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Police Suicide: Cop Killer  

May 1, 2003

By Melanie Basich

Everything has just gone to hell since the internal affairs investigation. And nothing makes sense anymore. So John takes out his off-duty piece, an old wheel gun. He sits down on the bed, puts one in the cylinder, snaps it shut, and stares down at the blued metal machinery in his hand. The world around him is very quiet as he starts to raise the weapon to his head.

Police Suicide: Survivor Stories  

May 1, 2003

By Melanie Basich

Judith Gentry’s husband Tom killed himself six years ago in their bedroom. A trained ICU nurse, Gentry’s no stranger to the stress and trauma of emergencies, but when she heard a gunshot and found her husband dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, she called a girlfriend instead of dialing 911.

Police Suicide: Eating a Gun  

May 1, 2003

By Melanie Basich

Why do cops almost always choose guns as the way to take their lives? Cops are familiar with guns.

How Smart Could He Be?  

May 1, 2003

By Jim McDevitt

"Listen, man! Give yourself up! It's no good! There're a thousand cops out here!" he yelled toward the building in exasperation.

Searching suspects is always dangerous. A thorough search technique is essential to keeping yourself and other officers safe.

Search Patterns  

May 1, 2003

By Gerald W. Garner

Patting down a suspect is serious business and you can never be reminded enough of the hazards of doing it poorly.

Origins of SWAT  

May 1, 2003

By Eugene Ramirez

SWAT teams have been part of the capabilities of police agencies since 1967 when the Los Angeles Police Department organized its special weapons and tactics unit to respond to critical incidents.

Beretta's Model 92 Folding Knife  

May 1, 2003

By Scott Smith

This clip-it exhibits the qualities that have made Beretta sidearms standard for police personnel.

Suicide is Not Painless  

May 1, 2003

By David Griffith

Killing yourself is an act of emotional violence against your friends and family.

The London Metropolitan Police force was the model for the American city forces. This illustration shows a 19th-century “bobby” in a wool frock coat. Similar uniforms were worn by New York cops of the period.

Of Authorized Pattern  

May 1, 2003

By David Griffith

Like many other aspects of American society, much of police uniform tradition in the United States comes from across the pond.

Textron’s new armored vehicle.

TREXPO West: Tactical Tools  

May 1, 2003

By David Griffith

The motto of the Law Enforcement Tactical Response Show & Conference (TREXPO) is, "Well armed, well prepared, and well informed."

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