It’s the end of the year and you’re probably reading a lot of “top 10” lists. We didn’t want to be left out! Lexipol published more than 75 articles this year from our team of current and former public safety professionals. So with no further ado, here’s our list of most-read articles from 2016!
Top Legal Article
Q&A: Common Issues Arising from Traffic Stops
Following a Maryland ruling in which an agency’s policy to frisk passengers every time a motorist consents to a search was found unconstitutional, Ken Wallentine took some time to examine other common legal issues that come up at traffic stops. In this article he tackles whether officers can order vehicle occupants to stay in—or get out of—the vehicle, show their hands while in the car, identify themselves, and more.
Check out these other popular legal posts:
• Beware “Cut and Paste” When Preparing a Warrant
• Search of Backpack Incident to Arrest Can’t Be Justified When Suspect Is Handcuffed and Distant
• Detector Dog Sniff in Common Hallways Violates Jardines Holding
• Frisk Producing Key Fob Fails to Meet Plain Feel Doctrine
Top Law Enforcement Article
Priority of Life: Building a Better Model for PERF’s First Guiding Principle
When the Police Executive Research Forum released its Guiding Principles on the Use of Force earlier this year, many in law enforcement took issue with the recommendations, while others defended them fiercely. In this article, Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli takes a measured look at the first Guiding Principle, which deals with sanctity of life, and proposes a framework that can help agencies and officers meet the intent of the principle without endangering officer safety.
Don’t miss the other articles in this series:
• Above and Beyond Graham v. Connor? Examining PERF’s Second Guiding Principle
• The Legitimacy Test: A More Practical Approach to De-Escalation
• Why PERF’s Prohibition on Shooting at Vehicles Sells Agencies Short
Top Fire Service Article
Learning to Lead: Why Departments Must Take a Proactive Approach to Fire Officer Development
How do you capture the experience that “walks out the door” when a senior officer retires? BC (Ret.) Sean Stumbaugh tackles this question and shares how departments can create a continuous pipeline of qualified officer candidates, then train and prepare them properly for the job.
Top Custody Article
Addressing Correctional Officer Stress
Those working in the custody setting face myriad stressors and as a result, emotional exhaustion and burnout are not uncommon among correctional officers. In this article, Lt. (Ret.) Lynne Woodruff examines causes of stress on correctional officers and, most importantly, what administrators can do to counteract stress and support their staff.
Top Policy Article
3 Best Practices for Accelerating Public Safety Policy Review and Approval
Many agencies struggle with policy review and approval; it’s easy to get bogged down in the review process, and not including the right people from the start can derail the project. Lexipol Implementation Services specialist Gregg Satula shares some strategies that can streamline the process.