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March
15
2018
The Touch
He came into the house and immediately he could smell the stale odor of cigarettes. No one smoked in this house, the odor was stowed away invisibly on his dark blue uniform. He went directly to the basement, scuffed across the cold floor, and pulled the chrome beaded chain to turn on the incandescent bulb […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
March
06
2018
Teaching Cops and Those Who Wanna Be
Over the years, I have taught students as well as junior and senior police officers. There’s challenges there, too. Cops (and sometimes those learning to become cops) are a tough audience. That’s why identified this as an obstacle to police improvement in Arrested Development. Obstacle #1: Anti-Intellectualism The negative spirit of anti-intellectualism presents itself in […]
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David Couper
Former Chief at Madison Police Department
Madison, WI
February
21
2018
“Swatting”
Swatting is using technology to deceptively cause a heightened emergency response by law enforcement that may elicit the response of a Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT). The latest high profile instance of Swatting that ended tragically in Wichita, Kansas, brought this closer to home for me. The current chief of police in Wichita is […]
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Rick Mathwig
Chief of Police
Roseville Police Department, Minnesota
February
12
2018
Social Workers Coming to All Patrol Divisions
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department has secured funding to embed a social worker at all six of our patrol division stations. The Hall Family Foundation is providing $640,000, and the City of Kansas City is matching that with $470,000 to fund six social workers and a program coordinator for the next three years. The […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
February
05
2018
The Problem of Cyber Crimes Reporting
I just had a conversation with Sgt Rick Leonard this morning on this very issue. He was telling me his concerns about the reports of unemployment insurance identity fraud cases that are rampant right now. They will shortly be followed by the tax return fraud cases. He is concerned because we have no way to […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
January
29
2018
FBI NA Week 1 – Session #271
It is Sunday January 14th, 2018, the FBI National Academy Session #271 has completed its first official week. This week we all went through orientation, bought our uniforms, found our gym lockers and began all of classes. My schedule is as follows: Fitness in Law Enforcement (physical training) Managing Organizational Change and Development Contemporary Issues […]
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David Westrick
Chief of Police
Hollister Police Department, California
January
22
2018
Community Recognition for APD’s H.E.L.P. Team
In the last few years, the City of Arcadia has seen an increase in local homeless and mental health population.  Calls for service for police officers on a daily basis related to subjects who are homeless or suffer from a mental illness range from suspicious subjects loitering, sleeping to the front of a business or […]
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Arcadia Police Department

Arcadia, California
January
16
2018
The Frustrating Limits of Transparency . . . Again
When I arrived in Wichita I committed to increasing transparency and changed practices such as notifying the public as soon as possible when a police officer has been arrested. Recently, I came across this blog I wrote when I was a chief in Minnesota. It references a serious officer misconduct case from 2012. Today, I feel […]
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Gordon Ramsay
Chief of Police
Wichita Police Department, Kansas
January
02
2018
Happy 45th Birthday to the EPPD!
On this date 45 years ago, then-Mayor Paul Redpath christened the first Eden Prairie squad car in front of his home. He poured champagne over the squad’s front bumper and Officer Bruce Wojack called it into service. That event marked the beginning of the Eden Prairie Police Department. Prior to 1973 the Hennepin County Sheriff’s […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
December
26
2017
It’s Christmas……
While you and your family celebrate the holidays together at home, we are patrolling your neighborhoods – checking your property, your yard, your streets, looking for anything or anyone out of place. We are the ones that venture into the dark, not knowing what if anything awaits us, often to protect many of you we […]
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Scott Rose
Sheriff
Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota
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