Law Enforcement White Papers
White Papers from leading Police experts provide great insight and research on timely relevant Police topics.
According to data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 127 law enforcement officers died in 2012 while on duty. The leading cause of death for these officers were traffic-related incidents. Traffic stops can be inherently dangerous for law enforcement professionals due to the presence of traffic, drivers who are not paying attention and violent individuals in vehicles that may try to evade detection or arrest. However, by taking proactive measures during each stage of the stop, law enforcement professionals may be able to reduce the number of deaths and injuries that occur during traffic stops.
The use of force is a much debated topic in the world of law enforcement, both among law enforcement officers and the general public. While many people have the perception that police officers use force arbitrarily, there are general standards that govern the use of force which all officers must adhere to. Individual discretion and circumstance are often pitted against such guidelines as the use of force continuum, which provides a general outline for the progression of force as it relates to the actions of a suspect. This guide will cover the basic guidelines and considerations related to the use of force in law enforcement.
In a 2008 study on the effects of stress on law enforcement officers at the University of Buffalo, it was discovered that the pressures of the job put officers at a higher risk to suffer high blood pressure, insomnia, and heart problems. Officers were also found to have a higher level of destructive stress hormones in their blood, and the effect of all these factors, led to a higher than average suicide rate. It would appear, despite the recognition of the strong mind-body correlation, most cops donít see these factors applying to them. Taking into account the strong mind-body connection, this white paper offers ten tips to keep your mind sharp, which will enhance your physical and mental well-being in the process.
The advent of smart phones has led to widespread use, and the likelihood of finding a mobile phone at a crime scene is high. Professionals at all levels need to increase their knowledge of how cell phones can be used as evidence gathering devices. Lawyers, security professionals and law enforcement personnel need to know the ins and outs of proper handling of these devices. Download this white paper to discover the importance of understanding the latest technology in mobile forensics.
In order to use dash camera videos to a client's advantage in civil litigation, it is necessary to understand why these videos are powerful and how they can be used in court. Remember that many jurors have grown to expect the type of crystal clear evidence that they see presented on popular television programs. Using dash camera video is an excellent way to meet the evidentiary demands of modern juries. Download this white paper to learn how to effectively use dash camera video in civil litigation.
Many law enforcement agencies now use Tasers and other electronic control weapons (ECWs) in the course of duty. When used correctly, ECWs can reduce the use of deadly force and the overall risk of injury for suspects under arrest. ECWs can also help prevent injuries to police officers caused by suspects. On the whole, ECWs have been viewed as a positive means by which to reduce police brutality charges and to build better community relations. When used correctly, ECWs are an excellent alternative to deadly weapons. However like any weapon, ECWs come with their own set of drawbacks and liability issues. Download this white paper to learn about the risks and benefits of using electronic control weapons.
Whether individuals are in the public or private sector, criminal justice professionals are facing the same obstacles in the challenging and compelling field of electronic evidence management. Download this white paper and learn how to manage digital data, maintain authenticity of digital evidence, how to review electronic data, how to acquire and protect legal data, and more.