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Talking the beat with leaders and experts.PoliceOne is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted online destination for law enforcement professionals, department decision-makers and industry experts.Founded in 1999, with more than 515,000 registered members representing more than 16,000 departments, PoliceOne effectively provides the law enforcement community with the information they need to protect their communities and come home safe after every shift.

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Talking the beat with leaders and experts.PoliceOne is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted online destination for law enforcement professionals, department decision-makers and industry experts.Founded in 1999, with more than 515,000 registered members representing more than 16,000 departments, PoliceOne effectively provides the law enforcement community with the information they need to protect their communities and come home safe after every shift.

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Great info

By J.A.E - Jan 20 2018
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This podcast encompasses many relevant topics that a rookie to admin can relate too.

Officer

By Milhail1989 - Apr 22 2016
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Police Officer here, great material for young and salty officers alike. Keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

61 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
9
5
4
4

Great info

By J.A.E - Jan 20 2018
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This podcast encompasses many relevant topics that a rookie to admin can relate too.

Officer

By Milhail1989 - Apr 22 2016
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Police Officer here, great material for young and salty officers alike. Keep up the good work!
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Policing Matters

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Talking the beat with leaders and experts.PoliceOne is the world’s most comprehensive and trusted online destination for law enforcement professionals, department decision-makers and industry experts.Founded in 1999, with more than 515,000 registered members representing more than 16,000 departments, PoliceOne effectively provides the law enforcement community with the information they need to protect their communities and come home safe after every shift.

Rank #1: Get out of the car: Alternative patrol tactics

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The most fundamental aspect of community policing is having cops personally and proactively interacting with the community. That’s mighty difficult to do when you have two thousand pounds of police cruiser wrapped around you, with the windows rolled up and the radio chirping. In recent years, we’ve seen many agencies increase their foot patrols, especially in downtown business districts where there is a lot of pedestrian traffic, and the sidewalk presence of police officers can help to prevent everything from cell phone theft to shoplifting. However, there are other alternatives to explore. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the ways in which police can remain mobile for rapid response, and yet also remain available for affable conversation with the average citizen.
Mar 23 2018
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Rank #2: Post-OIS interview procedures that get results

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Research from Force Science Institute reveals that in order to get the most accurate and detailed information from officer-involved shootings or other high-intensity events, officers should be allowed a recovery period of at least 48 hours before being interviewed in depth about the incident by IA or criminal investigators. Further, the manner in which the interview should be conducted should not be adversarial or confrontational — instead, a process called the cognitive interview should be used. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss some ways in which police agencies can improve the way cops are treated following a critical incident.
Feb 23 2018
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Rank #3: A renewed debate about arming teachers

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Following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there have been renewed calls for arming teachers who qualify mentally, emotionally, and physically to carry a concealed firearm. Any such program would require careful vetting, police training, constant re-evaluation of the people and the program itself. There would need to be budget put aside for everything from the guns and ammo to the administration of the program. That having been said, three states are now considering legislation to allow teachers to be armed. The president has called for arming teachers and has the power by executive fiat to make it happen. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss whether or not American schools should remain “gun free zones.”
Mar 02 2018
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Rank #4: How Antifa puts police and the public in peril

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Antifa are known for violent demonstrations, with rioters dressed in all black and armed with clubs, bats, and even Molotov Cocktails. They are highly organized — more organized than it may appear on the surface — as they plan their violent attacks. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how Antifa is really anti-government and not anti-Fascist.
Dec 22 2017
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Rank #5: Ordering food while in uniform

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While attending ILEETA 2018 in Saint Louis in late March, I heard from multiple reliable sources that at least one nearby restaurant had something of a “sick out” among employees when they learned that the hotel next door was hosting some 800 of the most elite law enforcement trainers and educators in North America. Subsequently, service at the restaurant was impossibly slow. I didn’t experience this first hand, but enough people told the same story, so I tend to believe it. Some restaurants and other establishments refuse to serve cops. Worse, some places serve the police, but with some pretty vulgar extra ingredients. Meanwhile, some big restaurant chains go out of their way to warmly welcome police patrons. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the issues related to meals on your tour.
May 11 2018
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Rank #6: When the headline is you

