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How to Evaluate Your Law Enforcement Training Plan

Eugene Nielsen As a law enforcement agency or trainer, you want to ensure that your officers are well trained and prepared to face the challenges and risks of their job. You also want to make sure that your training plan is effective, efficient and aligned with your goals and objectives. With this in mind, how do you know if your training plan is working? How do you measure its impact and outcomes? How do you identify areas for improvement and…


New Resources: Tips and Leads and Threats to Life

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), along with the Global Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC), is pleased to announce the release of the Tips and Leads and Threats to Life resource documents. The GAC through the CICC’s Tips and Leads and Threat to Life (TL-TTL) task teams developed resources to support the efficient and timely sharing of TL and TTL information originating from tip lines and social media platforms. These resources highlight the importance of…


BEWARE THE LAND MINES: 2023 IACP ECW MODEL POLICY

John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D. © 2023. A.R.R. Forewarned is forearmed! While there is no such thing as a “perfect [law enforcement force option] policy,” this trusted saying applies to the numerous land mines hidden in plain sight within the new 2023 IACP “Electronic Control Weapons” (ECWs) Model Policy and the Concepts and Issues supporting document which were recently released. This September 2023 Model Policy replaces the IACP’s March 2018 version. As an Associate Member of the IACP, this article…


Implementing Change in an Ever-Evolving World: Law Enforcement’s Innovative Responses to a Constantly Changing Landscape

Change management has long been studied in the business community and many models of organizational change have been proposed with applicability to public sector organizations such as law enforcement agencies. This publication, Implementing Change in an Ever-Evolving World: Law Enforcement’s Innovative Responses to a Constantly Changing Landscape, provides brief case studies of 13 US law enforcement agencies, large and small, which have successfully managed changes in their policies, practices and goals. Each case study considers the actions of leadership in…


Beating Back Father Time: Firearms Tips for Seasoned Officers

Mike Boyle I have often said that, if I wake up in the morning and only one thing hurts, I’m on my way to a good day. One of the harsh realities of life is that, as we age, our physical attributes begin to decline. Our vision isn’t quite as sharp as it once was, strength diminishes, reaction time is a tad slower, and we aren’t quite as flexible as in our youth. Most full police careers run somewhere around…


Dyneema® Unveils Breakthrough Innovation to Enable Weight Savings of Up to 20% in Protective Body Armor

The world’s strongest fiber™ just got stronger, thanks to next generation material developments Dyneema (owned by Avient Corporation) has announced the launch of a next generation UniDirectional (UD) material innovation based on its third-generation fiber, Dyneema SB301, a cutting-edge development poised to enhance the safety and mobility of law enforcement officers. As the only backwards integrated UltraHigh Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE) manufacturer, Dyneema was able to innovate its third-generation fiber at the molecular level. This development has enabled a higher…


THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE Nov/Dec 2023

SERGEANT JAMES POST TRANSPORTATION 2024 P&SN presents its 26th annual report on the latest technical advances in police vehicles, components and aftermarket equipment. Welcome to the P&SN Annual Transportation Issue in which you’ll find the latest police vehicle and equipment news, PLUS the results of the Michigan State Police (MSP) yearly pursuit vehicle evaluations. Introduction Today, we find ourselves in a unique place in time for American law enforcement: critical officer shortages everywhere with few or no applicants; new police…


BUSTED! Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity November/December 2023

BUSTED! James L. McClinton, Ph.D. He’s a picture of government spending – runaway pork!… Police in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, went “hog wild” as they attempted to capture a culprit who was reported scurrying around a Hamilton Park neighborhood. “As it turns out, pigs are fast…and elusive…”, the Manheim Township Police Department began earnestly in a lengthy news release about the pursuit of a large hog they named Hamilton. Police said that, after days of numerous calls from neighbors, a man…


AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH November/December 2023

Ramesh Nyberg The “perfect murder” is an imperfect idea. The notion that one can “get away” with a major crime – murder is the favorite example – is disappearing with every day that the world of forensic analysis gets better. The downfall of most criminals usually falls within a couple of parameters. Either the offender is arrogant and narcissistic to the point that he/she brags about his/her crime to other people, or he/she simply believes that he/she has done such…


Law Enforcement Social Media Misconduct and the First Amendment

James “Jeb” Brown, Esq.; John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D.; and Rick Muir, Ph.D. ©2023. A.R.R. The prevalence of social media scandals involving law enforcement is on the rise and appears to be widespread. Instances have occurred in Antioch, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Torrance, CA; Wichita, KS; London, in the UK; and in many other locations. It’s evident that these incidents are not confined to specific geographic locations. Regrettably, each subsequent scandal appears to be more severe than its predecessor. Social media…