The 4 a.m. Traffic Stop

The 4 a.m. Traffic Stop

It’s 3:40 a.m. and you’re driving in the right lane, southbound on Broadway. You’re on patrol alone, and that makes sense — you work at one of the more than 93% of police agencies in America that employ fewer than 100 officers. About half employ fewer than 10. So backup is at least a ...
Active Shooter at Oregon Community College

Active Shooter at Oregon Community College

Authorities say that 10 are dead and tens injured when an active killer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in southern Oregon today. The killer has been "neutralized" by police, according to state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Beyond that, the killer's status is unclear at ...
Final Tour: September, 2015

Final Tour: September, 2015

Now, nine months into 2015, we have suffered 98 line-of-duty deaths. Of those, 39 have been lost in vehicle-related incidents, 29 to gunfire, and 30 to other causes, the majority of which have been duty-related heart attacks or illness. We’re slightly ahead (2%) of where we were at ...