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Technology

Technology

Visit this blog for information about the high-tech tools of the trade such as rugged laptops, night-vision scopes, patrol video, robots and more.
Vehicles

Vehicles

New models of patrol cars and motorcycles, performance tests, and accessories are the subject of these posts.
Women in Law Enforcement

Women in Law Enforcement

A panel discusses topics that matter to women in a male-dominated field, such as professional appearance, special equipment and physical challenges.
Editor's Notes

Editor's Notes

PoliceMag editors cover topics that matter to cops.
Weapons

Weapons

Look for resources about new long guns, handguns and less-lethal tools. You’ll also read about blades and weapon accessories.
Gangs

Gangs

Retired gang investigator Richard Valdemar taps his deep well of experience to tell you about how to combat gangs in your jurisdiction.
Patrol

Patrol

Active and retired officers offer straight talk to officers and deputies working the urban and rural beats of this country.
Careers

Careers

Chief Bill Harvey gives new officers the information they need, as they make the adjustment from an academy dorm room to a police patrol car.
SWAT

SWAT

Read posts about tactical teams, active-shooter training, and other topics for SWAT operators.
Training

Training

Officers are continuously refining their defensive tactics, firearms training, and scenario-based responses with the methods and tools of law enforcement training.
Latest Posts

Demoralized Cops Equal Higher Crime  

Officers across the nation are no longer allowed to take the actions they know could prevent crimes and save lives.

Tuesday, April 5 | Patrol

What do we do? We drive on, for we are not police officers in an ideal world. We are police officers in Los Angeles in the year 2016, and we know there is little to be gained and much to be lost if we get out of our car and engage these young men.

Appendix Carry…Thousands of Thugs Can’t be Wrong  

Can you draw faster from in front of your hip than from behind?

Friday, April 1 | Weapons

During the course of the 3-hour run of scenarios in their “town”, I found the appendix style to work very well. I consistently outdrew my competitors and teammates from the seated position and even seemed to be faster than usual in the standing scenarios.

The Thin Blue Dividing Line  

Law enforcement officers and leaders must unite in solidarity to push back against anti-police people and organizations.

Friday, April 1 | Patrol

And as incredible as it seems, law enforcement “leaders” cower in silence or worse yet voice their support for the new politically correct mantra of “softer policing,” which is nothing more than a euphemism for surrendering the “warrior mindset” necessary for survival.

Video: A Letter to the Man I Killed... By a Cop  

An officer who shot and killed a man in a justified deadly force action writes a powerful account of its impact on the perpetrator, himself, and his career.

Tuesday, March 15 | Patrol

I remember visiting the scene of the shooting on the first anniversary of your death, not knowing what I would find there. What I found there was absolutely nothing to mark the occasion. There was however, a small token of remembrance there when I left. That struck me as very sad; the only one who bothered to pay their respects was the one who put you in the ground.

Analyzing Police Shootings of "Unarmed" Black Suspects   

Whether a suspect is unarmed or not depends on the definition of "unarmed."

Friday, February 12 | Patrol

The “unarmed” label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying.

Win the Trust  

Failure to report corruption and other crimes by fellow officers is not how we show loyalty to fellow officers, it's how we tarnish our entire profession.

Thursday, February 11 | Patrol

No one wanted to be responsible for bringing this terrible betrayal of the public trust to light for fear of being labeled “a snitch.” This has been a pervasive problem in law enforcement all over the country. The culture within many agencies has been one of “loyalty versus integrity,” a perverted view of an “us versus them” philosophy that some call “brothers before others.”

Beyoncé's Super Bowl Activism Was Misguided  

The greatest threat to young black people isn't the police.

Tuesday, February 9 | Patrol

Ms. Knowles paid tribute to the violent Black Panther Party and Mario Woods, a man recently released from state prison, on parole for armed robbery, who used a knife to slash a random innocent person.

Why Chief Beck Failed Us  

The LAPD chief needs a reminder that leadership means sometimes you have to do the unpopular thing in order to do the right thing.

Friday, January 15 | Patrol

On Monday, Chief Beck chose to put politics above fairness by shouting from the rooftops to every media outlet in the nation that the District Attorney should file criminal charges against LAPD Officer Clifford Proctor.

How Technology is Changing Law Enforcement  

The latest high-tech innovations offer benefits and challenges for crime fighters.

Tuesday, December 8 | Technology

Every second of video that an officer’s camera records can be taken into evidence, providing a first-hand account of what took place during any interaction with a subject. The cameras provide the officer’s perspective on the incident unfettered by testimony and witness reports. Beyond that, departments can use the footage to train and practice crisis scenarios, reviewing successful arrests and discovering areas for improvement. Community members and law enforcement officers alike can benefit fro

A Mess in Minneapolis  

Weak and politically accommodating city and police leadership have led to the disgusting and dangerous siege at Precinct Four.

Thursday, December 3 | Patrol

The MPD's current chief has chosen to simply say nothing of substance and into that void of information has come the destructive rumors now festering within the community. That is gross negligence or total incompetence at the very least and an effort to advance a politically motivated agenda at worst.

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