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Most thoughtful police leaders know that they are in perpetual peril that something so monumentally ugly goes down in their jurisdiction that cable satellite trucks will rain from the sky and take up residence in the parking lot of the nearest big-box store. Whether it is an officer-involved shooting or an active shooter event, the cameras will be rolling and the story will be you and your agency. How do you prepare for this? Jim and Doug discuss some ways to ready yourself and your department.
Jan 26 2018
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Rank #7: Trends and takeaways from 2017

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As we do every December, the Policing Matters Podcast looks back on the year that was. Probably the biggest single event of the year was the Las Vegas mass shooting, but Jim and Doug also discuss how police responded to natural disasters — particularly Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the widespread wildfires in Northern California. Other major trends were cops in the middle of First Amendment assemblies, the debate over sanctuary cities, and the fallout of decriminalization of various offences. As we close out 2017 and move forward into 2018, Jim and Doug wish every one of you health, happiness, safety and success.
Dec 20 2017
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Rank #8: What should cops read this summer?

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The best officers are continually looking for ways to improve their skills and abilities. There are myriad ways to go about that, but one often overlooked method is to read as much as possible to expand your understanding of a topic. Jim and Doug discuss a host of titles — some new, some old — that can help officers up their game. They also include some fiction titles for your summer vacation enjoyment.
Jul 22 2016
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Rank #9: Should bump stocks and suppressors be illegal?

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The gunman in the Las Vegas shooting in October reportedly had equipped several AR-15 rifles with what is called a bump stock, which effectively turns a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon capable of automatic fire. Following that tragedy, there has been a great deal of discussion around the legitimate purpose a bump stock might have, as well as the need for a gun owner to equip their firearms with a suppressor. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss those issues as well as the emerging threats posed by 3-D printers and so-called ghost guns.
Jan 05 2018
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Rank #10: FGM in the USA: The reality of the brutality

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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Police are among the people who are “mandatory reporters” of suspected abuse or neglect. Abuse can take many forms — from physical harm to emotional damage. One relatively unknown form of child abuse is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) — the practice of the removal of a female’s clitoris and labia. Women in places like Dijibouti, Egypt, Guinea, Mali, Northern Sudan, Sierra Leone, and Somalia have undergone this brutal “procedure.” Astonishingly, this brutal form of child abuse is becoming prevalent in the United States. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how police should respond to reports of FGM.
Apr 13 2018
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Rank #11: Traffic stop safety: Tactics to keep officers safe

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Traffic stops are one of the most common activities for law enforcement officers on patrol. They are the epitome of proactive, self-initiated policing. They are also, however, sometimes deadly. Officers can be struck by passing vehicles, dragged by a vehicle fleeing the stop, assaulted physically either with personal weapons (fists and feet) or by weapons up to and including firearms. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the benefits of things like the passenger side approach and waiting for backup to arrive before even initiating the stop.
Dec 21 2018
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Rank #12: What's the best policy for police pursuits?

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For 100 consecutive weeks, Jim and Doug have cranked out podcast segments on topics as varied as suicide by cop, stop and frisk, Apple vs. the FBI, officer suicide, gang injunctions, and "contempt of cop." They've also covered some lighter topics, assembling lists of their favorite police books, as well as best cop movies and cop shows on TV. In this 100th podcast segment, Jim and Doug revisit the topic that generated the most listener feedback: vehicle pursuits.
Nov 17 2017
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Rank #13: Cops speak out on no-pursuit policies

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Our podcast discussing the fact that many agencies have enacted strict no-pursuit policies, with others adopting highly-restrictive policies that have all but rendered vehicle pursuits rare in those jurisdictions, generated a fairly heated discussion among cops. Jim and Doug read some of the comments and offer their thoughts
Jun 24 2016
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Rank #14: What it takes to be a great police leader

