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A tool exists that can map crash and crime scenes, delivering accurate measurements in far less time that conventional methods. It is called "Close-Range Photogrammetry." With this technology, 3D measurements can be extrapolated from 2D digital camera images acquired from various angles at the scene. Close-Range Photogrammetry can be a boon to any traffic officer or reconstructionist who adopts it, whether the officer investigates only a few crash or crime scenes a year, or accomplishes a hun...
Equivocal death investigations are those inquiries that are open to interpretation. Here, Geberth discusses a case in which an eleven-year-old female was found hanging from her bedpost by a chain connected to a dog collar around her neck. He concludes that the death of this child was more consistent with Homicide than with Suicide and that the scene had been stages to mislead the authorities or redirect the investigation.
Police officers, prosecutors, and defense lawyers often become embroiled in disputes as to exactly what occurred when suspects were brought to a police station for questioning when no recording was made of the interview. By using audio or video equipment to record everything that occurs during custodial interviews, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have the ability to put an end to these disputes and remove the risk of losing critical evidence.
The Anchorage Police Department in Alaska had a problem. The city averaged 122% more rapes than any other city in the country. Until recently not enough manpower was available to handle all of the incoming sexual assault cases. Whitehead discusses how the Anchorage Police Department handles the alarming number of sexual assault cases.
In an era where DNA evidence is often helpful in solving burglaries, rape cases, homicides, car thefts, and narcotic crimes, it is important for law enforcement agencies to understand and be trained on proper collection and preservation of this type of evidence. Improper storage, packaging, or handling of valuable DNA evidence can result in degradation or contamination of DNA, potentially causing evidence to be unsuitable for DNA screening or testing. Here, Gahn discusses how to best collect ...
In Bavaria, police trainers have begun a pilot program utilizing a driving simulator built by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics. This special police driving simulator was created over a 1.5 year period in cooperation with University of Wurzburg and with experienced police officers of the Bavarian Police, in particular those assigned to Bereitscaftspolizei. Here, Weiss and Davis elaborate.
The differences between US and Slovenian Police seem great, however each agency's similarity in fleet use, special units, and officer policy demonstrate the differences are not as great. Here, Zimmerman elaborates.
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released the results of a study regarding drivers using their cellular phones during 2004. According to the study, 5% of drivers on the road were holding cellular phones to their ears, compared to 4% in 2002, and 3% in 2000 during normal daylight hours. The National Occupant Protection Use Survey provided the only probability-based observed data on driver cell phone.
Today, whether one is a traffic patrol officer, trained reconstructionist, or a crime scene investigator, there are "one-size-fits-all" drawing programs that are quick to learn and easy to use. One of these is the Vista FX (Version 1.3) program available from Visual Statement Inc (VSI) of British Columbia Canada, which VSI touts as unique since it employs a custom drawing engine so that the software will meet the specific needs of crash or crime scene investigation.
Each year the NAUMD sponsors The Best Dressed Law Enforcement Competition that honors and publicly acknowledges police departments across America. This competition elevates the professionalism of the appearance of law enforcement officers by emphasizing the importance of the officers' uniform.
Most times, there are no immediate, quick fixes to an employee's problems, nor do most leaders have any insightful wisdom to offer. But there are some basic questions that leaders can ask to help the officer look at circumstances from a different point of view. The way that leaders ask questions better allows an individual to see their situation in a proper context and with more clarity. Here, Field elaborates.
Crime analysis has received a renewed focus largely in part to the tragic events of Sep 11, 2001. Knowing that there are various specialties with the field of crime analysis, an agency can make a better decision as to what type of analysis, an agency can make a better decision as to what type of analyst they wish to hire or analytical techniques they wish to employ. Here, Burns and Gebhardt further discuss the crime analysis paradigm.
The British police fleet market is unique in Europe for one simple reason--it is open to a multiplicity of manufacturers who have a level playing field to procure police business in the 56 UK police forces and other 999 agencies. That means competition is fierce as manufacturers from the UK, Europe, and Japan tender for the contracts to replace the estimated 4,500 police vehicles that are renewed on an annual basis. Here, Blaxall elaborates.
