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The author’s background as an officer in the field, a manufacturer, dealer, department purchaser, and writer, gives him a unique perspective on the problems encountered by agencies looking at new equipment.

Don't Believe the Hype  

May 1, 2004

Lest we all get too caught up in a case of the "gotta-have-its," we elected to take a quick look at the need for change, and how it must be balanced with an agency's budget, real-world threats, and ability to train its officers.

Lone Wolf Knives Val-Matic  

May 1, 2004

The knife that really caught my eye was the Butch Vallotton-designed Val-Matic. What sets it apart from other knives is its double-action opening.

Tags: Knives

IQ Biometrix FACES 4.0  

May 1, 2004

If you are looking for the best software for creating composite pictures of suspects, check out IQ Biometrix's FACES 4.0.

Tags: Software

Hearsay and Confrontation  

May 1, 2004

Hearsay rules confound police, lawyers, and judges alike. "Hearsay" is a statement made outside the courtroom that might be true or false, repeated in court to prove that it was true.

A Very Bad Choice  

May 1, 2004

Perhaps these dummies had their eyes on one of the stolen cars we'd recovered parked in front of the precinct and figured they'd change the plates and drive off. Then again, these guys weren't deep thinkers and I'd probably be giving them too much credit for thinking that far ahead.

TREXPO West: Class Act  

May 1, 2004

Anyone who wanted a reminder of the deadly serious reason why TREXPO exists needed to look no further than the hallway outside the conference's seminar area.

TREXPO West: Report from the Show Floor  

May 1, 2004

Twice each year, the Tactical Response Expo (TREXPO), in its East and West Coast versions, offers a showcase for the latest in equipment and services for tactical police operations.

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit  

May 1, 2004

Today, more and more departments all over the world are adding bicycles to their arsenal of tools. Like any new tool or method, of course, barriers must be torn down. In the case of bicycles, the old attitude is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting a bike patrol unit.

Three officers test patrol boots from five manufacturers and share their opinions.

Trial Run: Duty Boots  

May 1, 2004

POLICE magazine asked three police officers from the Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department to wear five pairs of patrol boots for one shift each and tell us what they thought. Officers Dave Atwater, Denise Brenner, and Corey King gave their ratings to their test boots.

Strategic Modeling  

May 1, 2004

L.A. County's Terrorism Early Warning group was the brainchild of two L.A. Sheriff's Department officers who saw a threat in the rhetoric of a then little-known Islamist radical named Bin Laden. It was August 1996 and Osama had just issued his first fatwa, urging his followers to conduct global terrorist attacks against the United States and its citizens.

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