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Special Report: Backup Gun Policies--Gun Control  

June 1, 2004

By David Griffith

It's not hard to make a strong case for backup guns. The basic contention of backup gun proponents is that old saw that goes: If you absolutely have to have one of something to ensure your survival, then you better have two.

Present the least vulnerable target. If you are under fire, you find cover. The same principle applies here. If you are physically attacked, you move, you angle, you put something between you and the attack (in this case, most likely your arms).

Surviving Knife Attacks  

June 1, 2004

By Ernest Emerson

As a police officer you often find yourself in a position where knife attacks are most likely to occur: within arm’s reach of an unknown individual with unknown intent. It’s a worst-case scenario, but it can happen at any time. Click here to view these knife techniques in streaming video.

Ammunition: Bang for the Buck  

June 1, 2004

By Dave Douglas

One thing I, for one, never gave much thought to is the ammunition we are most likely issued by our respective departments. There are so many different brands, calibers, and performance characteristics to consider that it’s mind boggling.

How to Police the Homeless  

June 1, 2004

By Charles Gary

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies across the country are many times handcuffed by the complexities of dealing with a transient—and often mentally ill—population. Fortunately, new ideas—as well as a few reliable old ones—are available to help.

Your Leadership Toolbox  

May 1, 2004

By Mark G. Stainbrook

As a student of leadership, throughout your police career you will be expanding on your education, training, and experience, and building a "leadership toolbox."

Choosing the Right Bike  

May 1, 2004

By Mark Kariya

As the years have provided more experience to make better decisions regarding bike purchases, the Los Angeles Police Department has found what works best for its agency.

We Have Work to Do  

May 1, 2004

By James J. Fotis

If you want the federal “cop carry” bill to be law, then make your voices heard.

All Keyed Up  

May 1, 2004

By Dean Scoville

The advent of portable police radios severed the umbilical cord that tied a cop to his or her car. Portable police radios have since assisted officers with timely broadcasts of suspect information, expedited requests for fire and rescue, and saved lives.

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

By Roy Huntington

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

By Scott Smith

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.

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