2021

New Investigations Book Available: The Ten Must-Haves to Be a Great Detective

Retired Homicide Detective Ramesh Nyberg shares tips and techniques from his 27 year law enforcement career and his ten years of operating a private investigation agency. This new book is filled with information and guidance you can use to be the best detective possible. Surveillance, tech tools, interviews, and valuable investigative strategies are included. Detective Nyberg worked in one of law enforcement’s most elite homicide offices at the Miami-Dade Police Department starting in the 1980s. He was right in the…


Legal Update May/June 2021

Larry E. Holtz, Esq. An Unsuccessful Attempt to Stop a Suspect Is a “Seizure” In Torres v. Madrid (US 3-25-21), the United States Supreme Court addressed the question of whether a seizure occurs when an officer shoots someone who temporarily eludes capture after the shooting. The answer, according to the Court, is “Yes. The application of physical force to the body of a person with intent to restrain is a seizure, even if the force does not succeed in subduing…


BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity May/June 2021

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. The “wurst” story of the day… US Border agents caught a vehicle carrying 194 pounds of contraband Mexican bologna into the US at the New Mexico border, Customs and Border Protection announced. Agents stopped a Nissan SUV at the Columbus border crossing; searched the vehicle; and found 22 large, red packaged rolls in the trunk and some “hidden” in the driver’s luggage. The agency says “bologna is a prohibited product because it is made from pork…


How to Enhance Your Performance with Firearms – Part 1

Mike Boyle These days, law enforcement officers are operating in an increasingly hostile environment. The past year has been particularly rough on law enforcement officers. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and large-scale social unrest, the police have been stretched to the limit and bear the brunt of public frustration. To further compound the problem, calls to defund the police have actually gained traction in some areas, although it appears this position is not widely held. One very disturbing trend largely ignored…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH May/June 2021

RAMESH NYBERG What Happened to Antonio? November 30th of this year will mark 15 years since I retired. On that day, someone said something you’ve probably all heard before: “You never get police work out of your blood.”I scoffed.            You think I miss getting called out in the middle of the night for a dead crack dealer? Do you think I miss my uniform days, getting shot at, bricks and bottles thrown at me, and getting called every name in…


Stand Proud for this Honorable Profession

Todd Fletcher About five years ago, while teaching a class in Las Vegas, I overheard an off-the-cuff comment which has stuck with me since that time.  We had just finished cleaning up after class and I approached a group of officers readying to take the range. They were standing around talking, prepping gear and making sure they had all signed in for the evening’s training session. Just being friendly, I asked one of the more “veteran” guys if he was…


Serial Killer Connections Through Cold Cases

Published by the National Institute of Justice, Serial Killer Connections Through Cold Cases discusses cold case investigations and how to better resolve and prioritize cases. In 1965, approximately 80 percent of homicide cases were cleared, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, but, in 2017, only about 60 percent of homicide cases were resolved. An estimated 250,000 unresolved homicide cases exist in the United States and more than 100,000 have accumulated in the past 20 years alone. In part, limited…


NW3C Training: Investigating Incidents Involving UAVs

This training, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and hosted by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), introduces the history of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the ways they are commonly used – both legitimately and in relation to a crime. It also focuses on the ways law enforcement can gather and analyze evidence involving drones. Topics include gathering evidence, both internal and external to the drone, as well as methods for manually processing flight logs and displaying…


Expansion of Operation Crystal Shield

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the expansion of Operation Crystal Shield. This expansion includes the designation of two additional methamphetamine “transportation hubs” in 2021. Through this effort, the DEA is attacking the entire supply chain, locating and seizing meth shipments before they are broken down and trafficked into communities and neighborhoods. The Chicago Field Division and the San Francisco Field Division have been added to this initiative, along with the nine DEA field divisions originally selected to participate. In…


Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders: Volume 2

Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) in partnership with the National Police Foundation, Conversations with Rural Law Enforcement Leaders: Volume 2 discusses how rural law enforcement agencies face increasing rates of crime and disorder, often with dwindling resources to combat them. To discuss critical issues in rural policing, this report has convened a listening session series with rural law enforcement stakeholders to discuss rural law enforcement’s common concerns, challenges…