Safety Tip: Building Searches

The decision to search a building involves a risk-benefit analysis. You only do so if alone or as a pair, and only if the likely risk is low. But always search as if someone waits in ambush for you. Pie all corners, horizontal and vertical, correctly. Use dynamic...

Resource Acquisition

You're a small department with 10 officers that's adding an investigator's position. Problem is, you need a crime scene vehicle, and you have no money. Another scenario: Your sheriff's department responsibilities include marine patrol and body...

Speed Readers

Change comes slowly in the speed-measuring business, but enough new products have emerged in recent years to warrant a review. So, I gathered samples of the five significant recent arrivals and spent weeks evaluating their performance, utility and user-friendliness....

Investigating Rape Crimes, Part 2 of 5

In the June issue, the first installment of this series on investigating the crime of rape discussed legal definitions, the importance of care in handling the initial contact with a rape victim and the goals for searching the crime scene. I pointed out successful...

I Learned About Policing From That: Body Language

In May 1992, I worked the midnight shift with the West Palm Beach Police Department. In the six short years I'd been a police officer, I was happy with the way my career was going. In 1989 I was selected for SWAT and to assist in training defensive tactics and...

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