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The Untold Story of Police Self-Discipline

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The statistics on police use of force cannot be repeated too often. With about 800,000 law enforcement officers of various stripes and duties making more than a million citizen contacts every week, the frequency of using force to make arrests and intervening in crime is remarkably low. The most Read more »

Excellence in Law Enforcement

By Stephen Owsinski Each time I see or hear the words “police reforms” or “reimagining the police,” I think back to the days of duly qualified accreditation professionals who sift through cop shop’s policies and protocols, scrutinizing every scintilla, ultimately ensuring the candidate law enforcement agency meets muster in myriad ways, predominantly founded in “precepts Read more »

Law Enforcement Dealing with Explosives

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D An alert campus police officer noticed a clear 2-liter bottle containing an unknown liquid in the stadium parking lot filled with cars from attendees of a football game. The area was the primary route for pedestrians leaving the game that was ending just a short time after the officer Read more »

How Young is Too Young for Law Enforcement?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Sabin Ward, 21, is now perhaps the youngest police chief ever in the state of Ohio. Ward, who was sworn in Friday to lead the New Athens police force, was eager to begin his first shift after the ceremony. “Being the age that I am puts a big responsibility Read more »

New ‘See Through Walls’ Technology for Law Enforcement Operations’ Situational Awareness

By Stephen Owsinski An Israeli technology company has engineered a remote-based device with Superman-ish capability, enabling law enforcement officers to “see through walls,” whether up-close or from a safer distance. Per the company’s press release, “For the first time, military forces, law enforcement agencies, and first responders are able to detect live objects beyond the Read more »

The Naked Truth About the Unclothed

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Ever since Adam and Eve looked down and realized they were naked and that was somehow not quite right, most of humanity has insisted on covering up. When law enforcement officers encounter a nude individual, the presumption is that there is something very wrong. How much clothing is the Read more »

Gathering Information for Investigations

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Facial recognition, fake cell tower interception, surveillance flights, and license plate readers all have two things in common. They solve crimes and they cause privacy concerns. When does good investigative police work cross the line to an invasion of privacy? Do criminals have the right to privacy? Should citizens Read more »