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Taking a Toll  

November 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

The enormity of what law enforcement officers have been tasked with in the Gulf state areas devastated by this year’s one-two punch of hurricanes can be summed up in one word: overwhelming.

Married to Your Career  

November 1, 2005

By Kelly Kyrik

Law enforcement is not necessarily known as a family-friendly profession; long hours and late shifts combined with frequent on-call status can make it difficult to sustain long-term relationships. But when a husband and wife are in it together, when they’ve both chosen a career in law enforcement, communication, understanding, and support are almost a given. These spouses get it.

Taming the Paper Trail  

October 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Quiz time! What is the size of a two-dollar pad of paper but contains the entire value of your police career inside of it? Answer: Your city and department personnel files.

Standing Their Ground  

October 1, 2005

By David Griffith

Most of us—Thank God—will never experience anything as emotionally, physically, and spiritually shattering as Hurricane Katrina. Short of an atomic bomb detonation or a biological attack, Katrina is as bad as it gets.

Shots Fired: Valparaiso, Indiana 07/15/2002  

October 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

At the sight of the silver patrol car with the bumble bee stripe, the children came running. They came running not with the usual curiosity of kids asking for perfunctory activations of lights and siren, but to tell Officer Todd Kobitz of the Valparaiso (Ind.) Police Department about the man who had harassed them.

Getting the Point  

October 1, 2005

By Jim Gregg

Although I consider point shooting to be more natural than shooting with sights, there are definitely some tricks to it. I’ve been teaching people how to shoot this way for a long time and I’ve learned along the way that people “see” differently. Knowing how you see a target is the key to shooting accurately when point shooting.

Glock G38 and G39 Compact Pistols  

October 1, 2005

By Paul Scarlata

Today's police handgun market abounds with full-sized, medium-sized, and compact .45 ACP pistols. But until recently the designers of these weapons all labored under a seemingly insurmountable constraint: size.

5.11 Tactical H.R.T. Watch  

October 1, 2005

By Scott Smith

Not long ago the editor of this intrepid magazine approached me via e-mail and asked me to review the 5.11 Tactical H.R.T. Watch. I figured he had lost his mind; 5.11 Tactical makes clothing, boots, gear bags…but watches?

Public Safety Searches  

October 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

For at least 10 years, it has been clear that terrorists favor targeting transportation systems, high-density population venues, and symbolic structures.

Appleton (Wis.) Police Department  

October 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

The Appleton PD has received national attention for innovations in victim- and social-services-oriented sexual assault investigations, intercultural outreach to ensure services are fairly and effectively distributed to minority communities, and, most notably,  programs that address the real-life needs of its youngest residents.

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