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<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Death Benefits  

March 21, 2013

The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act was signed into law in 1976, and it codified a means for the families of fallen law enforcement officers to file claims with the Department of Justice for financial assistance.

<p>Photo courtesy of Palo Alto PD.</p>

Social Media Ridealongs  

March 20, 2013

Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.

<p>Photo courtesy of Tom Wetzel.</p>

Adding Alley Lights to Police Cruisers  

March 20, 2013

It's been my experience that the alley lights on police cruisers are among the most underutilized tools in law enforcement. That's a shame because proper use of alley lights can make you a more effective crime fighter.

<p>Officer Lawson&#39;s patrol car was hit numerous times; six rounds struck the officer. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma City Police Department.</p>

Shots Fired: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 08/29/2010  

March 14, 2013

Before Lawson had time to open her car door, the man turned and raised a rifle and began shooting. Lawson's mind kicked into a hyperkinetic drive, her synapses firing in rapid-fire succession of one another and keeping pace with the man's action on the trigger of the AR-15 he was wielding.

<p>Photo courtesy of Night Vision Depot.</p>

20 Things You Need to Know About Night Vision  

March 14, 2013

Night vision tools are less ubiquitous in law enforcement, but as prices fall, they are becoming more common. Yet many law enforcement officers are still confused about what night vision can and can't do and what they need to know before buying it.

<p>Photo courtesy of Altai Gear.</p>

Altai Gear's Tactical MF Boot  

March 12, 2013

The Altai Gear research and development team set to work creating a lightweight boot that took advantage of SuperFabric's high durability, breathability, stain resistance, and abrasion resistance to benefit law enforcement.

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

You Said What?  

March 12, 2013

One of the first things that becomes apparent when I review dash cam footage of incidents is how much vulgarity spurts out of our little brains under stress. It has long been said the last two words on the black box recorder from crashed aircraft are "Oh shit!"

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

Less-Lethal Weapon Options  

March 6, 2013

At present, less-lethal weapons are a fact of life. It's hard to find an agency that doesn't use at least one in one form or another. With technology advances being what they are, there are more options today than ever before. Let's look at some of the available technologies and how they make a difference.

<p>Photo courtesy of Nate Hutchinson.</p>

Utah Sergeant Takes Fire to Rescue Downed Team Members  

March 6, 2013

Sgt. Nate Hutchinson braved gunfire to move two injured team members out of harm's way. He suffered four gunshot wounds and endured a lengthy recovery to return to duty.

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

Unlawful Reaction to Unlawful Action  

March 5, 2013

Let's face it—law enforcement officers sometimes make detentions, arrests, entries, or searches that run afoul of one or more of the hundreds of judicial decisions differentiating "reasonable" and "unreasonable" searches and seizures.

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