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June
04
2019
Resources Needed to Address Police Mental Health
The Kansas City Missouri Police detective who took his own life in February was the fourth member of our Department to do so in as many years. His suicide was the first we discussed publicly because, as a Department, we decided it was time that we face this issue head-on. We must stop treating police […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
May
28
2019
Question: Guardians or Warriors? Answer: Yes.
On February 15, 2019 officers from the Aurora Police Department in Illinois responded to an active shooter incident at the Henry Pratt Company that left six people dead and six others injured, including five police officers. In the days and weeks that followed, my colleague and friend, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, spoke often about […]
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Kristen Roman
Chief of Police
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Police Department
May
20
2019
Self-Examine: Are You a Quality Leader?
Each of the Twelve Principles is followed by a set of questions that you need to ask yourself if you are to maintain of become an effective police leader. At the end there are a number of leadership scenarios that can be used. I’ve been in a leadership role for most of my adult life […]
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David Couper
Former Chief at Madison Police Department
Madison, WI
May
13
2019
A Gift Card Technical Support Scam
Please speak to your loved ones . . . We took a call for service today regarding a fraud where a local person went to a large chain department store in Rochester, MN and purchased $2,500 in gift cards and then provided the numbers off the cards over the phone to get their computer serviced […]
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Lee Sjolander
Chief of Police
Kenyon Police Department, Minnesota
May
06
2019
Juveniles and Facsimile Guns
With nicer weather and longer daylight hours, we see juveniles hanging out and enjoying the opportunity to get outside. While the overwhelming majority of our youth are making good choices and living up to our expectations, we do see upticks in issues related to weapons offenses, fight calls, and disturbances as spring yields to summer. […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
April
29
2019
Sexual Assault Suspect Found Guilty
Our Investigators often work behind the scenes and put in many hours of casework to obtain successful filings and prosecutions. This is a nice example of some hard, collaborative work, helping lead to a guilty verdict in a multiple victim sexual assault case. Detective Guerrero is pictured with a recent Pasadena Star-News article regarding the […]
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Arcadia Police Department

Arcadia, California
April
22
2019
Finding Better Ways in the Criminal Justice System
I have said many times that Minnesota is a progressive leader in the criminal justice system. I was reminded of this earlier this month while watching a portion of BET network’s Finding Justice series. One of the documentaries in the series is entitled Cash Bail and focused on the criminal justice system in St. Louis, […]
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Rick Mathwig
Chief of Police
Roseville Police Department, Minnesota
April
15
2019
Texas Two-Step, APPD Style
We’ve deployed a new tool to help us with traffic enforcement (or, better: “to help motorists avoid getting caught up in traffic enforcement”). Think of our mobile radar trailer as another warning, aside from TxDOT’s or the City’s posted speed limits signage. APPD Step #1 Follow the speed limit signage erected by TxDOT or the […]
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Eric Blanchard
Chief of Police
Aransas Pass Police Department, Texas
April
08
2019
Have You Paid Your Entry Fees?
Rodeo participants (and their parents) know what I’m talking about when I reference entry fees. Other things have entry fees: road races, athletic competitions and other things of this nature. Today though, I am talking about life, success and the road before you, those kind of entry fees. People these days seem to be in […]
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David Westrick
Chief of Police
Hollister Police Department, California
April
01
2019
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
The Vietnam war was ongoing for the first 12 years of my life. I watched the war on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. That was the news source which my family followed while we were growing up. I watched the war go from black and white to “in color” as the 60’s passed […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
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