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

Police Product Test: Fechheimer-Vertx ColdBlack Polo and Phantom LT Pants  

October 24, 2013

Vertx's mission is to produce "functionally advanced clothing for the operational athlete." For this review Vertx sent me a few pairs of Phantom LT pants and one ColdBlack polo shirt.

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

Guide to Online Criminal Justice Programs  

October 23, 2013

View our comprehensive guide to 24 educational providers in the law enforcement realm.

<p>Photo courtsey of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009  

October 18, 2013

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

<p>Photo courtesy of Zuma Press.</p>

Beware the Lone Wolf  

October 17, 2013

Lone wolves operate on the fringes of extremist movements, with such loose associations being encouraged by terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, and that makes them harder to detect.

<p>Photo courtesy of the Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office.</p>

Quicker Response to Active Shooters  

October 16, 2013

Despite its traditional mission, I always thought our motor unit could assume a more tactical posture and play less of a support role, especially when responding to school shootings. Since motors are such a specialized unit, it is easier to pull them off of their primary missions and redirect them whenever necessary.

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

Will On-Body Kill In-Car Video?  

October 16, 2013

Law enforcement agencies have been using in-car video cameras for a little more than two decades. The devices have defended officers against nuisance claims of abusive or even brutal behavior. But now some agencies are beginning to ask if in-car video systems have been made obsolete by officer-worn systems.

<p>Illustration by Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Make Your Own Luck  

October 11, 2013

I know a lot of crime fighters who begin to wax philosophical after their fifth beer and one of the common axioms I hear is: "I would rather be lucky than good."

<p>Photo courtesy of Robert Parker.</p>

Heckler & Koch HK45 Compact Tactical  

October 10, 2013

You can tell very quickly when you open the box that the HK45CT is more than just an update of the combat proven HK USP Compact. Ergonomically, this is a 21st-century pistol all the way, but it offers the reliability and toughness of a classic HK.

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

The Detroit Blues  

October 10, 2013

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/vastateparksstaff/7211234600/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Vastateparksstaff</a>/Flickr.</p>

Drawing First Blood  

October 9, 2013

Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.

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