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Are Criminals More Violent?

February 16th, 2010

c5f9cd4966dc3c96Juvenile Detention Officer Leonard Wall succumbed to injuries sustained when he was severely beaten by three juvenile inmates at the Jack Jones Juvenile Justice Center.  Officer Wall was conducting bed checks when the three inmates attacked him and took his keys. When another officer came to check on Officer Wall, the inmates attacked him too, inflicting non-life threatening injuries.

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Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, Mental Preperation

Verbalization De-escalation Grid

January 28th, 2010

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dfca0a019bc86e40You should always attempt to gain voluntary compliance through selected verbal strategies.  However, your personal safety is the highest priority.  Your initial verbalization to an aggressive individual should be to slow down the conflict event.  Attempt to calm the individual and give them clear directions and attempt to explain your actions if the event allows.  Redirect the individual’s anger to the past.  Utilize L.E.A.P.S. (Listen, Empathize, Ask, Paraphrase, Summarize) “We can work this out,” “We can come up with a solution,”  “John, stop and think about how this will turn out later.”  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, use of force

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

January 27th, 2010

c740fd10a0ffc144During my many years involved in law enforcement I have responded to thousands of domestic related incidents and been involved in countless family and live in partner mediations.  Calls of this nature are just a part of being a police officer.  Even police officers or correctional officers that cannot maintain a stable home environment for themselves and respond and perform outstandingly when called upon to mediate a dispute.  I have seen incidents from family arguments to an aggravated assault in which the husband struck his wife in the mouth with a hammer, resulting in perminate disfigurement to the female.  I hope that the following provides information that will assist you in your life from becoming a victim of domestic violence and assists you in recognizing behaviors exhibited by batterers.  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips

Motivation Through Quotes

January 10th, 2010

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips

Thinking Errors Defined

January 9th, 2010

6b4477230550e6aaI got a lot of response to my initial article on criminal thinking errors requesting more information of the errors as defined.  Well here are the criminal thinking errors defined and I hope they will assist you in understanding the personalities of the inmates you work with.  Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips

Gang Clothing

January 9th, 2010

ce6253b42603e912Professional and college sports teams clothing worn by street gangs.  The following information is an indicator as to how many gang members are using popular sports clothing to represent their individual gangs. Both professional and college teams are represented. It should be noted that the sporting of clothing does not always signify gang affiliation. This list was compiled to make the reader aware of possible gang involvement. It should also be noted that street gangs have become aware of the fact that law enforcement uses the wearing of colors as an indicator of gang involvement. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Gang Information, Hot Tips

Mandatory Overtime = Sleep Deprivation

December 25th, 2009

92f366533628b6fcRemember that one little question on your application process that stated, “Are you able to work mandatory overtime” and you marked yes because you were excited to get into the system and started on your chosen career?  Looking back do you ever wish you would have marked NO?  In no other profession is there such a high turnover rate requiring so much forced or mandatory overtime on its personnel.  It was not uncommon for the entire third shift officers to be mandated to stay for the entire first shift 5 days a week making for an 80 hour work week.  40 plus hours of overtime a pay period was the normal not the unusual and after a while you began to hate telephone calls after 4:00 in the morning.  I always wondered what the effects of the daily stress and forced overtime did to a body. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, Leadership / Management

What Are Thinking Errors?

December 16th, 2009

break_gallery_275_thumb_thumb100Thinking Errors are thoughts people exhibit or demonstrate during irresponsible behavior.  This thinking leads to and brings on self-destructive behavior.  This self-destructiveness leads to and brings on criminal behaviors.  Remember, we have all demonstrated these thinking errors at one time or another, so we must keep them in perspective.  For example, although everyone has fear, what is at issue is the nature of the fear and how we cope with it. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, Mental Preperation

“Use of Force” Quiz Answers

November 21st, 2009

dfca0a019bc86e40So how well do you think you did? Let’s find out… Are you and the courts in agreement about what constitutes lawful use of force? Check your answers: Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, use of force

Use of Force True / False Quick Quiz

November 18th, 2009

40d71844358638e0Every day, law enforcement and corrections officers face danger while carrying out their responsibilities.  When dealing with a dangerous or unpredictable situation, law enforcement officers usually have very little time to assess that particular response to resistance and determine the proper response. In this training article good training can enable the officer to react properly to the threat or possible threat and respond with the appropriate tactics to address the situation, possibly including some level of force, if necessary, given the circumstances. Read more…

Tracy Barnhart Hot Tips, use of force