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<p>Remember to make use of all resources available to you for an investigation, whatever the type of case. Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office Forensics</p>

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives  

December 23, 2013

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

Turn In Your Guns  

December 23, 2013

When the federal government shut down on Oct. 1, HUD-OIG opted to make special agents' non-pay status worse by snatching their guns away. This left approximately 300 special agents both unarmed and unpaid.

<p>Then-governor Christine Gregoire presented the Washington Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to Deputy Krista McDonald of the Kitsap County (Wash.) Sheriff&#39;s Office. Photo courtesy of Kitsap County SO.</p>

Shots Fired: Kitsap County, Washington 01/23/2011  

December 12, 2013

If as it's said there's no rest for the wicked, then it follows that the Sabbath day offers no respite for law enforcement. Certainly, the third Sunday of January 2011 adhered to that truth as three Kitsap County, Wash., Sheriff's deputies could attest.

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

Visual Enhancement and the Fourth Amendment  

December 6, 2013

What if an object only comes into plain view after an officer shines a flashlight or spotlight into an area, or looks through binoculars? Does this use of sense-enhancing devices make a difference in the Fourth Amendment calculation of reasonableness?

<p>Photo courtesy of DutySmith</p>

Fast Draw for the Law  

December 6, 2013

Developed in partnership with veteran trainer Officer Robert Hindi of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, all DutySmith StreetForce holders are designed for officer safety.

To Serve and Protect  

December 2, 2013

I don’t know for sure what drove Libke to volunteer as a reserve officer. But I bet it was a desire to serve his community.

<p>Photo courtesy of Streamlight</p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight TLR-2G Weapon-mounted Light  

November 26, 2013

For duty use the TLR-2G is hard to beat. It will fit most modern service weapons and there are a variety of duty holsters designed to fit around it.

<p>Photo: A.J. George</p>

Police Product Test: Keen Detroit Soft-toe 8" Boots  

November 26, 2013

If you're looking for a great hiking boot disguised as a smart-looking duty boot, the Keen Detroits are a great choice.

<p>Photo of Sgt. Steven Means courtesy of the Early (Texas) Police Department</p>

Shots Fired: Brown County, Texas 07/29/2012  

November 26, 2013

Right smack in the middle of the kill zone, Sgt. Means figured tactical withdrawal was not an option—the shooter could nail him before he had a chance to get very far.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Guilt, Shame, and the Crimefighter  

November 25, 2013

I can’t have you hesitating in an armed confrontation because of some deep-seated guilt that makes you believe you deserve to lose or should be punished.

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