SWAT – America’s Specialty Peace Keepers

SWAT – America’s Specialty Peace Keepers

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Daryl Gates, a Los Angeles police Inspector nearing his 20th year of service with LAPD during the Watts riots of 1965, is often credited as the “Father of SWAT”, a small, specially trained, and equipped unit of police officers created to deal with unique tactical challenges beyond the ability Read more »

Never Off Duty

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D People may ask “Do you always carry a gun?” For many, if not most officers, the answer is yes. An off-duty New Hanover County, North Carolina Deputy was shopping at Food Lion. Kenneth Alan Stout, age 63, was being sought by the U.S. Marshals Service as a dangerous fugitive Read more »

Confusion in the Chaos of School Emergencies

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D After the apparent lack of swift response to the school shooter in Uvalde, Texas, parents can panic over what might seem to be inaction on the part of the law enforcement response to emergencies in their own neighborhoods. There are two things the public, and law enforcement leaders, must Read more »

Behind the Badges: Task Forces

By Stephen Owsinski The lore of federal law enforcement agencies traditionally snubbing local cops may have once been a thing but, nowadays, city cops and county deputies work alongside federal agents in various ways, pool resources and intel, and cull criminals from our streets. Like any other profession, real or perceived friction comes to the Read more »

Behind the Badges: Court Officers

By Stephen Owsinski With the massive undertaking regarding former President Donald Trump’s arrival in New York City and rogue Soros-planted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg generating his version of a “perp walk,” we witnessed the presence of and coordination by court officers maintaining some semblance of control and direction throughout the hyperbole and fanfare. So, Read more »

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Police Campaign Concentrated on Unfocused Motorists

By Stephen Owsinski Don’t know about your observations but it seems distracted driving is rampant and not getting any better despite law enforcement and Department of Transportation (DOT) campaigns echoing how deadly it is, reminding automobile operators to “put it down, it can wait.” As defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted Read more »

Behind the Badges: Crime-Scene Processing

By Stephen Owsinski Law enforcement agencies investigating crimes endemically process scenes by first photographing the place of occurrence in its entirety then meticulously culling for physical evidence which, when/if it ever goes to trial, is presented and explained by the keen-eyed police personnel inclined in forensic sciences. In America, crime scene processors are either sworn Read more »

Dealing With Explosives

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D There are two things cops know about bombs. One is that they don’t look like an oversized red firecracker. The other is that they don’t come attached to a digital countdown clock. The insidious truth about criminal explosive devices is that they can look like anything. Ted Kaczynski, better Read more »