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<p>Photo: First Tactical</p>

Police Product Test: First Tactical Tactix BDU Pants and Shirt and 8" Boot  

April 8, 2016

By A.J. George

Aside from the obvious quality and design, the thing that stood out most to me about the Tactix BDUs was their fit. The boots were surprisingly light and comfortable.

You Have the Right to Remain Vocal  

April 8, 2016

By Jon Adler

When the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they didn't exclude law enforcement officers from the right to free speech. So we do not have to remain silent while the fringe voices a cacophony of anti-police rhetoric.

<p>Photo: Carla Blazek</p>

Can We Minimize K-9 Deaths?  

April 8, 2016

By Melanie Basich

In 2015, 27 police dogs were killed on duty, compared to an average of 10 dogs killed each year 15 years ago. This year, eight police K-9s were killed in January alone.

<p>Last year the Las Vegas Metro PD motorcycle unit rode 1.7 million miles and experienced only four accidents that were caused by something the officer did or didn&#39;t do. Photo: Las Vegas Police Department.</p>

Protecting and Serving on Two Wheels  

April 8, 2016

By David Griffith

It would be hard to come up with an area of the country that presents more of a difficult year-round operating environment for motorcycle officers than Las Vegas. Traffic throughout the area is bad and on the Strip and downtown it sometimes doesn't move at all. Tourists are in town to have a good time, which often means more than a few intoxicating beverages and that means drunk driving.

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

How To Motivate Law Enforcement Officers  

April 7, 2016

By James A. Jancewicz

With the challenges facing our country, highly motivated law enforcement officers and respected law enforcement agencies are needed now more than ever in our communities. Motivated officers with strong ethics are the most important elements in the long-term success of a law enforcement agency. 

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

Community Caretaking Searches  

April 7, 2016

By Ron Martinelli

Few of the safeguards granted to individuals in the United States under the Bill of Rights are more vociferously defended than the Fourth Amendment guaranteeing protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This is especially the case where the entry of private residences is concerned.

<p><em>All court personnel can be vulnerable to attack both in and outside the courtroom, which is why New Jersey has implemented its security program. Photo: iStockphoto.com</em></p>

Enhancing Judicial Security  

April 7, 2016

By Paul Safier

A proprietary, Web-based database known as SAMS (Suspicious Activity Monitoring System) is another integral part of the program. SAMS has been created to collect and house suspicious activity, reportable incidents, and other notable events. 

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser and Dallas Schlosser</p>

Gaining Compliance with Targeted Pressure  

April 7, 2016

By Michael Schlosser and Dallas Schlosser

There are pressure-sensitive areas on the body that can cause pain and/or become distractors when triggered, and thus can be used when attempting to arrest an active resister or aggressive assailant.

<p>Kustom Signals&#39; Vantage body-worn camera can upload files wirelessly to the company&#39;s Eyewitness in-car system so that officers don&#39;t have to turn in their cameras at the end of their shifts. Photo: Kustom Signal</p>

Body-Worn Cams: Making Sure You Get the Video  

April 7, 2016

By David Griffith

Many of the most innovative features on the current generation of law enforcement body-worn camera systems are all about ensuring the evidence is captured as accurately as possible, that it can be integrated with other video capture systems, and it can be redacted.

<p>K-9 handlers at Spokane PD usually train multiple dogs during their tenure, building a wealth of experience as a unit over time.&nbsp;Photo: Carla Blazek.</p>

Taking the Lead  

April 7, 2016

By Melanie Basich

The Spokane (WA) Police Department's nearly 290 officers patrol the City of Spokane's 76 square miles. The agency's K-9 unit provides support to department officers as well as other regional law enforcement agencies through searching buildings and vehicles, apprehending suspects, tracking fleeing suspects, and protecting officers.

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