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Being Accountable: Social Media and The Force

Just as social media is important to law enforcement agencies for investigative purposes and community engagement, it is also imperative for them to monitor and police their own personal accounts. What does this mean for peace officers? As an officer, your life changes once you put on the uniform and badge. You cannot afford to […]

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Fashioning Your Interview and Interrogation Style

Interviews and interrogations are two separate procedural communication techniques used in law enforcement. Both are valuable in extracting information. Interviews are conducted in a non-accusatory tone while interrogations tend to be an aggressive monologue. Interviews often allow for the suspect to do most of the talking with open ended questions designed to elicit a narrative […]

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7 Cool Things Unique to Police Life

Officers experience and observe idiosyncratic activity unique to other professions. There are moments of despair and moments of glory. In between those two pendulums are the odd occurrences, humorous encounters, and thrills. Perhaps you are familiar with some of these factors of police life. Below are some of my favorites:

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Balancing Act: Maintaining Wellness In Police Work

The phone rang. The weekend had been busy with call outs. This time the dispatcher was talking so fast I couldn’t quite comprehend the information coming out of a deep sleep. It took about 20 minutes to get to the station. As I unlocked the door to my office, the patrol sergeant came up to […]

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Reasonable Under The Circumstances

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unlawful and arbitrary searches and seizures. However, not every search or seizure conducted by law enforcement requires a lawful search warrant.

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The Blue Flame: The Socialization Of A Rookie

A new officer recruit must always prove his or her worth to a department through graded efforts such as work productivity, conflict resolution, and problem solving capabilities. Although paramount, these skills are not the only ones sought after in a new hire. The recruit, often referred to as a “rookie” cannot just put on a […]

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Are You Compatible With Police Life?

If you have ever thought about pursuing a career in criminal justice, you might be wondering what kind of personality is best suited for law enforcement. What type of persona is most advantageous to the profession? Do you have what it takes? I was not a likely candidate.

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To Ruse Or Not To Ruse

It is no secret that detectives have an insatiable appetite to procure a confession from a suspect. Most would tell you it is a great and satisfying result of their tedious efforts besides a token to their communication skills when successful. One of the most controversial police procedures is the use of trickery by law […]