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Heat Seekers: Thermal Imaging  

August 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

The technology known as thermal imaging senses heat using infrared—a part of the light spectrum the unaided human eye cannot see—and displays it on a screen as images in varying shades of gray.

Sudden In-Custody Death  

August 1, 2005

By Dr. Jeffrey Ho

It’s a 20-degree night in a major American city, freezing rain is spitting out of a black sky, and the wind chill factor is well below zero. Local police respond to a call for assistance from the manager of a fast-food restaurant. A young man is running around the restaurant’s parking lot naked, screaming nonsensical gibberish at the top of his lungs, and scaring the customers.

A Collision Course on Traffic Investigations  

August 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Like any other common task, accident investigations can become a bit routine for most patrol officers. Important details can be inadvertently missed as we try to finish up to get to the next call.

Counter-Terrorism 101: Ambush and Abduction  

August 1, 2005

By David Griffith

Although they don't receive nearly as much press as bombings, vehicular ambushes are quite common in Israel.

Leadership Q and A  

August 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

Sgt. Mark Stainbrook was recently interviewed by a fellow officer. Here he shares his answers to questions about leadership.

Digging Deeper  

July 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

There is a saying in law enforcement, "We deal with 10 percent of the population 90 percent of the time." And whoever said it first had to be a patrol officer.

Leading in Times of Doubt  

July 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"It is hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse." - Adlai Stevenson

Short Bursts  

July 1, 2005

By David Griffith

To be honest, I've never liked writing a hodge-podge of an editorial note. It's kind of a cheat. But I have a lot of things to talk about this month and, since this is my only platform to do it, I'm going to machine-gun some stuff at you.

Shots Fired: Sauk Rapids, Minnesota 01/09/1985  

July 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

When Derek Brinkman was born in January 1985, his father, Doug Brinkman, couldn’t believe his good fortune. He passed out cigars and received many slaps on the back.

Combating Conditioned Hesitation  

July 1, 2005

By Michael Andrew Lord VanBlaricum

There are many factors that can lead to an officer hesitating in the kill zone. Any hesitation in a crisis situation can potentially cost an officer his or her life. Factors contributing to this problem include but are not limited to training, the officer’s level of physical fitness, the officer’s mindset and attitudes, suspect/subject factors, and fear.

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