Tag Archives: Officer Safety

When Force is Used at EPD

Use of Force at EPD As part of our policy to control the use of force, EPD performs an inspection that collects the data surrounding the circumstances, types and levels of force used by its officers. Captain Stephens read every … Continue reading

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Painted in Blue

A poem hangs on my office wall titled Painted in Blue. It was written by the daughter of a police officer trying to grapple with the notion of her father working as a gang sergeant and dealing a violent culture … Continue reading

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Tipping Point

In Malcom Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point, he points to small changes that can have an enormous impact. Once those changes reach a Tipping Point they accelerate resulting in amazement. Gladwell gives the three rules for the tipping point: contagiousness; the … Continue reading

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Standing O’ For the Cops in Blue

May is police officer memorial month. The President of the United States and Congress, as well as local government leaders, felt it important to annually mark the sacrifice men and women made to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans.  Policing … Continue reading

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Violence…Against the Police

This article addresses what most police already know. Society’s failure to deal with mental health problems, domestic violence, PTSD, gun availability, and absconding from bail, probation and parole costs cops their lives. Policing is a dangerous job and most cops … Continue reading

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When the Police Use Force

Last year EPD officers contacted citizens more than 74,139 times. From traffic stops to arrests, or others crying for help. Some people were drunk and belligerent, others high and in a psychotic state, some were paranoid and delusional.  Most were cooperative. That is … Continue reading

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Officer Down!

Too many times in my career I heard the alert tone switch on the radio and the most feared words in policing come over the radio.  11-99, officer down, shots fired, All units respond code 3.  Instantly fear, anger, sadness … Continue reading

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Stop the Bleeding

A COPS’ PERSPECTIVE! Beep. Beep. Beep. Multiple shots fire inside 123 Main Street.  RP reports multiple victims, the shooter is still active.  Units respond code three.  The engines race but not as fast as the heart or the mind. Update: … Continue reading

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The Courage to Police…Do You?

While conducting a hiring interview this week, a recent academy graduate said, “I would ensure my safety, then that of my partners and then the community…” This was in response to an ethical question concerning an officer using excessive force. … Continue reading

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Less Lethal Weapons Now @ EPD

You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, neither do you bring a bean bag gun to a confrontation with a real gun. Continue reading

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