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<p>Photo: Traci Dean</p>

Maximizing Striking Power  

December 23, 2013

Law enforcement combatives are about obtaining control, and knowing how to strike properly is a big part of that. This concept is brought home every time we see an ineffective officer struggling for control in a YouTube video or in a story on the local nightly news.

<p>Officer using L-3 in-vehicle systems, including FlashBack 3 video, a VOne mobile computer, and PatrolScout integrated video streaming and GPS locator. Photo courtesy of L-3.</p>

Improving In-Car Video  

December 23, 2013

Over the last two years of IACP shows, in-car video manufacturers have debuted a number of new products that have followed new trends in the mobile video market. Here’s a look at some of those products and trends.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Cops and Holiday DUIs  

December 23, 2013

One study reported that overall alcoholic intake may not be greater among police officers, but officers have higher incidences of binge drinking. Take a moment to consider that…and where you land, particularly as holiday festivities (and New Year's resolutions) approach.

<p>Photo: Paul Budde and Becky Leavitt</p>

SIG Sauer P227 Pistol  

December 23, 2013

If SIG was to capture a larger share of this market it needed to offer a high-capacity .45 pistol. And that's just what it did earlier this year when it released the P227.

<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.

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