Archive for March, 2009


Post-critical incident conversations: Be careful what you say, and to whom you say it

This is something that every officer should be knowledgeable about. It is not something that is paid much attention to in a young officer’s career. It is gone over in the Police Academy but not in depth and it is not something that I really worried about. If you are ever involved in a critical incident it is imperative that you be aware of this. If you are not aware of all your rights then get a union rep asap before answering any questions from superiors.Police Liability and Litigationwith Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. You are on patrol, thirty minutes until the end of your week-long midnight shift rotation, you are tired, a bit …Read more […..]

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Dallas police: Officer drew gun during traffic stop of NFL player outside hospital

Hmmm…. This does not look or sound too good for the officer. It will be interesting to see if any more information is gained as to what happened.http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/032609dnmetcopstop.3e9c080.html?nTar=OPUR By STEVE THOMPSON and TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning NewsThe Dallas Police Department confirmed Thursday that an officer drew a gun on NFL running back Ryan Moats and his wife after he stopped them to give them a ticket even as they begged to hurry to the bedside of their dying mother.As he rushed his family to the hospital, Ryan Moats, 26, rolled through a red light. A …Read more […..]

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Oakland PD Stunned By Day of Loss

Another tragic example of the dangers out there and the crazed lunatics that our society is in danger of. And if the stories of bystanders taunting the police as these officers lay dying are true, God help us. Stay safe!By Terry Collins and Lisa Leff Associated PressOAKLAND, Calif. — Bouquets of flowers from grieving residents were piled up at a growing memorial in front of the Oakland police department after its worst single day death toll.Three officers were killed Saturday during separate confrontations with a 26-year-old parolee who relatives said feared returning to jail. A fourth officer was on life support.”We lose …Read more […..]

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Dallas Police Department Dropping Police Code For Plain English

I am surprised this hasn’t happened earlier. Memorizing so many codes can be challenging!By: ERIC AASEN / The Dallas Morning News [email protected] Catch a cop show over the past several decades and these strings of numbers barked over police radios might sound familiar: “1-Adam-12, a 4-15 fight.” …”We have a 9-11. Armed robbery in progress.” Or in the words of the bumbling Barney Fife: “Mayberry Unit No. 1 over and, uh, Roger. Roger. Out and under. 10-40. Bye.” But many real-life police departments are ditching the digits, replacing the lingo with plain English. In Dallas, that means so long “7,” hello “minor accident.” …Read more […..]

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Easy To Second Guess….

It is very easy for people not involved in a situation to Monday Morning Quarterback and decide what should have been done. This article is interesting as this type of situation can occur to any police officer. As we all know, sometimes it is dam if you do, dam if you don’t.http://www.policeone.com/legal/articles/1798464-NOPD-officer-fired-after-failing-to-shoot-at-gunman/By Brendan McCarthy Times-PicayuneNEW ORLEANS — Patrolling Algiers one August night, New Orleans police officer Stephen Neveaux and his partner hear a series of explosions. He drives toward the noise.Soon, they see a man standing about 50 feet away in the …Read more […..]

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Losing a Case in Court, Not to Worry

New officers take their jobs very seriously. I mean, very, very seriously. As time goes on and experience and reality set in this seriousness lessens. Not that an experienced officer isn’t serious about the job it is just that writing traffic tickets aren’t a big deal anymore and losing court cases do bother us as much. In the early years of my career I remember getting very upset if one of my traffic tickets was thrown out or if I lost a trial on one, probably because the goofball judge knew their attorney if they had one. If the person who got off looked at me and gave me a sneering smile as if they got one on me I got angry …Read more […..]

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Is This Some Kind of Payback?

Minister beaten after clashing with Muslims on his TV show A Christian minister who has had heated arguments with Muslims on his TV Gospel show has been brutally attacked by three men who ripped off his cross and warned: ‘If you go back to the studio, we’ll break your legs.’The Reverend Noble Samuel was driving to the studio when a car pulled over in front of him. A man got out and came over to ask him directions in Urdu.Mr Samuel, based at Heston United Reformed Church, West London, said: ‘He put his hand into my window, which was half open, and grabbed my hair and opened the door.He started slapping my face and punching …Read more […..]

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