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Shots Fired: Melbourne, Florida 01/11/2004  

December 1, 2005

By Dean Scoville

It was a damned cold night for central Florida. Officer Keith Cowart wasn’t getting any argument from Smokey Stapleter or Gary Markowski on that score. His fellow Melbourne, Fla., police officers had congregated with him for a windshield conference and coffee. Stapleter rubbed his arms to get his blood circulating.

Making Off-Duty Arrests  

December 1, 2005

By Gerald W. Garner

Because of the kind of people they are, peace officers have a hard time standing by, doing nothing in the face of danger to others. As a result, many times they intervene even though they are acting alone and without many of the advantages they enjoy while "on the clock."

Springfield Armory X-Treme Duty Semi-Auto Pistols  

December 1, 2005

By Scott Smith

Back in the late 1990s, a new polymer pistol called the HS 2000 hit the market. Made in Croatia by I.M. Metal, the HS 2000 suffered from poor marketing, a poor supply of holsters and accessories, and ultimately, poor sales.

Gerber Legendary Blades LMF II Fixed-Blade Knife  

December 1, 2005

By Scott Smith

If you ask me, it seems like Gerber Legendary Blades is really dialed in to the hard-use duty knife market. The company is obviously listening to the requests of real world cops, soldiers, and other operators. Otherwise, how can you explain the new Gerber LMF II fixed blade?

Taking Evidence from the Suspect  

December 1, 2005

By Devallis Rutledge

A criminal suspect has a Fifth Amendment right not to be compelled to incriminate himself, so he cannot be forced to make a statement. But if he is lawfully in custody, he can be compelled to submit to particular tests or to provide exemplars of his physical attributes. Under some circumstances, he can also be compelled to behave in certain ways (“modeling”) in order to assist in identification.

Rio Rancho (N.M.) Department of Public Safety  

December 1, 2005

By Bryn Bailer

Growing along with the city has been the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety (RRDPS). In less than two decades, the city-with a growing population of nearly 70,000 residents-has watched as the public-safety agency experienced a staggering 455-percent increase in personnel resources.

December for the Crime Fighter  

December 1, 2005

By Dave Smith

Ah, December, the holiday month, the month of giving and joy and general goodwill. However, if you wear the badge and gun, walk the cell block, or handle the calls of traumatized citizens, you may be thinking "bah humbug!"

The Other 10 Percent  

December 1, 2005

By Alex Roman

When New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia first authorized the Big Apple’s female police officers to carry guns, he reportedly gave them some patronizing advice. “Use your gun as you would your lipstick,” he said. “Use it only when you need it, and use it intelligently. Don’t overdo either one.”

How to Stay Safe on Prowler Calls  

December 1, 2005

By Gerald W. Garner

Making assumptions about the source of a prowler complaint can get you hurt…or worse. All you can assume safely is that every prowler call holds the potential for danger.

Does Community Policing Work?  

December 1, 2005

By Police Staff

If there is a sacred cow grazing in the field of law enforcement, it can be named in two words: community policing.

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