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United States Mint Police  

December 1, 2006

By Bryn Bailer

Most Americans are familiar with the duties of mounted U.S. Park police, overworked Border Patrol agents, dark-suited Secret Service agents, and anti-terrorist Federal Air Marshals. But the Mint Police, not so much.

You Are What You Sleep  

December 1, 2006

By Dave Smith

I will never forget the first time I heard myself snore. Yeah, I snore pretty good; just ask one of my ex’s or one of my sergeants. But I actually was so tired once my own snoring woke me up! I was working on the Coconino Hotshots fighting a forest fire near Prescott, Ariz., when our squad leader called a break. I just sat where I was on the line and, the next thing I knew, loud snoring awoke me. I looked around and I was the only one within earshot…weird.

Love the One You're With  

December 1, 2006

By Nick Jacobellis

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to you as a law enforcement officer is being forced to carry a handgun that you dislike. So what can you do if your issued sidearm doesn’t fit you or you just don’t like it?

IACP 2006: Report from the Aisles  

December 1, 2006

By POLICE Staff

This year's IACP show had a major patrol theme: officer safety. From an airbag system for motor officers to armor panels for patrol vehicles, IACP 2006 was a showcase for new products that are designed to help you come home all in one piece at the end of your shift.

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Digital Cameras for Cops  

December 1, 2006

By David Spraggs

Just five years ago my department purchased a 6-megapixel digital SLR camera that cost more than $5,000, as well as several 3.3-megapixel point-and-shoot digital cameras that cost more than $1,000 each. Today, similar products would cost a fraction of what we spent.

Northern Lights  

November 1, 2006

By David Griffith

Two seconds is not a lot of time. But it can mean the world. Just ask Officer Michael Ferguson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two seconds was the difference between Ferguson resuming his 19-year career as a Mountie or going to prison for four years.

Back to the Basics  

November 1, 2006

By Mark G. Stainbrook

The implications of football in American life run deep. Football is analogous to many things: warfare, battle, teamwork, discipline, mental toughness, physical courage, strategy, tactics, and of course, leadership.

Training the Trainers  

November 1, 2006

By David Griffith

"Amateurs do it till they get it right. Professionals do it till they can't get it wrong." That's one of the mantras of Jeff Gonzalez, director of training for Trident Concepts.

How to Get Into SWAT Shape  

November 1, 2006

By Stew Smith

Training for any agency’s SWAT team is physically, mentally, and tactically challenging. Add in long and changing shift work hours, family obligations, and not enough time in the day, and your goal of joining a SWAT team appears even more difficult. The goal of this article is to assist those police officers currently on the force in achieving the fitness level of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers.

Taking on the Drug War  

November 1, 2006

By Shelly Feuer Domash

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared what he called a modern-day war on drugs, calling it "America's Public Enemy Number One." Since then, police departments all over the country have been fighting that war, without a foreseeable end.

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