I often get asked the question: “Why is court process and procedure such a relevant and important consideration for frontline enforcement officers?”
Police stopped Kellen P., a small-time drug dealer in rural Arizona in the United States, after running a red light. The officer arrested Kellen after a K9 found a brick of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and acid (LSD) hidden in a backpack.
Cybercrime. It screams at us from the headlines daily. Millions of accounts hacked. Banks and Cryptocurrencies raided. Foreign nationals indicted or arrested. Yet so few of those headlines talk about the cybercrimes that law enforcement encounters daily – attacks on the small businesses that make up our local communities.
Heroes, co-workers, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, wives, and partners: these are just a few of the names we use on a daily basis when referring to some of the most important people in our lives. The policing community has evolved in relation to women and the roles they take, specifically in relation to the positions women are hired to. They are held to the same hiring standards as men and are valued the same.
Intelligence gathering techniques by law enforcement, such as interrogation and technologically mediated surveillance, are essential for effectively deterring, detecting and responding to wrongdoings, but these techniques can be problematic (for example, imposing on legal rights to privacy or contravening expectations of human rights through invasive or overzealous practices).
As we all know, use of force, especially lethal force, in law enforcement has dramatically high costs — not only in lives and careers but also in public perception. Recent cases, such as with Robert Dziekański, Sammy Yatim and Abdirahman Abdi, have highlighted a disconnect between the standard officers are held to for use of force and the public’s response.
If you’re looking for a good debate, just mention the word CISM — Critical Incident Stress Management. There are more opinions about this theme than one cares to know. However, many have not taken the time to actually clarify its meaning so the result is like the “broken telephone” game. The message received is not the one sent.
If the image to your left seems familiar, you may already know about the “Share It. Don’t Wear It” awareness campaign aimed at first responders in British Columbia. These particular images and words were chosen to represent the mental-health challenges law-enforcement officers and dispatchers face in their day-to-day work.
DNA is often considered the most reliable form of forensic evidence, and this reputation is based on the way DNA experts use statistics. When they compare the DNA left at a crime scene with the DNA of a suspect, experts generate statistics that describe how closely those DNA samples match. A jury can then take those match statistics into account when deciding guilt or innocence.
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