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Lessons by the Decades

1970s: Serpico



Eric Dickinson | From the March 2012 Issue Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Editor’s note: There are some incidents, regardless of age, that are so critical to officer safety they should never be forgotten. “Lessons by the Decades” will periodically feature these tragic events that should be ingrained in the mind of every officer. The following event happened more than 40 years ago and the agency has taken dramatic steps to make needed changes. However, the lessons learned are still powerful and relevant today.

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Eric Dickinson

Eric Dickinson is a lieutenant with the Vinton (Iowa) Police Department, an Advanced EMT and an instructor in various topics related to use of force, officer survival and emergency medical tactics. He’s the author of the book, The Street Officer’s Guide to Emergency Medical Tactics, available at www.looseleaflaw.com. Contact him at edickinson49@hotmail.com.



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