POLICE PSYCHOLOGY: THE ACCUSED

by Gary S. Aumiller, Ph.D. ABPP | Fri, 5 Oct 2018 This column has been known to cause some stir for the politics being read into it, but mostly the column is apolitical. However, I am very nervous and followed the senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh closely. It started for me after the allegations…

Police Psychology: Law Enforcement Longevity and Loss of Self

By Michael Tavolacci, PhD at Peak Performance Biofeedback, Inc. | Fri, 5 Jan 2018 Consider: In 2011 65 police officers were shot and killed! (Violanti, 2012) In 2011 147 police officers committed suicide! (Violanti, 2012) Ironically, the sad reality is police officers commit suicide more frequently than the civilian population. Admittedly, there are a myriad…

Body Cameras, Darned If You Do, Darned If You Don’t!

By OSS Law Enforcement Advisors Staff | Wed, 15 Mar 2017 Police misconduct is oftentimes not misconduct at all, but someone attempting to create a defense of their own misconduct, or a friend or relative. The introduction of cell phones capable of video-recording an officers’ actions have exploded in our society, and the videos can…

Armstrong v. Pinehurst – Critical Policy Consideration

By OSS Law Enforcement Advisors Staff | Thu, 4 Feb 2016 On January 11, 2016, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the case of Armstrong v. Village of Pinehurst which dramatically changes the legal landscape governing TASER use by officers. TASER use as a pain compliance tool against a resisting…

To Seize or Not To Seize? That’s The Question!

By Jim Smith, OSS Expert Witness | Mon, 9 Jun 2014 Since 1969, law enforcement officers have been guided in search coincidental to arrest by Chimel v. California, in that case the Supreme Court ruled that if police arrest an individual, they may, without a search warrant, search the body of the person and “the…

To Narcan or Not to Narcan? That is the Question!

By Bernie Leonard, OSS Expert Witness | Wed, 28 May 2014 Many agencies are now issued or may be considering issuing law enforcement officers Narcan for administration in the event they encounter a person that is suffering from an overdose.  In fact, Narcan is extremely effective in cases of opiates overdoses with little or no…