Articles

BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity January February 2019

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. Without stupidity, there is no intelligence… When the owner of a hardwood floors business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, arrived at work, he discovered that someone had broken into the store. Surveillance footage showed that around 2:00 a.m. the day before, a burglar had thrown a rock through his store window, apparently tempted by the “gold” bars stacked in the window. The not too bright thief failed to realize that the bars are promotional items made of…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH January/ February 2019

Werewolves Hiding in Plain Sight Among Sheepdogs Ed Nowicki – Guest Columnist Many of you are familiar with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s brilliant metaphor, “Of Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs,” when Col. Grossman equates the role of law enforcement to be similar to that of a sheepdog, protecting the herd (society) from the wolves. I absolutely agree with Col. Grossman’s observations. There is another predator I see lurking among the sheepdogs. While this predator may not be as physically dangerous as…


S.W.A.T. Management Software

Bill Siuru, Ph.D., PE Law enforcement, including S.W.A.T. teams, are under ever increasing scrutiny by administrators, the media and the public in general. Thus, complete and accurate records are vital in order to address any queries or concerns with accurate details. Teams must also manage their equipment, including firearms, munitions, vehicles, and other miscellaneous items, so that they know the status of each, such as being in-service, under repair, requiring repair, or need to be replaced. And, of course, there…


Who Ya Gonna Call? Various Types and Applications of Armored Rescue Vehicles

Jim Weiss and Mickey Davis Dateline 2017: Two heavily armed suspects in a high-intensity drug trafficking area barricaded themselves in a car. Cleveland (Ohio) Division of Police uniform patrol officers called for a SWAT assist. SWAT responded in their Dragoon Patroller, an Armored Rescue Vehicle (ARV), nicknamed “Mother II.” Cuyahoga County (OH) Sheriff’s Office SWAT also responded in their Lenco BearCat® ARV. Both law enforcement vehicles, Mother II and the sheriff’s BearCat, sandwiched the suspects’ car in between them. Even…


Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

Developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, this new guide is intended to identify the critical elements of violent crime reduction efforts and to put before the law enforcement community a sample of the remarkable array of programs, services and assistance available from the U.S. Department of Justice. This guide recognizes the complex challenges confronting today’s law enforcement executives and offers ideas on how to approach the extraordinarily difficult problem of developing effective tactics…


Responding to Persons Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

This series of publications from the International Association of Chiefs of Police offers guidelines for law enforcement officers responding to situations involving individuals reasonably believed to be persons in crisis. The series addresses how officers can best make judgments regarding the mental state and intent of individuals and offers model policies for the use of special skills, techniques and abilities to effectively and appropriately resolve situations while minimizing violence. Various formats of the series can be downloaded at https://tinyurl.com/y9zcwqwa.  


Justice Department Announces Release of New Fentanyl Safety Video for First Responders

Recently, the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video, Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8epbq7w. Fentanyl: The Real Deal provides recommendations to law enforcement on how to navigate safely around the increased prevalence of fentanyl…


Contact Between Police and the Public Fell Over a Four Year Period

The Bureau of Justice Statistics recently announced that the portion of U.S. residents age 16 or older who had experienced contact with the police in the preceding 12 months declined from 26 percent in 2011 to 21 percent in 2015. The number of residents who had experienced contact with police dropped by more than nine million people, from 62.9 million to 53.5 million during the period. From 2011 to 2015, the number of persons who had contact which was police…


The Wheels of Justice November December 2018

Sergeant James Post TRANSPORTATION 2019 P&SN presents its 21st annual report on the latest technical advances in police vehicles, components and aftermarket equipment. Welcome to our annual transportation issue which covers all that’s new in LE transportation as gleaned from national events like the IACP Conference, National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference, Police Fleet Expo, and the annual Michigan State Police (MSP) vehicle evaluations. This year, we’ve rearranged a couple of sections to provide you with a faster, easier review. Our…


Law Enforcement Leadership November December 2018

Mike Carpenter  “…Down the Road” We all look “down the road” towards retirement. Regardless of the job we have, most everyone has retirement dreams of (maybe) moving to an island, taking long walks on the beach and sitting at an oceanside bar for afternoon drinks. Regardless of your retirement ambitions, you are not there yet. There are some small problems to overcome which lie between your current job and your future aspirations. Now, the good news for a lot of you…