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Boston PD's Harbor Patrol Unit  

January 1, 2007

By Bryn Bailer

When it comes to the Boston Harbor, what goes in…must eventually come out. And as countless criminals and scofflaws have learned, it's usually the Boston Police Department that brings evidence to the surface—figuratively and literally.

The Real Fear Factor  

January 1, 2007

By Dave Smith

Fear is a funny thing, not in the “ha-ha” way but in the “sheesh,” eye-rolling way. It has been the focus of countless books, poems, and songs and has probably motivated more innovations than any other human emotion. Philosophers have argued that without fear we cannot have the virtue of courage; for courage is the Golden Mean between cowardice and recklessness and fear is your guide.

Stopping Power  

January 1, 2007

By Melanie Basich

Need some ammo for your scattergun? Try out these pellets and slugs.

How to Buy Rifle Optics  

January 1, 2007

By Nick Jacobellis

In days gone by, “rifle optics” referred to one thing: a telescopic sight with varying degrees of magnification. But today, rifle optics include a new class of aiming devices called combat optics, generally red dot sights.

Bringing ’em Back Alive  

January 1, 2007

By David Griffith

There was a time not too long ago when the only non-lethal weapon available to American law enforcement officers was a baton. Here is our guide to less-lethal patrol weapons now on the market.

Don’t Dump the Pump Shotgun  

January 1, 2007

By R.K. Campbell

There was a time not so long ago when the pump-action shotgun was known by another name. It was called the “police shotgun.” Back then, the standard equipment in every patrol car included a 12-gauge pump. Today, many agencies have dumped the pump shotgun in favor of the patrol rifle. And I think that’s a mistake.

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How to Avoid Burnout  

December 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

Burnout is a modern American pandemic. Almost anybody who works an office job in this country has, at one time during his or her career, experienced apathy and lethargy while on the clock.

They Think You’re Stupid  

December 1, 2006

By David Griffith

One of the worst things about American society is that we tend to equate wealth with intelligence. Anybody with half a brain can tell you it’s not true. I mean look at Paris Hilton. Heck, look at any Hilton since Conrad, the man who built the family’s wealth.

Shots Fired: Wytheville,Virginia 12/26/1989  

December 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

In nicer weather, it would have been difficult not to notice the Plymouth Voyager parked on the center median of the interstate. But the sight of a disabled vehicle on rain-slickened Interstate 81 had in recent days become an increasingly familiar one, even if this particular van was canted with two flat tires. In fact, the Virginia state trooper who came across it was already en route to still another accident further down the road.

Handling People Under the Influence  

December 1, 2006

By Gerald W. Garner

For the law enforcement officer confronting a person who is intoxicated or "under the influence" of alcoholic beverages or drugs, licit or illicit, one thing remains certain: Anytime a diminished capacity human being is involved, the potential for real danger is inevitably present.

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