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December
14
2015
Officers are impacted by shootings, too
We’ve seen several news reports lately of what first responders to the San Bernardino shootings experienced when confronting active shooters last week. That’s made me think about those officers and what they must be going through one week later. This was certainly a different circumstance than most officer-involved shootings. No one has questioned that they […]
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Darryl Forté
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
December
07
2015
In an instant
We are living in the age of instant, where the time involved in slapping two slices of bread and a Kraft single into a frying pan with a pat of butter seems so time consuming as to justify a product designed to speed the process. Yesterday’s big events in Lincoln–the City’s first murder of 2015, […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
November
30
2015
Media coverage of police influences public perception
Soon you will see newspaper and television stories about officer-involved shootings in Kansas City. They likely will feature emotional statements from loved ones saying they wish the shootings never had to happen. Those of us in law enforcement wish the same thing. The very last thing any officer wants to do is take the life […]
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Darryl Forté
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
November
23
2015
Understanding the Traffic Enforcement Objectives of the MPD
Like many of you, I often head off to work in the morning taking the dreaded Beltline (if ever there was a more compelling reason to take the bus, this is prima facie proof)! Since I am typically in the office downtown between 6:30-7:00 a.m., traffic flow is not at gridlock (yet) and I often […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
November
16
2015
An Antidote for Heroin
In the past month there have been three heroin overdoses in Eden Prairie resulting in two deaths. In the case of the survivor, first responders administered naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin, and saved the person’s life. All three people were young adults in their 20s. This fall, all EPPD police […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
November
09
2015
My take on smart guns
Smart guns are firearms that incorporate some type of technology that makes it difficult for anyone other than the authorized user to discharge the weapon. There are several such technologies, but to the best of my knowledge, no smart gun is commercially available in the United States. Yesterday, a reader asked me address my view […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
November
02
2015
What happens if I don’t get around to dealing with that traffic ticket?
This has come up a couple of times lately. Drivers don’t seem to know that if they don’t respond to tickets they are subject to a default judgment which causes a suspended drivers license. It is against the law to drive on a suspended license–you get arrested. It is a common arrest and done by […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
October
26
2015
MPD Partners with Community Agencies for a New Restorative Justice-Based Program for Juveniles 12-16 Years of Age
Issues of racial disparity in Dane County have been well-chronicled. Whether the context be education, economics or the criminal justice system, the sad fact remains that people of color are starkly impacted. In the near future, an ad hoc committee convened by the City will examine our policies, procedures, and training to see — among […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
October
19
2015
The story behind PulsePoint
I blogged earlier this week about PulsePoint, a remarkable application that uses location-based services to deliver CPR alerts to nearby citizens who could potentially be rescuers. There is an interesting back story to PulsePoint, by it’s founder, Richard Price. He tells the full story in this 12 minute TEDx, but here’s the condensed version: he’s […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
October
12
2015
Who are you and why should I believe you?
I got accepted into the Naval Postgraduate School to pursue a second Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense in June of this year. I decided to move outside of my comfort zone in quest of this degree because I feel as though state and local government needs to be more in sync with the […]
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Kristen Ziman
Commander
Aurora Police Department, Illinois
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