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Street Survivors  

February 1, 2004

While it’s outstanding to survive a crash, it’s even better to avoid one in the first place, and that’s where good training and situational awareness feature heavily. But carmakers and their design teams play a role in officer safety as well. Let’s take a look at what the Big 3 American police car manufacturers are doing to make their cars safer for the nation’s law enforcement personnel.

How to Organize Your Patrol Car  

February 1, 2004

It’s your home. For eight hours a day, your patrol car is your home and office. But is it also the local junkyard? It doesn’t need to be. Today there are a number of ways to keep your mobile office organized.

The fast target acquisition provided by tritium night sights can give you the edge in a gunfight.

Visual Aids  

February 1, 2004

Believe it or not, many cops are walking around with the decaying remnants of America's nuclear arsenal strapped to their hips.

When the Lights Went Out  

February 1, 2004

By most accounts, the great Northeast blackout of 2003 turned out to be a successful training exercise in post-9/11 emergency procedures for local police departments.

Police Combative Academy principles Louis Marquez, left, and Hans Marrero, right, demonstrate an open-hand technique designed to knock a knife out of a suspect’s hand.

The School of Hard Knocks  

February 1, 2004

The introduction comes in the form of a three-minute round of body sparring in a 6X6-foot ring against the trainers, all noted martial artists and police DT instructors in their own right. Both the students and the instructors wear 16-ounce boxing gloves and headgear, but they still get hit and it still hurts.

The Shrike and the Nomad are the latest hard-use knives from Al Mar

A Pointed Preview  

February 1, 2004

In order to get a glimpse behind the curtain ahead of the show, Police made some calls and received a sneak preview of the latest duty blades from Al Mar, Benchmade, Buck, Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT), Kershaw, Masters of Defense (MOD), SOG Knives, and Spyderco.

Photo via Runs With Scissors (Flickr.com).

Use of Force on Prisoners  

January 3, 2004

Documentation and self-control are the keys to protecting yourself against charges of unreasonable force on persons in custody.

The Paper Chase  

January 1, 2004

Innovative educational programs are making it more practical for cops to pursue degrees.

"To Live and Die in L.A."  

January 1, 2004

If you want a great and gritty thriller, check out this often overlooked gem.

Mental Illness Can Kill...You  

January 1, 2004

Confrontations with emotionally disturbed subjects put officers’ lives at risk.

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