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<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>

Police 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>

Police 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.

<p>Photo: Jimmy Lee</p>

Get Ready for a Fight  

June 26, 2014

Your defensive tactics training should be intense, exhausting, applicable, and eye-opening. Don't come to in-service training dressed for vacation or expecting to sleepwalk through the course.

<p>Photo: Becky Leavitt</p>

Steyr Mannlicher L9-A1 Duty Pistol  

June 25, 2014

The current version of the full-size Steyr duty pistol, the L9-A1, debuted last year. Available chambered for either the 9mm Luger or .40 S&W, the L9-A1 has many of the features of Steyr's earlier pistols along with several new ones, including a redesigned trigger.

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

Alone Against All Odds  

June 24, 2014

Cops are accustomed to answering calls for help, and generally think no less of those who ask. But officers themselves are often hesitant to ask for help, and that can be very impractical and even costly. 

<p>Tactical Medical Solutions&#39; Downed Officer Kit contains seven potentially life-saving first-aid supplies in a sealed pouch. Photo: Tactical Medical Solutions</p>

Hemorrhage Control  

June 23, 2014

Officer Joshua Burns might have bled out and died if it wasn't for a new emergency medical program that the Dallas PD had implemented just weeks before he was shot. As part of that program, 3,200 Dallas officers had been trained in basic hemorrhage control techniques and issued Tactical Medical Solutions' Downed Officer Kit (DOK).

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