Police Use of Force

There is a well known sociologist, Egon Bittner, who posited that in a democratic society the capacity to use coercive force is the defining feature of the police.  It isn’t unlimited authority – it is limited by legislative action, court decisions, can only be used in the performance of duty, not to settle personal disputes and we can’t […]

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AHPD Officer B. Hollenbeck Writes About Being An Active Shooter Response Protocol Instructor

Guest Blogger:  Officer Brandon Hollenbeck Training law enforcement officers to respond immediately and appropriately to active shooter type incidents is a fundamental and necessary part of law enforcement training.  It is not only important that police officers understand what an active shooter incident entails but more importantly officers must thoroughly understand the way in which […]

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School Resource Officer Blogs About School Safety

My name is Officer Chubb; I am the school resource officer for the Auburn Hills Police Department.  Chief Olko asked if I would be a guest blogger and discuss the topic of school safety, with an emphasis on how we help facilitate school lockdown drills within our community.  The City of Auburn Hills has within […]

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Responding to Active Shooters

Sadly, I see that there was another shooting today at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas.  I can’t tell you why this seems to be the method of choice by people who want to make a name for themselves, draw attention to their grudges against the world or whatever reason.   I can’t tell you why […]

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Run, Hide, Fight

Something I never thought I’d have to do was to advise people in the United States of America how to protect themselves against domestic terror/workplace violence.  It seems all too commonplace now.  We are frequently asked what we advise people to do if they should be caught in a situation where there is an active […]

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Police Use of Force

Every year our Operations Commander gives me a report on our use of force from the previous year.  Below is the one I just recieved from Lt. Cas Miarka: During the 2011 calendar year Auburn Hills officers handled 17,664 calls for service and made 12,663 traffic stops for a total of 30,327 events.  Auburn Hills […]

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Officer Involved Shootings: Myth vs Reality

I don’t think there is any other profession whose public image is so defined by movies and television as ours.  The public sees hundreds of officer involved shootings each year–as portrayed by Hollywood.  As a result, I think people have a distorted and unrealistic view of what is actually happening in a police involved shooting.  I […]

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More Metrics

Police use of force is always a subject of concern by the public.  As it should be.  In a democratic society the police have enormous power to take a person into custody against their will and use force to accomplish that end.  We are often handicapped by the public perception, fueled by television and movies, that […]

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Reversing A Trend

Beginning a new year is a time to make a new start. I have quite a few resolutions. They are probably pretty similar to yours. One trend I am praying will change is the dramatic increase in police officer fatalities that occurred in 2010 and 2009. The FBI is telling us that violent crime is […]

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Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology

I know some folks out there are looking at the title of this blog and saying “Whaaat??” I think you know this technology better when known by its brand names like TASER or STINGER.  It is a less than lethal force use option. A lot has been written and said about these devices and whether […]

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