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<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Wearing Armor  

June 25, 2015

By Dave Smith

Next to training and modern medicine, the single most important factor in the increased survivability of today's police officer is this modern version of the chainmail worn into combat for centuries by warriors. Back then no clear-thinking fighter would have been caught dead without his mail under his tunic, so what is our excuse?

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Hostage Held in Barricaded House  

June 18, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The victim advises she has been held captive along with her roommate (who is still at the residence) for a week. She tells you she was let out only to buy groceries. She is terrified. You have about 20 minutes before the suspect starts wondering where she is.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Digital Video: Working Under the Microscope  

June 18, 2015

By Greg Meyer

When the public sees a news video that apparently shows an officer committing excessive force, the incessant media-driven quest for "Justice! Now!" puts false hope in the minds of many that there will be quick and easy answers for complex events.

Unlawfully Prolonged Traffic Stop  

June 18, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

Is it OK under the Fourth Amendment to turn a traffic stop into a criminal investigation? Of course it is, provided the justification for the additional investigation is developed during the reasonable duration of the traffic stop—not after.

<p>Photo: Team Wendy</p>

Police Product Test: Team Wendy Exfil SAR Tactical Helmet  

May 31, 2015

By A.J. George

Team Wendy's new Exfil Search and Rescue, or "SAR," tactical helmet is designed specifically for those in the technical rescue field; firefighters, medics, mountaineers, and other lifesavers who answer the call when man and nature collide.

<p><strong><a href=&quot;http://www.baycoproducts.com/&quot;>Nightstick NSR-9744XL</a></strong> (Photo: Bayco)</p>

Police Product Test: Nightstick NSR-9744XL and TAC-560XL Flashlights  

May 31, 2015

By A.J. George

Nightstick's NSR-9744XL wasn't as hefty as other full-size flashlights but it was just as handy and every bit as bright. On its highest setting the TAC-560XL blasts 800 lumens over 205 meters. That kind of power out of a light this small is rare.

<p>Photo: Michael T. Rayburn</p>

Moving While Shooting  

May 31, 2015

By Michael T. Rayburn

There are a number of benefits to shooting while moving. First, a moving target is a much harder target to hit than one that is stationary. Secondly, it lessens that action-versus-reaction gap

A Really Bad Month  

May 30, 2015

By David Griffith

T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" begins with the words "April is the cruelest month…" I can't think of a more appropriate summation of what April 2015 was like for American law enforcement; it was an exceptionally "cruel" month.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Reviewing Reports  

May 30, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The success or failure of any law enforcement agency revolves around the quality of its paperwork. As a supervisor you must set high standards early on to ensure success. Everything you approve will have your name on it, and thus your subordinates' reports become yours.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Positive Negativism  

May 24, 2015

By Dave Smith

Optimism is a sense of control in your life, the belief that you can control your destiny and your emotions, and that if you continue to strive you can create positive outcomes.

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