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Author: Law Officer

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A traffic sergeant brought me a completed traffic citation book of one of his squad members. Lieutenant, take a look at this, he said. This guy is cherry picking. Eight of the 10 citations are at the same intersection. And there hasn't been a collision at that spot for at least the last five years.
As I scanned the book, the sergeant continued. I guess I need to talk to him. I don't think his actions measure up to our strategy of selective enforcement or reaching our goal of reducing collisions.

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Reality Based Training: Building Blocks

I often get asked, Where do I begin when starting a reality based training (RBT) program? It's a daunting task, to be sure. Of course, the best place to begin is in learning the mechanics of how to set up and conduct safe and effective RBT. As I've discussed at length in the past, this is a larger undertaking than many trainers care to embark upon, often dooming themselves to developing training exercises that can result in the injury of their participants, or perhaps even programming their students for future failure during critical encounters.

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Shooting an Unarmed Suspect

Civilians and police officers pose similar questions about police shootings of unarmed suspects: Can police shoot an unarmed suspect? Is it ethical? Is it legal? Civilians often add these questions: Why couldn t the police just hit him with their baton or pepper spray? Why couldn t the police just shoot him in the knee? But when faced with a decision to shoot and their safety in jeopardy, police officers must ask themselves these questions: Can I be reasonably sure the suspect is unarmed? Could the suspect take my weapon? What do I know about the suspect s past?

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Data Overload

Today, everything's computerized, or at least it seems so. Don't believe me? Just imagine a late 1950s shade-tree mechanic trying to tune-up one of today s vehicles.

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