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(Un)Reasonable Force  

March 1, 2002

By Ed Nowicki

After the encounter, Jones' sergeant told him, "I have a problem with your use of force. It wasn't reasonable."

The Right Approach  

March 1, 2002

By Les Bullard

Ever since the first officer pulled over a speeding vehicle, the standard practice of making a traffic stop has been the driver side approach. But just because a procedure or tactic is time-honored that doesn't necessarily mean it is sound.

Range Day  

March 1, 2002

By Byron Lee

Detective gave his professional assessment. "We're gonna have to shoot it. It'll take at least 31 rounds of 9mm, and 22 rounds of .45 auto."

Flashlights: Blinded by the Light  

March 1, 2002

By Melanie Basich

All of these offerings can effectively blind a potential threat, even in the daylight. This tactic can give you valuable seconds to evaluate your circumstances, and to act on the subject if necessary before he regains his sight. Flashlights are more than convenient sources of light; they can be used as life-saving tools.

Reaction Time  

March 1, 2002

By Gary Klugiewicz

Things are getting more dangerous out there. Whether you are functioning as a member of a SWAT Team or conducting routine patrol duties, you are responding to more and more calls with firearms drawn.

Capt. Larkin Fourkiller deploys a bean bag shotgun as Officer Wilbur Lewis provides lethal cover.

Less-Lethal: Bean-Bag Rounds  

March 1, 2002

By Larkin Fourkiller

Whether it's special operations, riot control, or a first-responder mission, less-lethal force options have played a vital role in securing a safer environment for conducting high-risk police operations.

Repercussions  

March 1, 2002

By David Griffith

On a muggy summer night in Georgia, it feels like you can reach out and squeeze water out of the air. Such were the conditions on July 23, 1999, when officer Jorge Mestre of the Cobb County Police Department was dispatched to a house in the Atlanta suburb of Austell, Ga.

Performance Review--Road Testing the 2002 Cop Cars  

February 2, 2002

By John L. Bellah

No one other than a patrol officer is better able to understand the vital role of a police vehicle in today's law enforcement. The wrong vehicle can affect officer morale, reduce efficiency and increase a department's operating costs appreciably.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who the bad guys are  

February 2, 2002

By Commander Gilmore

Just Give Me A Hundred Good Cops, And a ton of ammunition... That's what I was thinkin' when I reviewed the situation in Lagos, Nigeria.

A Capital Success Story  

February 1, 2002

By David J. Terestre

According to media accounts, nearly 100 officers who joined the force during a 1989-90 recruitment drive-when background screening and standards were all but non-existent-were later charged with criminal wrongdoing.

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