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A member of the Italian “GIS” armed with the 9mm H&K MP5 SMG. Note the special flashlight/foregrip combination used on this specific weapon.

Euro Counter-Terrorism  

April 1, 2001

Conventional police forces deployed in large and normally  slow-to-react formations were not capable of dealing with small, clandestine terrorist cells, striking swiftly and melting into the civil scenery.

Texas Breakout  

March 1, 2001

The suspect's actions, tactics used, and weapon information is something every SWAT or patrol officer needs to be aware of.

On the Suspect's Turf at Work  

March 1, 2001

The post-Christmas workplace shooting that left seven employees dead in Wakefield, Massachusetts should serve as yet another reminder about responding to high-risk scenes.

Police Vehicles  

February 1, 2001

For specialized units from SWAT to airborne patrol, today's police officers need more than just four wheels and a roof.

Squeak, Rattle, and Beep  

February 1, 2001

As any officer who has ever worked the midnight shift knows, sound travels and night. We all tend to laugh at suspects who give away their hidden positions by making some little noise, yet we are bigger culprits than they are when it comes to announcing our presence to the world.

What to Do If You Are Taken Hostage  

January 1, 2001

In this day and age, hostage incidents have become almost commonplace. Hostage-takers and criminals in general view us as "symbols" of an institution (criminal justice system) or a way of life that they despise.

Using Persuasion Tactics to Handle Conflict  

January 1, 2001

Facing conflict and confrontation is inevitable for anyone in law enforcement.  The challenge is to take an angry or uncooperative person and have him or her voluntarily cooperate with you.

Preparing For the Oral Interview  

January 1, 2001

There is nothing more important or critical to an officer's success in a promotional oral interview than his or her ability to communicate.  Even preparation and overall experience are of less importance.

Save Your Hide  

December 1, 2000

Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the world. Most cases can be cured, but the disease is now a major health problem. Law enforcement personnel in the field, especially those in high-risk areas of the United States, are at risk for developing what can be a fatal form of cancer.

Boarding boats, especially large ones, is not always easy but can be done with practiced proficiency. Here an Indian River Co. Sheriff’s Office ERT team member, armed with an H&K MP-5, boards a suspect’s boat from a PWC (Kawasaki jet ski).

Going Waterborne  

December 1, 2000

Large bodies of water, including waterfronts, oceans, lakes and rivers, make up significant areas of responsibility in many police jurisdictions. They also present unique challenges to law enforcement officers who must deal with water-based criminal activities.

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