The Challenges of Dealing With the Mentally Ill

One of the bigger challenges we have is dealing with the mentally ill.  It has become a commonplace call for our officers.  People in a mental health crisis are often combative, frightened and can be frightening. Yesterday I was reviewing incidents of force use as we do here to look for policy compliance, need for training […]

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The Naked Man on I-75 Yesterday

You might recall that it was snowing heavily yesterday morning so officers were somewhat surprised when they were sent on the call of a naked man walking on I-75.   Here is a video that one driver posted: Actually this isn’t a call that is that unusual-it just isn’t usually on the freeway.  The sergeant and […]

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Patrol Sgt Brandon Hollenbeck Writes About Quick Clearance for Traffic

Below is training information we are using for our police officers and dispatchers.  We are reviewing our Quick Clearance AKA Traffic Incident Management principles with them in anticipation of the onset of winter driving.  It is good information for you, the motorist as well.   We are asking you to cooperate with us as we […]

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Emergency Medical Dispatch has Changed the Way We Respond

You might recall that earlier this year we made a move to Emergency Medical Dispatch.  We purchased a nationally known software package developed by emergency medical personnel to direct our dispatchers more effectively in how to deal with callers with medical emergencies.  It is a system used around the country.   In the past, we did […]

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Mall Exercise Last Night

We had an EXCELLENT training event last night at Great Lakes Crossings Mall.  It was a full-scale event involving people who played roles as the bad guys AKA active shooters, press people, wounded victims.  Most of us, including me, played our own roles–what we would do in the event of an incident like this.  FBI […]

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The FBI National Academy Through the Eyes of Lt. Jill McDonnell

Every few years we have the opportunity to send one of our executive command staff members to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.  Command level personnel attend classes for 10 weeks to study policing best practices.  They attend with other police executives from around the country and the world.  It is a prized policing […]

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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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Emerging Trends: Police Response to Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

Earlier this year, all of our staff went through an internal training process to educate us on the increasing impact on police of dealing with reports of missing Alzheimer’s disease patients.  At last year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, the IACP kicked off a multi stage educational program for police nationally to call our […]

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How Do You Make Sense of It?

I don’t know that one can make sense of what happened Friday in Newtown, Conneticut.  Everyone is searching for an answer; some logic in an illogical situation. But I doubt if there will be much, if any, ever located.  In the disordered thinking of a person who would commit such a heinous crime, there is no […]

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