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Reasonable Suspicion  

September 2, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

In some cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that particular searches and seizures need only "reasonable suspicion" to be constitutional—not the higher justification level of probable cause. What's the difference, and when is reasonable suspicion sufficient?

<p>Trek Stealth Pack (Photo: Tru-Spec)</p>

Police Product Test: Tru-Spec Tactical Backpacks  

August 31, 2015

By A.J. George

Tru-Spec has added a few new packs for the everyday carry (EDC) market to its 2015 product lineup. The new additions, dubbed the Stealth and Trek Sling packs, are capable of managing a lot of gear in an optimally sized package.

<p>Photo: Blauer</p>

Police Product Test: Blauer ArmorSkin TacVest  

August 31, 2015

By A.J. George

Blauer's popular ArmorSkin outer vest recently got a tactical makeover. The new ArmorSkin TacVest takes the affordability and comfort of the original uniform-styled ArmorSkin and adds the tactical versatility of MOLLE webbing and reinforced shoulder pads.

<p>Photo: Carla Blazek, Tumbled Bones Photography</p>

Don't Reach for the Keys  

August 31, 2015

By William Harvey

Reaching into a vehicle and taking the keys to prevent a suspect from driving off is a tactical error that has sent many an officer for medical treatment.

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Rappelling: Stopping the Fall  

August 24, 2015

By Christopher Feder

Rappelling is an important skill for law enforcement tactical teams, but improper training can lead to fatalities. 

<p><em>The LSL program stresses the complications found in close quarters, forcing officers to see, understand, and react faster. (Photo: Khyber Interactive Associates LLC)<br /></em></p>

Lights, Sights, and Lasers  

August 24, 2015

By Melanie Basich

The "Lights, Sights, and Lasers" training course is completely free to law enforcement officers and it provides always evolving training that is otherwise often hard to come by. 

<p><em>Using cloud storage, agencies of all sizes can give their officers the ability to view records and save accurate data in the field on a variety of mobile devices. (Photo: Spillman Technologies)<br /></em></p>

Why Take Public Safety Data into the Cloud?  

August 24, 2015

By Morgan Hardy

Cloud technology is a force to be reckoned with in the field of public safety and can provide secure, cost-effective solutions to meet the technological needs of law enforcement. 

<p><em>It&#39;s best to draw the TASER with your non-dominant hand, even if you transition to your strong hand after the draw. (Photo: Carla Blazek, Tumbled Bones Photography)<br /></em></p>

Improving ECW Tactics and Policies  

August 21, 2015

By Greg Meyer

A TASER is an effective tool when the situation calls for a non-lethal approach, but to properly use it, you need to do more than just pull the trigger.

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Hotel/Motel Registry Checks  

August 21, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

A supreme court decision might have the adverse effect of making it easier for motels conspiring with criminals to thwart police investigations. 

<p><em>K-9s are only trained to recognize certain explosives and might miss some. Understand that even after a clean sweep you can&#39;t say with absolute certainty that there are no explosives on a campus. (Photo: iStockphoto.com)<br /></em></p>

Bomb Threat at a Middle School  

August 21, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

It's 13:30 on a Tuesday and dispatch advises you that someone called the local middle school saying he planted a bomb and it is set to go off at 14:30, just as school lets out. The school is waiting for law enforcement's response. 

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