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Shots Fired: Carbondale, Illinois 01/29/2007  

June 14, 2013

When Officer John Doogan and his partner arrived at the cottage house on Beveridge Street, all they knew was that it was a domestic call and that such calls took all shapes and forms. Neither officer knew just how out of control things had gotten before their arrival and how bad things were about to get.

<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Rethinking SWAT Training  

June 13, 2013

What SWAT fitness experts are discovering is that some of this wear and tear and incapacitation can be avoided with "smart" training instead of "hard" training. Smart training is real-world oriented and job applicable. It's not just training for the sake of training.

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

Cops and Psychology  

June 12, 2013

Cops should be most concerned about flaws in studies involving PTSD. Post-traumatic stress wasn't even recognized as a disorder until 1980, and then suddenly it was everywhere, caused by everything and happening to everyone.

<p>Photo courtesy of Joe Young.</p>

Va. Officer Saves Family from Armed Jealous Ex-Boyfriend  

June 7, 2013

Officer Joe Young protected a family from a man recently released from jail who threatened his ex-girlfriend because she had a new boyfriend. Young was forced to shoot the man, who took his own life.

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Forced Blood From Impaired Drivers  

June 7, 2013

The Supreme Court has made it more difficult for law enforcement officers to obtain the most probative evidence of impaired driving—a measure of the alcohol concentration in a sample of the suspect's blood.

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/28402283@N07/3200436641/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Chuck Coker</a>/Flickr.</p>

Fourth Amendment Blues  

June 5, 2013

Essentially, because of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. And the public has no sympathy whatsoever for your precarious position.

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

Customizing Your AR Rifle  

May 29, 2013

ARs are almost endlessly customizable to suit the needs of the operator. From barrel length to stocks, grips, rails, and optics, the foundation of the AR-15 can be adapted to everything from close-quarters operation work to long-range precision applications.

<p>Photo by Amaury Murgado.</p>

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol  

May 29, 2013

I have created a list of items that I've found useful over the years. I recommend you use it to start or perhaps update your own list. Then make sure you carry everything you've decided you need in your squad.

Police Product Test: Rocky S2V Vented Military Duty Boots  

May 28, 2013

The S2V is an 8.5-inch leather and 1,000-denier Cordura nylon boot with a proprietary Vibram sole that is made in the USA. Rocky's Dri-Lex material and Lycra spandex line the boot, which allows for a snug fit while wicking moisture away from your skin.

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

Police Product Test: Blade-Tech Looper Gun Belt  

May 28, 2013

The Blade-Tech Reinforced Looper Series gun belt is clearly aimed at fitting the needs of the plainclothes police officer. Yes, it has the same Kydex used in holsters and it serves the same purpose; it makes the belt rigid.

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