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We all know bad leadership when we see it. It couldn't be more plain or obvious when a person in a position of authority loses (or never had) the commitment or allegiance of the people over whom they have authority. It's equally clear when we're in the presence of a great leader — someone we'd follow into hell with nothing but a bucket of water and a hastily assembled plan. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the traits of a good leader.
Aug 31 2018
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Rank #15: Why stop and frisk is paramount to officer safety

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Critics of the so-called “Stop and Frisk” have effectively ended the practice in places like New York City. But the fact is that when an officer conducts a field interview or makes contact with an individual who they reasonably suspect to possess a weapon, conducing that search is an officer safety issue. The tactic has been held to be Constitutional in the 1968 case Terry v. Ohio, which was based on a stop conducted by Cleveland Police Department Detective Martin McFadden. Jim and Doug discuss how the tactic is used, and consider ways to better educate the public that it’s not a matter of police arbitrarily stopping people on the street, but based on the officer’s articulable observations.
Mar 14 2016
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Rank #16: What the FBI's new report confirms about active shooters

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In late June, the FBI released what it called "Phase Two" of the agency’s ongoing examination of active killer events that took place between 2000 and 2013. In Phase One of the study, researchers focused on the circumstances of the active shooting events — location, duration, and resolution of the attacks — but did not attempt to identify the offenders’ motives or any “observable pre-attack behaviors.” In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss how the report confirmed a lot of the conclusions about these attackers that most police officers already suspected, and why the public should be the primary audience for this particular document.
Aug 11 2018
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Rank #17: Officer discretion and contempt of cop

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On July 26th, a nurse in Utah named Alex Wubbels was arrested for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient who had suffered severe injuries from a car crash. Wubbels argued that she wouldn't allow the blood to be drawn unless the man was under arrest or there was a police warrant. This was despite the fact that Section 1.3 of the Utah Commercial Driver’s License Handbook states that “If you operate a CMV [commercial vehicle], you shall be deemed to have given your consent to alcohol testing.” The video of the incident sparked a national outcry. In this week’s podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the balance between enforcing the law and falling prey to the “contempt of cop” trap some subjects will set.
Oct 13 2017
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Rank #18: Should simply drawing your sidearm be considered a use of force?

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For many — if not most — agencies, the act of drawing the service pistol from the holster and pointing it at a subject is considered a use of force. However, context should be considered. Is the firearm out and hidden behind the leg upon approach at a traffic stop? Is it out and at the low ready during a building search for a suspect known to be armed and dangerous? In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss what constitutes force, and what constitutes sound tactical judgment.
Jul 20 2017
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Rank #19: Should cops shoot at moving vehicles?

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Try to think if you’ve heard this one before: A man uses a vehicle as a weapon in a terrorist attack. That sounds familiar because this method of has become commonplace ever since ISIS and Al Qaeda began promoting it in their online instructional magazines. It recently happened in Stockholm, Sweden — an attack that left four people dead. In December 2016, a truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and wounding nearly 50 others. A Somali-born student at Ohio State University crashed his car into a crowd of pedestrians in November before getting out and stabbing several of them with a butcher knife.

Meanwhile, agencies across America are instituting policies that all but prohibit shooting at violent subjects in vehicles. Jim and Doug discuss why they feel “no shooting at vehicles, ever” policies don’t make sense.
May 19 2017
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Rank #20: Breaking down 'broken windows'

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Enforcing laws that address citizens’ quality of life has had a historically positive impact in preventing more serious crimes in areas not already rife with violence and lawlessness. For decades, the concept of Broken Windows Policing has successfully prevented increases in crime — in fact, it has been credited with widespread reduction in crime — in cities across the United States. Jim and Doug discuss the political pressure to draw back from this method of policing.
Sep 30 2016
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