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August
24
2015
Policing Turned Upside Down
In light of the recent discourse about police use of force across the country, one of the biggest fears that I have is that one of the officers I am privileged to work with will hesitate to use force when it should be used and that failure to use force will result in the injury […]
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Billy Grogan
Chief of Police
A metro Atlanta police department, Georgia
August
17
2015
Your Traffic Questions Answered
Every day our officers and dispatchers receive questions on traffic laws. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions regarding traffic. Q: Are tinted windows illegal? A: According to MN Statute 169.71, all windows in passenger cars must have a 50% light transference (the law also allows for a 3% variance which brings the […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
August
10
2015
Weekly Tip – Suicide Prevention
It is not a daily occurrence to respond on calls of this nature, but we do deal with persons who may be depressed or have contemplated suicide often enough to offer prevention information on suicide. Below are some warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide, offered by the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center here […]
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Arcadia Police Department

Arcadia, California
July
27
2015
Ballistic Body Armor Saves Pilot
…by not wearing it? On June 5th at approximately 1730 hours, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter sustained damage from small arms fire while on patrol in a drug interdiction mission on the border of Texas and Mexico. The helicopter took two direct hits from suspects on the ground. Many helicopter pilots involved with […]
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International Association of Chiefs of Police
IACP
Alexandria, Virginia
July
20
2015
An Overview of MPD’s Latest Initiatives and a Look Ahead to Future Community Policing Program Efforts
During my first year in office, several new initiatives were launched in an effort to keep our MPD on the cutting edge of service delivery. To that end, affirmative steps have been taken including: 1. Expanding our reach into more neighborhoods with the creation of five neighborhood resource officers (NRO’s). 2. Created five full-time mental […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
July
13
2015
On Professionalism and Crime Watch
Last night, I made a presentation to the City Council in recognition of the police department’s achievement of Excelsior status as an accredited law enforcement agency. In technical terms, this means that we have been reaccredited five consecutive times without conditions. This is a rare and coveted honor for those of us in the business, […]
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Robert Vincent
Chief of Police
Gulfport Police Department, Florida
July
06
2015
It’s Not the Equipment
There has been a lot of talk this past year, in the wake of Ferguson, about militarization of the police. Most of the commentary on this issue has focused around the acquisition by local police departments of surplus equipment from the armed forces. Police departments have been using military surplus equipment for decades. As a […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
June
29
2015
When to Have That Difficult Conversation with a Senior Driver
Recently we have had a few situations involving older drivers that gave us cause for concern. In one case, the driver had more than one crash in a short period of time. The driver told the officer that they didn’t know how their car was damaged although it was pretty significant. In another the driver […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
June
15
2015
MPD’s New Hiring Resource Group
In order for us to achieve our goals of being a trusted, “guardian-based” agency committed to providing qualitative services which are accessible to everyone and administered in a way that constituents feel valued and respected, the foundation for this rests with our ability to recruit and train the best and the brightest. We are constantly […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
June
08
2015
Crooks Lose at Their Own Game
On May 19, an Eden Prairie resident noticed a suspicious vehicle drive into the parking lot of his condo building. The suspicious vehicle had a piece of paper duct-taped over the rear license plate. The resident drove around so he could see the front of the vehicle and gave the license plate number to Dispatch. […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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