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 A tactical team practices entry techniques at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.

Head of the Class  

April 1, 2004

By William Harvey

The Center's mission is to provide no-cost counterdrug training and education to law enforcement and drug demand reduction specialists across the 18 northeastern United States spanning Maine to Virginia and west to Wisconsin.

Using crime-mapping technology, police intelligence officers and crime analysts can spot trends such as a rash of car thefts and allocate police resources to end the problem.

Connecting the Dots  

April 1, 2004

By Joe Diamond

Computers have revolutionized the art of crime mapping. Once just an exercise of sticking pins into a map glued to a bulletin board, crime mapping is now built on a foundation of “geographic information systems,” or GIS, a fancy term for creating, updating, and analyzing computerized maps.

The Good Follower  

March 1, 2004

By Mark G. Stainbrook

When everyone tries to be the leader at the same time, nothing gets done.

Do You Smell Smoke?  

March 1, 2004

By David Griffith

Smoking is about as good for you as drinking toxic waste, although it's a lot more satisfying.

Make Yourself a Leader  

March 1, 2004

By Mark Stainbrook

No asset is more valuable in contemporary American policing than the ability to take charge and get others to follow.

Consider carrying your handcuffs on the front of your duty belt. This way you won’t have to reach behind your back to access them, a move that could give a suspect a chance to escape or attack.

Duty Belt Deconstruction  

March 1, 2004

By David Kleinman

While some safety measures may seem insignificant now, they might actually save your life someday. Start by looking at your duty belt. Did you configure the items on it because they work best that way for you, or because everyone else does it that way?

Taurus PT92 Duty Pistol  

March 1, 2004

By Roy Huntington

Today's Taurus is ISO9000 rated for quality-control excellence and has become world renowned for making fine firearms.

The CAD Zone Law Enforcement Drawing Software  

March 1, 2004

By Bob Davis

The CAD Zone's latest releases of The Crime Zone and The Crash Zone law enforcement drawing applications (now both at version 7.2) are worth a billion words and more.

Vehicle Checkpoints  

March 1, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered whether it was permissible under the Fourth Amendment for law enforcement officers to locate witnesses to a fatal hit-and-run accident by setting up a checkpoint to stop vehicles.

Folded Pieces of Paper  

March 1, 2004

By John Richter

I think it was the little folded pieces of notebook paper that did it. Even now, years later, I can still remember it as though it happened only yesterday. Watching the little square pieces of paper gently flapping in the breeze as they lay in the roadway pushed the whole thing deep into my memory.

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