Surveillance is such a sexy word. That’s what I thought until one day as a rookie detective I drew the short straw on an investigation. We really didn’t draw straws. The lead detective of any case needing some type of operational procedures such as intelligence or tactical processes usually assigned peers to duties by asking […]
As most parents, mine wished me the best in my endeavors and wanted me to be successful at whatever I chose to do as a career.
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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 […]
Whether a person has been physically violated as an adult or child, sexual assault is one of the most difficult crimes for a victim to disclose. It is emotionally and physically traumatic.
Recent national events have triggered a trend in administrative processes with respect to racial demographics and mismatches in department composition. The mainstream media displays an American society demonstrating, becoming divisive, and discussing ideas and perceptions on racial tension and community frustration with law enforcement. In many cities, these topics strain relationships in neighborhoods. So what […]
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.
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 […]