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Good, Bad, and Awful News: A Month on the Job  

July 17, 2014

Each week, the staff here at POLICE posts a couple dozen or more news items on PoliceMag.com. Here's a snapshot of what we covered, good, bad, and awful, in June.

<p>Photo: Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office</p>

Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play  

July 17, 2014

Law enforcement officers who work in tourism towns have a two-fold mission, protecting the locals and protecting the droves of tourists that the locals depend upon for their livelihood and their departments depend upon for operating funds. That may sound crass but law enforcement agencies in destination areas have to be aware of the numbers and what they mean.

<p>Photo courtesy of Chris Felski/ATF</p>

Tactical Medicine in Transition  

July 15, 2014

So if emergency medical response during critical incidents is now going to be performed by patrol officers and individual SWAT operators, do law enforcement agencies still need tactical medical support? The experts say yes and for a variety of reasons.

<p>Photo: iStock</p>

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest  

July 11, 2014

Just when it looks like a rule is finally refined to the point of general understanding, the Supreme Court takes an unexpected turn, as it recently did on the subject of searching an arrestee's cell phone incident to his arrest.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Hitting the Reset Button  

July 10, 2014

When you hear a war story, imagine yourself in the situation, "preloading" yourself for success in similar incidents.

<p>Dep. John Braman of the Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office began learning to fly a plane as a birthday present to himself this year.</p>
<p>Photo: John Braman</p>

Hobbies: Follow a New Passion  

July 1, 2014

Law enforcement is a profession that many use to define themselves, but allowing your identity to be based solely on your job is not a good idea. Pursuing an activity outside of policing gives the mind and body a much needed breather. Some officers find surprising ways to fulfill this goal.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Cowboy Up  

June 30, 2014

John Wayne knew the canyon was dangerous and was ready. Our ambushes occur in a modern-day canyon of houses, vehicles, and woods, and we also need to have the Duke's "always prepared" mindset.

<p>Photo: Bates</p>

Product Test: Bates Delta Nitro 8" SZ Boots  

June 30, 2014

The Delta Nitros are extremely comfortable, flexible, and supportive without the need for insoles or breaking in, something few boots can claim. They do this and still maintain the feel of a real boot.

<p>Photo: 425 Inc.</p>

Product Test: 425 Inc. Guardian Angel LED Light  

June 30, 2014

The Guardian Angel is a slim-profile, personal LED light system, designed to be mounted to virtually anything thanks to the variety of accessory mounts. It is rechargeable, very durable, and available in a variety of colors and light patterns.

<p>Photo: Mark Clark</p>

Product Test: Vievu LE3 On-Body Video System  

June 30, 2014

Vievu's LE3 is the company's latest small, lightweight, self-contained video recorder system. About the size and weight of a pager, this on-body video system can easily be worn on an officer's uniform.

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