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<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Guardians and Warriors  

January 22, 2016

By David Griffith

Every guardian—every law enforcement officer—must be a warrior. You can't protect unless you are willing to do violence and stop the threat.

What Are Our Priorities?  

January 22, 2016

By Jon Adler

As the White House commits to providing funding for 10,000 Syrian refugees to settle in the United States, the bill that funds the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program for first responders has expired. How do 9/11 heroes take a funding back seat to refugees?

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Warriors or Guardians?  

January 13, 2016

By Dave Smith

One of the big mistakes of the past is the fantasy that law enforcement causes criminality and that if only we can change the police we can stop poverty, crime, gangs, etc.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

How to Survive a Public Relations Nightmare  

January 7, 2016

By Michael Cloud

Too often the old adage becomes true: "A lie travels around the world while the truth is lacing up its shoes." But it doesn't have to be this way. You can survive and come out stronger from a PR nightmare. Here's how.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Under the Microscope After an OIS  

January 7, 2016

By Devallis Rutledge

If, God forbid, you have to shoot someone on the job, here are some possible consequences you may find yourself enduring for the next several years, even though you may have been completely justified in your use of deadly force.

<p>Photo: Trijicon</p>

Police Product Test: Trijicon Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO)  

December 28, 2015

By A.J. George

Trijicon's MRO provides a single 2 MOA red dot as a point of aim and is rated for up to five years of life on a single CR2032 lithium battery.

Police Product Test: Oakley SI Light Assault Leather Boot  

December 28, 2015

By A.J. George

In a market dominated by true "heavy boots" the new Oakley Assault Boots were a crossbreed of boot and athletic shoe, meaning they were as durable as any good combat boot but comfortable right out of the box. Not satisfied with well-enough, Oakley recently redesigned the original Assault and shaved off a ton of weight in the process.

<p>The focus of shoot-don&#39;t shoot firearms training should be learning to make good decisions about when to use deadly force and applying those decision-making skills under pressure.</p>

Take Your Firearms Training Seriously  

December 28, 2015

By Matt Szady

We talked to the officers in question after each event, telling them they needed to slow down enough to be able to make correct decisions and to get good solid hits high center mass on the targets. One of the officers later asked me how they are supposed to balance slowing down with wanting to shoot quickly enough to not get shot during a real incident.

Train Wreck  

December 28, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

After 15 minutes of work to free the transport stuck on the tracks, an eight-car commuter train carrying 90 people rounds the bend and slams into the turbine, derailing four of the eight cars. At least 60 people are injured. You are the only supervisor available that day.

<p>The ReconRobotics Throwbot can run ahead of a team to provide valuable intel.<em> Photo via Recon Robotics</em></p>

Police Robots on Land and Sea  

December 28, 2015

By David Griffith

Some of the top police and sheriff's departments in this country have fielded robots for a variety of tasks since the 1990s. But we are now seeing a broad expansion of the types of robot tools available to law enforcement and a reimagining of what they can do.

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