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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

By Jim Weiss and Mary Dresser

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.

NYPD-Lite  

December 1, 2000

By John Brady

It was Nov. 1, 1955: my first tour of duty as a policeman. I had been assigned to the 15th Precinct, in midtown Manhattan, to kick off Operation Cross-town, a scheme devised to expedite the flow of vehicular traffic through one of the busiest sections of the city.

Funerals are an all too common occurrence in the lives of those touched by gang violence.

Looking at a Year of Developments  

December 1, 2000

By Investigator Al Valdez

Looking back at this year, street gang behaviors have changed little. However, those of us who work the street must have noticed a few unique changes in the types of gang alliances, memberships and the crimes in which some street gangs have been involved.

You’re on vacation. You want to relax. But can you ever really afford to drop your guard? The key lies in preparation.

Survive Your Vacation  

December 1, 2000

By Daniel P. Hoffman

While you may be tempted to think you are "getting away from it all," an experience I had this summer while floating the Yukon River forced me to re-evaluate the steps I undertook to prepare for such journeys.

Missy clears a canyon where accused cop killers Jason McVean and “Monte” Pilon may be hiding.

Death’s Dogs: Cadaver Search Canines  

December 1, 2000

By Ken Wallentine, Attorney

Any officer who has been involved in a search for a missing victim knows that law enforcement needs every possible break. Cadaver dogs, though not likely to become widely known or ever be the subject of a television series, give cops just the break they need when searching for human remains.

An aerial shot of the LeMoore Naval Air Station shooting range in California, which covers 420 acres, gives some idea of the amount of land needed to ensure safety.

Range Designers Step Up To Today’s Challenges  

December 1, 2000

By Mark Watford, AIA

Increased urbanization has created new conflicts with shooting ranges used by law enforcement agencies, defense installations, as well as civilian gun clubs across the United States and Canada.

Nassau County police officers prepare to cast off aboard their newest patrol boat.

Marine Bureau Fires Up Its Jets  

December 1, 2000

By Shelly Feuer Domash

The coastline comprises a wide assortment of conditions, including open-ocean waters, often with high seas, shallows, winding and narrow inlets, bays, canals, harbors, wetlands and the Long Island Sound, each posing a different challenge for a police boat.

The War on Drugs: Where Are We?  

December 1, 2000

By Dean Scoville

The answer to the drug problem lies in a variety of factors. Education is one. Good parenting is another. Also, while drug abuse is stupid, romanticizing its use through popular culture is more so. Finally, let's not be afraid to pass judgment.

You see them on the street every day. But if you look past their rags and vices, can you determine the real problem?

New Orleans PD's Crisis Unit  

December 1, 2000

By New Orleans Police Team

The Crisis Unit, manned by mental health technicians, provides the department with a team of specially trained civilians who have years of experience with the mentally ill.

Police Steers a Steady Course Into the New Year  

December 1, 2000

By Leslie Pfeiffer Maris

We have a yearlong "celebration" of our anniversary planned, including a look back at some of the key issues the industry and the profession have faced in the past quarter century and a retrospective on some of our most popular  features.

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