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All Wrapped Up  

August 1, 2005

By Commander Gilmore

A hapless crook sorta brought his own handcuffs—and manacles, ankle-irons, and hood, though he didn’t mean to. Officers responding to a report of a home-invasion robbery in Georgetown, Guyana, arrived looking for two scumbag suspects. But all they saw was a merry mob of neighborhood residents dancing around a utility pole.

Counter-Terrorism 101  

August 1, 2005

By Howard Linett

My northern Jerusalem neighborhood, and the area within a few minutes drive from my home, has been the site of more than 20 terrorist attacks. So I feel like I have earned a Ph.D. in attack tactics and techniques from Terrorist University. What I have learned I now share with you, the American law enforcement officer.

SWAT Snipers  

August 1, 2005

By David Griffith

For as long as most active SWAT operators have been police officers, there has been one gospel truth about SWAT sniper operations: the 70-Yard Rule. Ask any SWAT sniper what is the average range of a police sniper shooting, and he will answer, “About 70 yards.” Ask him the source of his data, and he will say, “FBI statistics.”

Portable Cover  

August 1, 2005

By Frank Leiter

In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer took a .22-caliber rifle, pointed it at children and teachers on the playground of Cleveland Elementary School in San Carlos, Calif., and opened fire. She killed two people and wounded nine, then held off police for more than six hours. During that siege, a reporter conducting a phone interview asked her the motivation for the shooting. She replied, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

A Solid Foundation  

August 1, 2005

By Bob Galvin

Whatever the nature of a tactical callout, one thing is sure—you’ll be on your feet and they need to perform. After all, your feet are as much a “tool” as the rest of your equipment. If you have taken as much care with the selection of your boots as you have with the rest of your gear, you should be able to get through any callout in good condition.

How to Start a Crisis Negotiation Team  

August 1, 2005

By David J. Terestre

When on scene, most tactical teams contain more testosterone than a crowd at a British soccer match. But there is one balancing element that keeps it all in perspective. The crisis negotiation team steps up to play a vital role in this very real life-or-death game of wits.

Heat Seekers: Thermal Imaging  

August 1, 2005

By Melanie Basich

The technology known as thermal imaging senses heat using infrared—a part of the light spectrum the unaided human eye cannot see—and displays it on a screen as images in varying shades of gray.

Sudden In-Custody Death  

August 1, 2005

By Dr. Jeffrey Ho

It’s a 20-degree night in a major American city, freezing rain is spitting out of a black sky, and the wind chill factor is well below zero. Local police respond to a call for assistance from the manager of a fast-food restaurant. A young man is running around the restaurant’s parking lot naked, screaming nonsensical gibberish at the top of his lungs, and scaring the customers.

A Collision Course on Traffic Investigations  

August 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Like any other common task, accident investigations can become a bit routine for most patrol officers. Important details can be inadvertently missed as we try to finish up to get to the next call.

Counter-Terrorism 101: Ambush and Abduction  

August 1, 2005

By David Griffith

Although they don't receive nearly as much press as bombings, vehicular ambushes are quite common in Israel.

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