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October
23
2014
The Problem of Dealing with Synthetic Drugs
We got an anonymous letter the other day tipping us off that a local store was possibly selling synthetic drugs like K2 or Spice and tobacco products to underaged people (you have to be 18). Because the letter is anonymous, we don’t have any way of letting the writer know what we’ve been doing so […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
October
16
2014
Body Cameras and Privacy Concerns
I testified before a legislative committee yesterday in St. Paul on the need to update our privacy laws related to police body cameras. In many cases police video recordings are considered public; even in someone’s residence or while recording someone during one of the worst points of their life. This simply should not be considered […]
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Gordon Ramsay
Chief of Police
Duluth Police Department, Minnesota
October
15
2014
Combating Heroin
As you may be aware, in the past two years heroin has become a major problem in Minnesota and across the nation. As the Star Tribune reported last week, deaths from prescription painkillers and heroin exceeded the number of deaths from motor vehicles in 2013. There were 374 deaths related to motor vehicle accidents in […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
October
09
2014
Police Rifles: Why We Carry What We Do
In a recent opinion commentary submitted by a guest in a local newspaper, a number of issues are raised (related to whether police need AR15’s) that compel me to provide our community with a different perspective. A perspective that is coming from a career police officer of over 30 years; and now I live a […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
October
03
2014
Check Out the Ink
For almost fifteen years, the Gulfport Police Department has maintained a policy forbidding officers from having exposed tattoos while in uniform. Starting today, that policy will change. Under the new rules, tattoos are not allowed on the hands, neck or face, and any other exposed tattoos must be able to fit under a 3-inch by […]
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Robert Vincent
Chief of Police
Gulfport Police Department, Florida
October
02
2014
Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — what are you doing to support victims? Throughout the month of October we will be highlighting the efforts of three departments that have implemented innovative practices to respond to domestic violence and partnered with local advocacy organizations to increase awareness about the crime and impact of domestic violence. […]
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International Association of Chiefs of Police
IACP
Alexandria, Virginia
September
26
2014
The Last Increment
All week long I’ve laid out my belief that racial disparity in traffic stops and in the outcome of those stops is being driven primarily by racial disparity in income, and to a lesser extent by police deployment practices — not, by and large, racial prejudice by the police. While my own analysis of the […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
September
18
2014
Tree Huggers and Warriors
This morning I posted an article on my Facebook page written by Mary Anne Case, a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where she cited lessons from the 1991 Christopher Commission after the investigation into the police practices that led to the Rodney King beating by LAPD officers. In her article, she claims […]
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Kristen Ziman
Commander
Aurora Police Department, Illinois
September
11
2014
What Slows Down Emergency Responders When Every Second Counts
A few weeks ago I was watching a “dash cam” video from one of our cars. The video came from a sergeant’s car as he was in route to intercept the pursuit of an armed robbery suspect. The sergeant’s role is to supervise the pursuit — it is his/her responsibility to make sure our policies […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
September
11
2014
Reflecting on Sept. 11 and the Importance of First Responder Relationships
I’m sure everyone who is reading this can remember where they were and what they were doing 13 years ago today. I was on the fifth floor of Headquarters serving as acting deputy chief of the Patrol Bureau because the regular deputy chief was on vacation that week. I was looking out the window when […]
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Darryl Forté
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
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