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ALPR: Capturing Crime Leads  

March 23, 2015

By Melanie Basich

Automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology allows law enforcement officers to quickly recognize expired tags and identify and locate stolen vehicles. But it's also often instrumental in finding wanted and missing persons and solving a wide range of crimes, including homicides.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Thank You for Freedom  

March 23, 2015

By Dave Smith

People who live in fear are not really free, or cannot stay free long with such anxiety, and you are the ones they call in a crisis.

<p>Burglars might come through the wall of an adjacent business. Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Pawn Shop Alarm  

March 13, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

A call comes in about an alarm going off at a very popular pawn shop just a little past midnight. You've handled a large number of false alarms at this location, but this time it could be a real burglary.

Irrational Fear vs. Officer Safety  

March 13, 2015

By Jon Adler

First, law enforcement critics such as civil libertarians and liberal journalists claimed that we were over-militarized, and now they're mischaracterizing officer safety equipment as spy tools.

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Tuff Products Dual-Purpose Tactical Kit  

March 9, 2015

By David Griffith

The T.A.S.K. with P.T.K. is a leg rig that holds four AR-15/M4 magazines, EMT shears, latex gloves, surgical tape, modular bandage, tourniquet, and a chest seal. It's made of rugged 1680-denier black ballistic nylon and double-layered scuba webbing.

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Training: Canine to K-9  

March 6, 2015

By Mark Fox

The decision to take a dog and transform it into a highly trained law enforcement animal isn't one to be taken lightly. It is a commitment, with year-round responsibility—both on and off-duty—for the dog and the humans who work with the dog.

Getting Your Case Filed  

March 5, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

Although the prosecutor's decision to decline to pursue a prosecution could be for a variety of reasons, there are steps you can take to ensure that a rejection is not based on your police work on the case.

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SHOT Show 2015: Report from the Aisles  

February 28, 2015

By Melanie Basich

This year at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, law enforcement, military, and tactical products again permeated the aisles, spilling well beyond the area designated for law enforcement booths. Which means there's that much more for law enforcement officers to get excited about.

Portable Crime Scene Management  

February 28, 2015

By David Griffith

CrimePad takes full advantage of the iPad's capabilities. The app can be used to record voice, capture video, and take non-evidentiary photos.

<p>Photo: Cellebrite</p>

Mobile Forensics in Transition  

February 28, 2015

By David Griffith

One reason why there is so much demand to move the preliminary forensic analysis of mobile devices out of the lab is that agencies are realizing the value of knowing what is on a suspect's or even a victim's smartphone during an investigation.

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