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A Perspective on Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams

Randy Petersen | June 28, 2019
SWAT teams are sometimes a necessity, and because of the nature of the incidents they are properly used for, team formation, training, and use should be required to meet…

Is Pro-Liberty Really Anti-Police?

Randy Petersen | May 31, 2019
The Texas Public Policy Foundation worked hard this legislative session to limit the practice of making a custodial arrest (handcuffs and ride in a squad car) for offenses that…

Unions Alarmingly Misrepresent SB 815

Randy Petersen | May 23, 2019
When the legislature creates a criminal statute that is punishable by a fine alone, meaning that incarceration is not a potential consequence even if the offender is found guilty…

Why is it so Hard to Reform Criminal Justice?

Randy Petersen | May 10, 2019
Policing is a core function of government, one of its few necessary functions, but is also the most intrusive institution in all of government. A deliberate restraint on government’s…

Who Holds the Reins on Federal Law Enforcement?

Randy Petersen | February 27, 2019
Without much fanfare, the Government Accounting Office released information on Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEOs) within the government to “Congressional Requestors” on December 18thof 2018.  It did not receive much attention,…

A Tale of Two Suspects

Randy Petersen | February 21, 2019
An alleged hate crime involving an attack on Jussie Smollett quickly spiraled into charges against the complainant himself as Chicago Police uncovered evidence that his story was untrue.  Filing a false…

The Police Union

Randy Petersen | January 31, 2019
The police are an integral part of our communities, representing what many consider to be one of few legitimate roles of government: protecting rights and ensuring liberty through the…

Let’s Reconsider Traffic Enforcement

Randy Petersen | January 17, 2019
Traffic enforcement is a hoax.  There, I said it.  Well, maybe it is not a hoax—we do actually do it after all—but it is not what it appears to be.  It is a…

No Need to Wait, Law Enforcement Already Supports First Step Act

Randy Petersen | December 7, 2018
The First Step Act is coming up against the clock.  For everyone observing its evolution into the largest criminal justice reform package in a generation and its growing bipartisan…

“Just Do Your Job” Means Something Different for Police Officers

Randy Petersen | November 9, 2018
Sergeant Ron Helus arrived at the scene of an active shooter in Thousand Oaks, California within three minutes of receiving calls for help and did what he was trained…

In upholding the law, policy is more important than discretion

Randy Petersen | August 16, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in Daily Caller August 16, 2018. When a Michigan police officer arrested an 80-year-old woman for possession of marijuana with an expired…

Not everyone gets to be a police officer

Randy Petersen | May 16, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman May 16th, 2018. There were some startling accusations about the Austin Police Academy in a recent article. The…
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