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How to Reduce Repeat Encounters

Responding to repeat encounters is a challenge for law enforcement agencies. Individuals who come into frequent contact with law enforcement officers or nonemergency services often have unmet behavioral health, housing or other social services needs. A brief fact sheet, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, outlines four practical steps to help officers address the needs of high utilizers and to reduce their contact with the criminal justice system over time. To download a copy of the fact sheet, visit…

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Carry Enough Gun: Some Thoughts on Plainclothes and Off-Duty Carry

MIKE BOYLE When beginning a law enforcement career, one of the biggest lifestyle adjustments remains adapting to the gun.  The badge and the uniform do indeed identify you as a law enforcement officer, but the gun, and the tremendous responsibility which comes with it, is what really sets you apart. That very visible pistol in the duty holster is indeed the symbol of authority. All law enforcement officers – both uniformed patrol, as well as plainclothes investigators – carry a…