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September
05
2014
Heroin Epidemic
Each day, emails are sent out to our Department by the Officer-in-Charge giving a summary of the calls that occurred throughout Madison on each shift. Unfortunately, it has become rare that we don’t read about a heroin overdose or death on a regular basis. Heroin addiction is plaguing our City and the extent of heroin […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
September
02
2014
Be Vigilant and Unafraid
As it approached midnight on December 31, 2012, I was eager to count down to the midnight hour so I could ring in the New Year. Like most people, I was ready to celebrate — but for a slightly different reason. I was watching the clock, listening to my police radio and holding my breath […]
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Kristen Ziman
Commander
Aurora Police Department, Illinois
August
26
2014
Operation ID: Mark Your Property
By Kelsie Fraser The display of an Operation ID sticker can act as a strong theft deterrent to criminals. This is because they know that marked items can be positively identified by the owner. Criminals are also aware that ‘fences’, or receivers of stolen property are reluctant to buy marked items, for the same reasons […]
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Saskatoon Police Service

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
August
25
2014
How Much Military Equipment Does AHPD Have?
Virtually none is the answer. We have about 7 ceremonial rifles used by our Honor Guard. That’s it. We’ve seen these programs come and go over the years based on what is happening with the military and what war they are or are not engaged in. We have not seen a lot of usefulness for […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
August
23
2014
Hot Spot Policing is Making a Difference
I have written about Hot Spot Policing on this blog before, and I wanted to share with you the impact it has had in the two-plus years we’ve been doing it. At the beginning of this year, we nearly doubled the amount of personnel who work in hot spots, which are the small areas of […]
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Darryl Forté
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
August
19
2014
Radio Communications Critical
The single most important piece of equipment a police officer carries is his or her radio. It connects the officer to fellow officers, to the dispatch center, and ultimately to the citizens. Radio communications is also critical in fire & rescue work. This is how firefighters and paramedics communicate with one another, with commanders, with […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
August
12
2014
Overview of the 2014 Spring Student Party
The Spring Student Party (formally known as the Mifflin Street Block Party) has traditionally been held on the first Saturday in May. The party began in the late 1960’s as a street protest, where students took to street dancing in an effort to bring attention of their disdain for the Vietnam War. The party was […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
August
08
2014
Mean People Suck
When I was a kid, I had a sticker affixed to my notebook that said, “Mean people suck”. My mom made me remove it because she thought the word “suck” was distasteful. I now see her point. There are many more ways to articulate displeasure for something without using an undesirable word; so to satisfy […]
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Kristen Ziman
Commander
Aurora Police Department, Illinois
August
01
2014
What’s the Future?
When I first entered policing at age 20, I had many preconceived ideas on how I would handle various situations. As I gained more and more experience, I learned it was always easier to be the one critiquing the situation than the one who had to make the split-second decisions, often under significant stress. I […]
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Gordon Ramsay
Chief of Police
Duluth Police Department, Minnesota
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