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

How To Write Better Police Reports  

July 18, 2013

In those cases where force is used—and we are most likely to be sued—we seem to be ashamed to tell the truth and admit that we hit, punched, kicked, bit, scratched, and otherwise got nasty with some miscreant.

<p>Photo courtesy of Cyalume.</p>

Cyalume's VisiPad Chemical Marker  

July 17, 2013

From its name, the VisiPad sounds like it might be an accessory for Apple's ubiquitous iPad tablet computer, but it's actually a chemical illumination marker. Like a lightstick, the VisiPad is a chemically activated illumination tool.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012  

July 16, 2013

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

Raise Your Honor High  

July 11, 2013

Ah, but the healing is a wonderful thing to see. Daily, each of you earn more and more and more honor for us all. Your courage, your actions, your compassion, is an hourly ratcheting up of our honor.

<p>Photo by Traci Dean.</p>

Closing the Gap  

July 10, 2013

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.

<p>Photo by Alex Landeen</p>

Israel Weapon Industries SAR-21 Rifle  

July 9, 2013

In addition to its service with the Israel Defense Forces, the Tavor has been adopted by military units and law enforcement agencies in many different countries. Select fire and semi-auto versions of the Tavor are available for a variety of applications.

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

On-Body Video: Eye Witness or Big Brother?  

July 8, 2013

The era of on-officer video has arrived. The technology is poised to help keep officers safer and more accountable on the job, while protecting law enforcement agencies from nuisance lawsuits.

<p>TASER Axon Flex image courtesy of TASER International.</p>

On-Body Video: The Future of Policing Arrives  

July 8, 2013

The rules of the game may be changing. Forward-looking agencies embrace new technology at about the same time as the rest of society. That seems to be the case with on-body video systems.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

What to Look for When Buying a Holster  

July 3, 2013

There are two requirements for every holster. Number one, a holster needs to keep a pistol secure when it is not needed. Number two, a holster has to let the wearer get to his or her weapon fast when it is needed.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.</p>

When Miranda Doesn't Matter  

July 2, 2013

Miranda warnings should not be given when they aren't legally necessary such as when information is urgently needed to protect the safety of officers or the public, or to rescue a victim.

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