The admonition of "don't cook the books" applies to police supervision and administration at all levels. Police administrators across the country are, indeed, getting caught cooking the books, in other words, intentionally fabricating crime statistics. This applies to everything from the major crimes reported to the FBI for inclusion in the Uniform Crime Report, and the traffic stop data collected for racial profiling compliance, to the numbers turned in to one's local city or county council.
Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced extended capabilities for the rugged TDS Recon handheld computer via a line of new accessories. These capabilities give workers in public safety, field service, utility, military and other outdoor applications the ability to use the TDS Recon with CompactFlash cameras, bar code scanners and SD memory cards. The new Optical CF-Cap features a clear window to allow the Recon to work with selected CompactFlash cameras and bar code scanners.
VF Imagewear's Horace Small brand and VF Outdoor's The North Face brand, have teamed up with Cops on Top--a multi-national, non-profit organization that honors the lives and sacrifices of officers killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving their communities. Annual mountaineering expeditions to the world's foremost mountains provide a means by which Cops on Top can honor fallen officers and enlighten the public on the dangers, stress and life-altering effects faced by the thousan...
Today's professional law enforcement training officer must have the patience of Mother Therersa, the oratory skill of William F. Buckley, the shooting skill of Dirty Harry, the genius of Stephen Hawking, the fighting skill of Lennox Lewis, the instant psychological quick-fix of Dr Phil, the serenity of Gandhi, and the writing skill of Joseph Wambaugh. These skills aside, the training officer must also have some resources available to do the assigned job in the best possible manner. A list of ...
A Jaguar 3.0L X-type, a vital component in Merseyside Police's "Lancsafe" initiative, has proved a great success patrolling its own stretch of the urban jungle known locally as the East Lancashire (or East Lancs) Road. Where there are so many vehicles, there will be vehicle-related crime. The criminal element use East Lancs as a crime corridor to ply their nefarious trade, hence the launch of the Merseyside Police Lancsafe team in mid-2000.
Dees reviews Tripod Data Systems' Recon, a Global Positioning System navigation device.
Most court decisions involving questions of constitutional law and the police deal with "on the scene" situations where the issue revolves around search, seizure, brutality, or other matters related to an immediate arrest. Two separate and recent federal court decisions in non-criminal matters, however, might be viewed as critical to law enforcement interests. In one case, the police received a favorable ruling, but, in the other case, the decision went against them. Devanney details the deci...
Dees features License Plate Reading (LPR) system, a product of Elsag, an Italian company that has formed a partnership with Remington Arms in the US. In a mobile application, LPR is optimized to work at a patrol speed of 35 miles per hour. As a fixed system, LPR can recognize 95% of the license plates moving past the cameras at up to 75 miles per hour.
More than six million people from around the world attended Munich Germany's Oktoberfest. For policing the 2004 Oktoberfest, all selected police officers were specially trained. This meant a change from their basic police behavior where the officers usually conduct police business as individuals. Here, Weiss and Davis elaborate.
Schanlaub investigates on the health hazards caused by the increasing number of methamphetamine laboratories in the US. The DEA indicates the number of clandestine meth labs seized nationwide by DEA increased over 500% from 1994 to 2000, and continues growing in 2005, and officers across the country have been to the scenes of meth labs only to leave with a headache or mucus membrane problems.
The Citizen Interview Exercise is one of the more common of all assessment center exercises because it is so typical of what police officers do--at almost any level--day in and day out. Dealing with the public in a variety of settings and circumstances is a common occurrence for most police officers, and dealing with citizen complaints and problems--even those involving the way they were treated by the police--is something police officers, supervisors and middle managers do on a regular basis...
Johnson discusses how police supervisors can develop a personal relationship with their subordinates. A police officer's personal life is inseparable from his law enforcement function, and a truly effective supervisor recognizes the value of taking an interest in the personal lives of his charges.
A question and answer advisory regarding police officers' family intimacy problems is presented. If one really wants to make things better, explain the situation, try "dosing" family time, and break things up a little, to avoid monotony and tedium.
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