than ever in today’s world. They are subject to audio and video recordings where the world can review their response to any incident. Also, their actions are constantly questioned by members of the community and media. Further, when they use force, they are rarely supported by the public. In 1997, officers from the Glynn County Police Department were forced to use the force they spent 3 ½ hours trying to av... Full Article »