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Death Masks  

January 1, 2006

By Kelly Kyrik

It took the perseverance of Det. Dale Bunten and the skill of forensic sculptor Wesley Neville, a lieutenant at the Florence County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Office, to link the remains of a small-framed teenager to missing 14-year-old Tara Exposito.

Diagramming Success  

December 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Understanding the crime scene and its layout is vital to prosecuting any case. One of the quickest and easiest ways to record everything pertinent to the case is by drawing a diagram of the crime scene.

Leadership and Laughter  

December 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on." — Bob Newhart

Gifts From Home  

December 1, 2005

By David Griffith

A Marine died in Anbar Province, Iraq, yesterday. It’s Nov. 8 when I write this. And a Marine died yesterday in Anbar Province. Far from his or her loved ones.

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.

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