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Battlefield Medicine  

March 1, 2003

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

Outgunned  

March 1, 2003

There is a tendency among all law enforcement to believe that no matter the odds, their bravery and training can save the day. It’s an instinct that a good SWAT officer must overcome. Because believe it or not, there are times when even a SWAT team may be outgunned or otherwise need help.

America In the Crosshairs: Inside NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Bureau  

February 1, 2003

NYPD's counter-terrorism unit works out of a windowless brick building somewhere in one of the five boroughs of the Big Apple. To the average person passing by, the building looks no different than any of the other rundown buildings in the area. It's covered with graffiti, surrounded by nondescript private cars, and shadowed by a worn elevated commercial billboard.

The Cost of Starting a K-9 Unit  

February 1, 2003

According to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), insufficient public funding is the number one reason canine programs fail.

Tags: K-9 Units

DNA: Evolving Technology  

February 1, 2003

DNA testing is a complicated thing. But it’s nowhere near as complicated as it used to be.

Example of handheld computers in the field.  Panasonic PDA at traffic stop.

PDAs on Patrol  

February 1, 2003

Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.

The Elite Gum Squad  

February 1, 2003

Who knew police work included scraping gum and hiking up live volcanoes?

Columbia River's M16 Duty Knives  

February 1, 2003

The top of the line is the M16 series of knives developed by Kit Carson, a well known member of the Knifemakers' Guild.

This group at 25 yards (with Federal .38 Special wadcutters) measured a tidy 21/2 inches until the author pulled that lonely shot at the bottom.

Smith & Wesson 386PD Revolver  

February 1, 2003

Simply put, revolvers work. And that's something people treasure in these overcomplicated times.

Upon impact, your body should be in the PFL position so you can roll safely on your side.

Falling Down on the Job  

February 1, 2003

Using training including how to fall properly without injury, a French special ops unit successfully completed a dynamic hostage rescue.

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