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Beretta Px4 Storm Pistol  

August 1, 2005

By Mike Detty

One of the biggest equipment challenges faced by police agencies is finding a handgun that will accommodate all of their officers and conform to agency firearms policies. Beretta believes it has such a weapon in its soon to be released Px4 Storm duty pistol.

Blackwater Gear Combat Fixed Blade Knife  

August 1, 2005

By Scott Smith

With the intense competition in the tactical/law enforcement industry, it’s rare to see major players collaborate to bring a product to market. But this past year Uncle Mike’s, Blackwater USA, and other major players in the law enforcement industry joined forces to bring Blackwater Gear to the market. One part of this gear line is knives. To help develop this segment of Blackwater Gear, Uncle Mike’s joined forces with Benchmade Knives.

Principal Decision Systems International TeleStaff Personnel Management Software  

August 1, 2005

By Bob Davis

Those of you who have done scheduling for a law enforcement agency know it’s a thankless job and one that opens you up to plenty of criticism. Scheduling is a labor-intensive juggling act and the results rarely please few if any employees.

Searching Third-Party Residences  

August 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

Most officers are aware of the general rule on entering a suspect's home to arrest him or to search for evidence. These actions must be supported by either valid consent or a recognized exigency.

Tucson (Ariz.) PD's SWAT Team  

August 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

Sgt. Robert Allen, weighed down in 50 pounds of tactical ballistic assault gear, has a reporter in his office, a lieutenant standing in the doorway, a ringing cell phone in one hand, and a three-wire mic at his left ear, listening to the Tucson Police Department SWAT team prepare for deployment.

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.

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