Witness Protection

Witness Protection

Many police officers believe the investigation, and their work, is finished when the defendant is arrested and the case is submitted to the prosecutor’s office. In some cases, that may be true, but in many others, especially in gang-related cases, the work may just be...
Tactical Talk

Tactical Talk

Post active-duty retirement and post Calibre Press, I taught freshman and sophomore criminal justice classes at a junior college for a few years. One of the courses I taught my first year was police constitutional law. I assigned my students, most of whom were not...
Expert Opinion

Expert Opinion

Hey, it’s my anniversary! Twenty years ago, in 1989, I served as an expert witness in my first case: A murder case in Ann Arbor, Mich., in which a paraplegic was threatened by his drunken roommate. The would-be defendant locked himself in his room, armed himself...
Night Crawlers

Night Crawlers

Lloyd & Rebecca Cermak were arrested by police in Minn. after a mobile methamphetamine lab was discovered outside a Wal-Mart. (AP Photo/Dilworth Police Dept. via the Forum) Just for fun, do a quick analysis of the basic recruit syllabus from your local or regional...
Analyzing the Clues

Analyzing the Clues

The call came in at 0142 hrs. A nighttime jogger had stumbled on more than a crack in the sidewalk as she raced through the park. A dead woman lay prone in the bushes on the side of the path. Covered in blood, a footprint stamped in the mud by her face, the young...
DNA Labs-on-a-Chip

DNA Labs-on-a-Chip

Editor’s Note: This is an expanded version of the article that appeared in the November 2008 issue of Law Officer. If only we had access to the world described by television. Phaser pistols would disable bad guys silently, bloodlessly, and unfailingly, and they...

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