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Heat Is On

Baltimore police commissioner criticized for wondering where protestors are when officer is shot Crawford Coates Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts stirred up political controversy following comments about his officer shot during a traffic stop Monday night.  The offending remark?  “We’ve had marches nationwide for the fact that we have lost lives in police custody,” said…

The Moment We’re In

Lt. Jim Glennon   Police are maligned with impunity—what will be the result?   By Lt. Jim Glennon Demonize the police. Assign evil intent to their activities. Scream about the profession’s malevolence. Label all 800,000 racists.  Spit on them at protests. Throw bottles at their heads. Call them “pigs,” “cowards,” and “murderers.” Tell them that…

No Silver Bullet

Body-worn & in-car video are often useful, but they’re no panacea By Sgt. Keith Wenzel If every police officer were issued a body-worn camera, the encounter with Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and robbery suspect Michael Brown would not be an issue. … Or would it? According to some pundits the body-worn camera is the magical…

Time Has Come Today

Every cop will soon record video By Crawford Coates In the wake of events in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama has promised $75 million over the next three years to increase the use of body-worn video among law enforcement agencies in the U.S. This will reportedly finance some 50,000 body-worn cameras for police officers. The money…

10 Misconceptions of Body-Worn Video

Expecting too much of a single camera mounted on a police officer spells disaster By the Force Science Institute The idea is building that once every cop is equipped with a body camera, the controversy will be taken out of police shootings and other uses of force because “what really happened” will be captured on video…

The Stress-Proof Career

Stress comes with the territory, but these three habits will ensure it doesn't end your career (or your life…) By Jeff Shannon, LMFT Highly publicized events of the last year confirm for me that these are difficult times to be a cop. In addition to the usual family, organizational and personal stress we carry with…

The Right Decision in Ferguson?

Facts-based narratives—the basis of law—are hard to find in media reports By Lt. Jim Glennon Was it the right decision: no true bill of indictment? Seems like it was. This is the third article I’ve written about the Ferguson, Mo., shooting that occurred this past August. In the past three months I have fielded calls…

Enough is Enough

Too many officers have been killed by criminals in this country illegally By Lt. Jim Glennon “If it saved the life of only one child it is worth changing the law on ___.” (Insert agenda, law, policy, or cultural practice.) I’ve heard this line used by people of every political persuasion pushing an agenda or…

Multiple Aliases, Multiple Arrests

Alleged cop killer, convicted criminal & illegal immigrant used aliases & a broken system to kill two cops By Crawford Coates U.S. Immigration and Customs has confirmed that the fingerprints of an alleged-cop killer who identified himself as Marcelo Marquez match those of Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte. According to friends and family, those were just two…

“He was The Best”

Exclusive interview: Officer James Bertuccini on losing his partner Sgt. Keith Wenzel's emotionally charged interview with Officer Bertuccini will make you take stock of what truly matters.  It's a sobering reminder: wear your seatbelt and avoid complacency.  Even the best are not immune.