POLICE Magazine - March 2014

COVER STORY

Building Leaders

By Melanie Basich
Even if people receive some training, there is more to becoming a leader than taking a class. Training in all its aspects needs to change with the times. But it's a pervasive cultural issue. And it takes time to change a culture.

Features:

Training Outside of the Box
The contemporary use-of-force simulator scenario has become much more of an immersive and realistic experience for the student. All of this technological innovation has led agencies and instructors to re-examine the ways they are using simulators for both recruit and in-service training.

Police Cell Phones and Social Media
Unbelievable as it may sound, this was probably the first recorded tactical law enforcement call-out conducted over Facebook. Even though I rarely use Facebook, I knew my officers did and better yet they monitored it. The call-out was successful and the suspect was apprehended.

Cell Phones on Duty
Most cops can readily agree a cell phone is perhaps the best new tool an officer can have during his or her patrol shift. Whether it is used to call a victim, a barricaded suspect, or a detective on a major case, a cell phone is a vital asset to the patrol officer.

Creative Financing for Ocean Systems' Solution
Helmsing sought and received approval from his superiors to approach local business users of surveillance video and ask them for donations for the Ocean Systems' equipment. "Banks and credit unions are big users of surveillance video so we started with them," Helmsing says.

Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job
At minimum, an LASD reserve officer's service will include logging 20 hours a month regardless of obligations posed by the reserve's regular job and family responsibilities. He may find himself working his own patrol car, standing guard in the cold along a parade route, or handling that "change of shift" report nobody else wanted.

Columns:

Twisted Speech
How in the world did we manage to twist the English language into such a politically correct knot that "gentleman" has become a synonym for "felon," "sociopath," or "terrorist?"

Knuckling Under
In October the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) released a scathing report that alleged widespread abuse of law enforcement premium pay at the Department of Homeland Security. One day before a Senate hearing on the issue, the head of ICE suspended all premium pay for headquarters and training personnel.

Ode to the Belt
The cow skidded down the far emergency lane, and my vehicle creaked and scraped down the other. I slammed on the now stiff brakes and my Chevy ground loudly to a stop, steaming and groaning while I waited for the impact of some approaching vehicle.

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