Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
Communications may be the backbone of law enforcement, yet it can also be its most technologically confusing, politically charged and seemingly insoluble problem in the adrenaline-fueled chaos of a multi-jurisdictional or mutual-aid situation.
I've worked for five different chiefs during my checkered police career. Of them, only one sticks out in my mind. Indeed, I have to think hard to even remember the rest of their names.
Video technology offers some solid solutions to problems in this arena. From an obvious increase in security due to site monitoring, to enhanced communications between schools and police during emergencies, this technology may offer a powerful tool for responding officers.
TASER is once again a "hot topic" in resistance control circles. The newest version of this 35-year-old technology is the M26 Advanced TASER and it offers a number of improvements over earlier devices.
Women have filled varied roles in law enforcement for nearly a century, yet only with the equal opportunity acts of the '60s and '70s did the numbers of female patrol officers rise noticeably. Subsequently, duty gear began to tentatively adapt to the needs of female officers.
Officer safety tactics have evolved to accommodate the prospect of dealing with suspects via a variety of media, developing a hitherto unknown degree of intimacy with a suspect even as it keeps him at bay.
These three skills can offer simple solutions to often complicated problems in the field.
Officer Tim Hanks threaded the last of the Federal Tactical 00 buck-shot shells into his Remington 870, adjusted the Beretta 92FS in his Safariland rig, touched his backup revolver, then turned to me and said, “Well, you ready to hit the street?”
While our children are safer in school than they are in many other settings, they are often far less safe than they should, and could, be.
For many investigators their handgun is their primary weapon. Consequently, it must be the most effective tool they can have. Here are some thoughts on the selection process of both the handgun and the ever-important holster it's carried in.