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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 »

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 »

Improving Deescalation with Defensive Tactics

Jul 11, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
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The last article I wrote was titled “Building the DT Toolbox” and in it I suggested that when training recruits or novice police officers, an instructor’s primary focus should be to build their student’s “toolbox.” I then stated that the toolbox will be the “foundation upon which everything else will be built.” Notice that I didn’t state that the defensive toolbox will be the foundation upon which all other defensive tactics tra... 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 »

Stretching Your Brain

Jun 27, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher Randy Larcher & Jesse Williams

If you’ve ever built anything of consequence, you know it is crucial to develop a plan before proceeding with the project. First comes the mental concept, or a picture in your mind of the desired outcome. This is then translated to the blueprints, which are essential to create a list of building materials. They also make sure the different components fit together optimally. Can you imagine trying to build a home without a set of plans? Most o... Full Article »

Police Week: Why It Matters

Jun 26, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Due to the tragic loss of two officers from my department in 2016, I was asked by the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA) national president whether I would like to attend National Police Week in Washington D.C. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity. If you’re ever given the opportunity, I implore you to attend too. For me it was an incomparable and unforgettable life experience. What It Is For those who don’t know, Polic... Full Article »

The Tool That’s Been Forgotten

Jun 20, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
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Regardless of personal beliefs as to the beginning of humanity, it is apparent that communication is an important part of relationship building. Early man used every skill available to communicate to his partner. Of these skills, nonverbal communication was vital to the survival of man. Body language expert Joe Navarro (2011) has written, “This has been part of our biological heritage for so long that we still primarily communicate nonverbally,... Full Article »

Top 10 Case Laws That All FTOs Should Know, Part 2

Jun 19, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

[Publisher’s Note: The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.] Last time we delved into the first five of the ten cases we believe every FTO should know and be able to relate to their own investigations and contacts, and now here’s the second half. Reme... Full Article »

If Law Enforcement Were a Private Company …

Jun 19, 2017 in Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

When I first became a supervisor I attended a course where the instructor spoke about private businesses compared to government organizations. And I tuned him right out. “We aren’t private industry,” I said to myself. “Apples and Oranges. So move on, no point in this discussion.” And I was stupid. It took me years of being a boss and a degree in higher education to understand the point he was trying to make. Which is: Private compani... Full Article »

A Matter of Perspective

Jun 12, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
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Being a police officer is one the greatest joys of my life. The ability to serve, protect the vulnerable, and make an immediate impact on the lives of people I contact on a daily basis is beyond gratifying. Every day I put on that uniform I’m filled with a sense of purpose and determination to be the best I can be. I constantly remind myself of why I wanted to walk this path and remember all the hardships and difficulties I endured to get to t... Full Article »

Technology & Homemade “Ghost” Guns

Jun 12, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Mark Tallman

Recent years have seen rapid developments in manufacturing technologies like 3D printers and computer numeric controlled (CNC) mills. These tools are legal, multi-use, increasingly available, and hold tremendous beneficial potential. They've also brought renewed attention to homemade (or "DIY") firearms, fueling speculation about a new "ghost gun" epidemic. I've spent the last couple years researching this topic, reviewing hundreds of documents... Full Article »

Slow Down the Ticking Clock

Jun 06, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

We’re hearing about it almost every day from pundits and politicians: Cops need training in “deescalation.” It’s a point, by the way, I whole-heartedly agree with. Where I part company with most of these self-appointed experts is in just what “deescalation” means and how it can be applied (or not) in real life. Deescalation doesn’t mean what or work the way, I’m afraid, our critics think it does. But regardless we do need more tr... Full Article »

Top 10 Case Laws All FTOs Should Know

May 31, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Patrol & Training
By Graham Tinius and Daniel Greene

[Publisher’s Note: The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.] We're always surprised when we hear a fellow officer, especially a field training officer, unable to describe the details of Graham v. Connor. It has such significance that anyone in law enforcem... 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 »

Building the D.T. Toolbox

May 24, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Training
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I'm a cop who's spent the last 12 years teaching defensive tactics (DT) to military and law enforcement personnel around the world. The goal of this article is not to promote or denounce any one defensive tactics system, but to simply offer suggestions on how to improve an agency’s current program based on my own experience. Tools & Toolbox I’ve trained cadre at various police academies around the nation and the primary philosophy that ... Full Article »

Security – What’s in a Word? Pt. 2

May 15, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
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[Publisher’s Note: This opinion article originally appeared in the April, 2017, issue of Security Magazine and is reprinted here, in two parts, with permission. To read the first part, ] If there is a scenario where law enforcement agency receives a call for service about an active shooter at a site, the competency and operational capabilities of the security personnel who are on scene at that site is highly relevant. If law enforcement knows ... Full Article »

What I Mean When I Say: #RememberWhereYouCameFrom

May 08, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scott Hughes

Last month I wrote a piece entitled: “Do Chief’s Take Officer Safety Seriously”? (To fully understand what I’m writing about today, do me a favor and read that article first.) Needless to say, the article generated a ton of feedback, nearly 50,000 views on various social media platforms alone. While the overwhelming majority of those who responded provided compliments and praised me for addressing a troubling issue facing law enforcement... Full Article »

Security – What’s in a Word?

May 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Training
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[Publisher's Note: This opinion article originally appeared in the April, 2017, issue of Security Magazine and is reprinted here, in two parts, with permission.] Words are a funny thing, and words matter. We use them to define objects, communicate ideas, and describe thoughts and feelings. While there are some words that have a nearly universal meaning, the meaning of other words varies greatly depending on who you ask. For example, the words ... Full Article »

The Future of Defensive Tactics

Apr 26, 2017 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Richard Hough

In the last two months I’ve travelled to Baltimore to sit with fellow law enforcement trainers for the presentation of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) recently developed Integrating Communications Assessment and Tactics (ICAT) program; from there on to St. Louis for the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Education and Training (ILEETA), where I presented seminars on the future of physical defensive tactics; an... Full Article »

Unmasking the Mask: 21st Century Criminal Disguises

Apr 24, 2017 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Training
By Mark Tallman

What’s in a face? These days, a lot. Between public CCTV, private surveillance, and an internet-connected camera in everybody’s pocket, most people are now captured on camera many times throughout their day. Civil libertarians and privacy advocates are within their rights to encourage discussions on privacy. Yet, if we take a hint from other technologic trends, we can bet that CCTV, facial recognition systems, and video biometrics will only ... Full Article »

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