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<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

The Human Element  

April 11, 2014

The one element that has remained unchanged in our ever-growing technological environment, as the commercial says, is the human element. The key is to somehow keep the mind focused on what's important and use all these technological advances to your advantage.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities  

April 8, 2014

It only makes sense that local law enforcement should help find ways to help motorcycle enthusiasts, even veteran riders, ride more safely. The only viable option most law enforcement agencies can help with outside of traffic enforcement is rider education.

Taking Down Tsarnaev  

April 3, 2014

Last April 19, Revere, Mass., Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli was leading the North Metro SWAT team as it participated in a massive manhunt. Units from federal, state, and local agencies—including North Metro SWAT—were literally going street to street and even building to building searching for the surviving Boston Marathon bomber.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Consent Entry After Refusal  

April 1, 2014

The question of who can give valid consent to enter and search private premises has been the subject of numerous Supreme Court opinions.

<p>Photo: Tactical Impulse</p>

Police Product Test: Tactical Impulse LE-1 Flashlight Kit  

April 1, 2014

So what's so special? It's not so much the light itself, but the LE-1's system of accessories Tactical Impulse has designed to go with it that make this a true light "multi-tool."

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Lowering the Shields  

April 1, 2014

Whether you work for a large department or a small department, if you're responsible for keeping the peace, then you should be training in the latest mobile field force tactics.

The New Guard  

March 31, 2014

Capt. Rhonda Lawson, president of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), became the first female field captain in the Texas Highway Patrol's history. In her experience, many officers resent competition with minorities for desired positions.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Building Leaders  

March 31, 2014

Even if people receive some training, there is more to becoming a leader than taking a class. Training in all its aspects needs to change with the times. But it's a pervasive cultural issue. And it takes time to change a culture.

<p>Photo courtesy of Team Wendy</p>

Police Product Test: Team Wendy Bump Helmet  

March 28, 2014

A good helmet is an essential piece of kit for any tactical operator. The helmets of today are lighter, stronger, provide better protection, are customizable, and are comfortable. Team Wendy's Exfil LTP Tactical Bump Helmet fits all of these criteria.

<p>Photo: iStock</p>

Shots Fired: Berks County, Pennsylvania 06/30/2011  

March 26, 2014

Upon their crossing, the trackers noticed that leaves blanketing the side of a steep hill had been disturbed. Regrouping with his K-9, Pagerly gave him the search command and released him again. Jynx appeared to immediately find an odor and began moving rapidly up hill and toward Hawk Mountain Road.

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