Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Events, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 9:12 am

Vehicle collisions biggest threat to officers

By Michael Dresser
for the Baltimore Sun

When we think about police dying in the line of duty, we tend to flash to a thought of a criminal maliciously gunning down an officer.

But a more common fate for law enforcement officers is to be killed in a vehicle collision. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, as of last week there had been 70 officers killed nationwide in vehicle incidents compared with 54 killed by gunfire in 2010. Crash fatalities among officers were up 49 percent over the same period in 2009. The majority are killed in crashes involving a single moving vehicle.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Events, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Friday, November 5th, 2010 9:11 am

ALERT: Wisconsin’s combined regional SWAT task force

By Lt. Dan Marcou
on PoliceOne.com

Colonel Ardant du Picq, a noted military theorist who lived in the middle of the nineteenth century, is widely credited with saying, “Four brave men who do not know each other will not dare attack a lion. Four less brave, but knowing each other well, sure of their reliability, and consequently of mutual aid, will attack resolutely.” This is the essence of a system being put together in Wisconsin that will deliver enhanced tactical capability through specialized critical equipment, advanced tactics, and a highly coordinated response plan in the event of major incident.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 9:11 am

Dealing with promotions within your department

Officer.com’s recent article on how to handle the issue of promoting within your department:

By William L. Harvey

Have I been here long enough?

Have you ever heard that line before? The young officer walks in to your office and nearly demands to know. As if you don’t tell them right away, they are going to walk out. This scenario happens more and more today. And no, this is not intended to be a slam on any ‘Generation (insert alphabetic letter)’ but there are several factors as to why this occurs. I will give you reasoning as to why the pressures on today’s officers are making this happen more frequently and how we can prevent this from occurring.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Thursday, October 28th, 2010 9:10 am

Predictive policing, proactive service

By PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie
For more coverage of IACP 2010, visit PoliceOne.com

Lincoln (Neb.) Police Chief Tom Casady — whose agency patrols a city of about 75 square miles and protects a population of a quarter of a million people — sees a the potential for predictive policing to lead to the end of one paradigm in law enforcement that’s been omnipresent for many decades. He highlighted his belief by posing a rhetorical question to the attendees at IACP 2010 in Orlando.

“What is the number one activity of police officers in U.S. cities? What is the number one thing that they do?” Casady paused before answering his own question. “It’s driving around aimlessly, burning fossil fuels, waiting for the next call from the dispatchers. For those of you in the room who are Chiefs, how many times have you heard your officers say, ‘We’re going from call to call to call’ and you know that that’s not true. There is an awful lot of driving around aimlessly waiting for something to happen. I don’t think this can last.”

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 9:10 am

Understanding United States V. Hayes as a law enforcement officer

Officer.com recently posted the fourth article by Officer Randy Rider in an ongoing series that examines police and domestic violence:

In the past three articles we have looked at how easily high profile, everyday people, and our fellow officers have gotten themselves into a domestic violence situation. Of the groups, our profession has the most to lose in a domestic violence situation.

I have been very fortunate to have been married to my wonderful wife for nearly 36 years. I went to work on a Monday in 1974 and we were married on Saturday. This job is all she knows. She has had to put up a lot from me. We have had good times and bad as any couple.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Friday, October 22nd, 2010 9:10 am

IACP announces new social media site for law enforcement agencies

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has launched the IACP Center for Social Media, a project to build the capacity of law enforcement to use social media and related tools to prevent and solve crimes, strengthen police-community relations, recruit employees, and enhance services. The cornerstone of the project is the website www.IACPsocialmedia.org. The website contains a host of no-cost resources, including a model policy, fact sheets, case studies, and instructional tutorials. Both the IACP and BJA are committed to helping law enforcement adopt new technologies to solve crimes, engage community members, and keep officers safe while using this technology.

“The IACP Center for Social Media provides essential information about social media and related technologies. Every police chief should have an understanding of how these tools can be used to enhance our ability to fight crime and enhance service to the communities we serve.” said Michael J. Carroll, IACP President and Chief of Police in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania.

“The IACP Center for Social Media can help law enforcement agencies learn to reach citizens more quickly by sending safety messages about crimes committed just minutes ago, how to better deter burglars, the places and attacks of recent sexual assaults, or inviting families to a neighborhood watch cookout.” said James H. Burch, II Acting Director for BJA, “With better communication between law enforcement and citizens, the more confident citizens will be when they contact their local law enforcement agency.”

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 20,000 members in over 100 countries.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance
Monday, October 11th, 2010 9:10 am

Law enforcement interviewing advice

Policejobsinfo.com offers some helpful advice when interviewing for a new law enforcement position. You can find more information about law enforcement career opportunities on their site.

The interview is usually the first opportunity an agency has to meet you. Therefore, you want to make a good impression. Your goal is to convince them that you possess the qualities of a good police officer. Before you even enter the interview room, there are several things you will want to consider in preparation for the interview.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 9:10 am

Things to be aware of in a heightened terror alert

With the State Department elevating the terror alert for Americans in Europe, it’s important to remember to pay attention to the subtle details that could alert you to serious danger. PoliceOne.com compiled a list of things you might want to keep in mind.

Unusual Possessions

  • Specialized training manuals
  • Blueprints and/or building plans
  • Documentation about critical infrastructure points
  • Numerous prepaid calling cards and/or mobile phones
  • Documentation about high-profile sites

VBIED Indicators

  • Vehicle riding low in rear
  • Unusual wires/switches
  • Large boxes, bags or containers
  • Odor of fuel or chemicals evident
  • Parked near critical interest area
  • Observation of smoke from vehicle

Surveillance Indicators

  • Note taking
  • Prolonged loitering
  • Penetration attempts
  • Surreptitious camera use
  • Unusual interest in security

Are there certain things to which you pay specific attention while you’re out on patrol?

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 9:09 am

A positive attitude on the job can lead to greater satisfaction

Lt. Dan Marcou on PoliceOne.com

Most officers start their career as idealistic young rookies ready to catch bad guys and rescue damsels in distress. Inevitably, they’ll meet a cynical, time-scarred veteran who will tell them to “Slow down… you know you can’t make a difference.” He may even add an observation like, “A career in law enforcement is like putting your hand in a bucket of water and pulling it out. When you retire no one will even notice you were here.” This will be the rookie’s first (among countless) invitations to venture down the path of cynicism and negativity.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Health, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 8:09 am

Don’t rush the report – justify use-of-force incidents

from Tom Munsey
on Police1.com

Too often, when officers write their reports, especially after a difficult situation that requires the application of force, they get in a rush to complete their report. They want to relax a moment, or just get back on patrol, and they write their report in haste, leaving out details. While this does get the officer to a point of closure with their report and other forms — so they can move on to a different activity — it can create problems later.

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