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LE Planes: Flying High Cover  

August 26, 2014

Planes are the unsung heroes of law enforcement air support units. While helicopters get all the glory, fixed-wing aircraft quietly fly in the background on operations, including surveillance and search and rescue.

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Militarization or Officer Safety Precautions?  

August 26, 2014

Seizing upon the naive theme that law enforcement has become over militarized, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) recently introduced a bill titled "The Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act" (H.R. 4934) that would disarm most Inspector General (IG) criminal investigators. His bill would revoke most IG agents' law enforcement authority and take away their authority to carry firearms and to make arrests.

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

Combined Response to Active Shooters  

August 22, 2014

The final element of an active threat incident is the response. This encompasses the police response to end the attack, Fire/EMS response to aid and evacuate the victims, and even law enforcement containment response to seal off the scene and preserve evidence.

<p>Crisp uniforms and clean vehicles help to make you look professional, which is important to every supervisor. Photo: Dave Richmond</p>

What Your Supervisor Wants You to Know  

August 18, 2014

If you're not sure what your supervisor expects of you, here are some universal truths that should help you make sure you pass muster, no matter how long you've been on the job.

Caught in the Middle of Public Rage Against the Government  

August 14, 2014

Federal officers are not alone in drawing the ire of anti-government types. There's a lot of rage nationwide against all forms of authority...including you.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>
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Improving Police Mental Health Response  

August 14, 2014

While mass shootings are most prominent in the nation's mind, mental illness is often part of the common calls officers face, including domestics, substance abuse, emotional distress, armed persons, and suicide by cop.

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

Cyber Security: Locking Down the Databases  

August 8, 2014

Computer security is one of the primary concerns for many of the nation's companies and government agencies. Billions of dollars is spent each year on preventing external threats from entering protected networks. But the sad truth is that most computer network breaches are caused by sloppy internal security policies and procedures.

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

Why You Should Double Check for Accuracy  

August 8, 2014

Although law enforcement officers are given considerable leeway for reasonable mistakes, you don't get much slack for unreasonable mistakes that result from hasty reactions to bad information that comes from your own official sources.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Act As If..You're the Best Possible Officer  

August 7, 2014

If Wiseman is right we don't all need to get certified as safety experts, we need to act certified. If every time you made a traffic stop you acted like you were demonstrating to a group of cadets the right way to do a stop, what would you do?

<p>Photo: FLIR</p>

Explosives Detection In Hand  

August 1, 2014

Thanks to improved technology, trace explosives detectors are now smaller and easier to use. These handheld devices are sized to fit in a cargo pocket and can detect the smallest amounts of explosive materials and the precursors used to make bombs.

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