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September
18
2017
Hot Cops
Having had the pleasure writing and administering a fairly successful Facebook page sometimes brings me to read between 10 and 100 messages a day. I try to answer them all, at least with that little blue thumb that indicates to the sender that the message has been read. Over the last week, I have been […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
September
11
2017
No Absolutes in Law Enforcement
Recently, a Roseville Police Department policy was the subject of conversation at a meeting, but I was not afforded the opportunity to explain the wording of a certain sentence in our manual. I decided to address it in this week’s “One Chief’s Perspective.” One of the benefits of being a law enforcement officer is the […]
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Rick Mathwig
Chief of Police
Roseville Police Department, Minnesota
September
05
2017
The truth about how we respond to demonstrations and protests
Despite online rumors and conspiracy theories, let me be clear that the Kansas City Missouri Police Department never invites any person or groups to a demonstration. The KCPD does not sanction any demonstration events. In regard to a protest on Aug. 19, 2017, we never asked for any assistance from any militia group, nor would […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
August
28
2017
The case for encryption and delay
Lincoln is in the process of acquiring a new public safety radio system. The new system is from Motorola, and is a P25 trunked system, which is inherently digital. Since it is a digital radio system, encryption is easy to implement. It is our intention to use encryption to protect law enforcement-sensitive transmissions. We do […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
August
21
2017
Free speech vs. Hate speech
Freedom of speech – is the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal sanction. Hate speech – is speech which attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. I post these two definitions […]
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David Westrick
Chief of Police
Hollister Police Department, California
August
16
2017
Resources for Law Enforcement on Hate Crimes
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has always taken a stand against hate crimes in any form. Through projects, committee work, advocacy efforts, and other initiatives, the IACP continues to work to support law enforcement’s efforts to prevent, combat, and investigate hate crimes in communities around the world. When these incidents do occur, […]
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International Association of Chiefs of Police
IACP
Alexandria, Virginia
August
07
2017
A Small Three Bedroom and One Bath Ranch
The small three bedroom and one bath ranch with brick steps was a mirror image of the small 1960s era homes on either side of it. The unkempt shrubs, weed infested lawn, and alligator cracks in the driveway asphalt set it apart from the others. There was an empty leash in the backyard. It was […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
July
31
2017
Remembering All of Our Victims
As we are in the midst of some of the worst gun violence our City has ever experienced, my thoughts turn to victims. We are all anxious and concerned about the brazen acts occurring citywide (“shots fired” calls are up 63% over last year’s figure/year-to-date). But innocent people have also been killed from edged weapons […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
July
24
2017
Final Thoughts
This is my last week at EPD. I felt it worthwhile to give you a few lasting impressions. EPD, you are rock stars. We, the leaders of this city, have asked you to do an almost impossible job; yet daily you suit up, strap on and wade into the swamp of human tragedy to solve […]
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Andrew Mills
Chief of Police
Eureka Police Department, California
July
17
2017
Update on the Opioid Epidemic
Yesterday, a Hennepin County judge found drug dealer Beverly Burrell guilty of third-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Max Tillitt who died of a heroin overdose on Sept. 25, 2015 in Eden Prairie. Two months ago Burrell was found guilty of third-degree murder in the 2016 death of Luke Ronnei of Chanhassen. She has […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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