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Caution: Handle All Subjects with Care  

November 1, 1996

As a survival-smart officer you already know that prison­ers can be dangerous. You are very much aware that every year American peace officers are murdered after taking offenders into custody. Attention to some basic officer survival skills aimed at the safe handling of prison­ers can help keep you from adding your name to the bloody statistics.

Bike Cops Face Deadly Suspects  

November 1, 1996

"I've got shots fired!" Huffman shouted over the radio. "Chris, where are you?" An eerie silence followed. "Chris, where are you?" After several seconds, the silence was broken. Try­ing to stay as calm and level-headed as possible, I said, "I've been hit!"The suspect fired a .38 point-blank into my chest strik­ing my left shirt pocket.

Shootin' the Bull Can Be More Than Idle Chit Chat  

October 1, 1996

When looking at the man's driver's license, I noticed the bull was inch­ing back toward the freeway. I told the driver I would be right back and slipped across the lanes to drive the bull back into the lot, hoping to prevent more paperwork should the next driver fail to yield him the right-of-way.

Running on Reserve  

October 1, 1996

Regardless of a police agency's size, a quality reserve and volunteer organization can be vital to the protection of the community, the public's perception of law enforcement and the effectiveness of crime prevention programs.

The Longest Climb  

October 1, 1996

Networking, mentoring, career tracking; these are words more likely to be heard at the local chamber of commerce than in the front seat of a patrol car. Yet, as corporate America re-evaluates how it does business, female law enforce­ment officers are examining and adopting effective business tactics to attain top levels in their profession.

Agencies Struggle to Attract Reserve Officers  

October 1, 1996

Regardless of a police agency's size, a quality reserve and volunteer organization can be vital to the protection of the community, the public's perception of Jaw enforcement and the effectiveness of crime prevention programs.

Skinhead Groups Gain Youhful Following  

October 1, 1996

Skinhead membership has tradition­ally drawn from dysfunctional work­ing-class families, and it appears that many skinheads come from broken homes. Members can be as young as 13 and as old as 25. They typically pos­sess average intelligence, but are often poorly educated.

Rail Accident Sites Offer Serious Safety Hazards  

September 1, 1996

Our profession as police officers places us in that special category of first respon­ders. We often respond to accident scenes where community members have, through stupidity or misfortune, tangled with trains or trolley systems. In all cases, the train wins.

Policing the Untamed Streets of Hollywood  

September 1, 1996

Dealing with the unexpected and unusual are two reasons I became a police officer. If I had wanted a dull job, I would have become an accoun­tant. Yet there are just some things even a 13-year veteran of the LAPD is not ready for.

Gaining the Upper Hand on Combative Subjects  

September 1, 1996

Great strides have been made in police technology over the last 25 years. Advances are evident in almost every area of police work from the collection of evidence to the use of computers in squad cars. But when it comes to training, one law enforce­ment team has drawn from the past to develop a method for controlling vio­lent subjects.

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