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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

Sgt. Dean Scoville brings his 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

Just What the Hell Are We Protecting?  

It is increasingly apparent that amorphous promises of "hope and change" can have serious implications for each.

Monday, April 14 | Patrol

I do wonder to what extent the federal employees among our ranks ask themselves whether or not these people are worth protecting and their laws worth enforcing? Just where are the conscientious objectors within the federal fold? Are its ranks really filled with men who are content to be given their marching orders and sent out to wreck havoc? And do they really think that all this won't some day come back to bite them in the ass?

Remarkable Statistics on Officer Response to Active Shooter Incidents  

Police Magazine reviews a just-released PERF report on active shooter responses.

Saturday, April 12 | Patrol

The author reviews the PERF report on police response and results from 84 active shooter incidents from 2000-2010.

The Law is An Ass (At Least When it Comes to Photographing One)  

Sometimes I think we have too many damn laws. On other occasions, I wonder if there aren't a few more laws we could really use.

Monday, March 17 | Patrol

Making my way to the urinal, I was passed by a man who'd stepped out the adjacent stall in a hurry. As he did, I noted the presence of crumpled tissue paper on the floor about the toilet. The man's presence in the stall had not been diet-related. Normally, this would not have been something I'd have felt compelled to concern myself with. Different strokes for different folks.

A Hollywood Lesson in Heroes  

Watching this year's Academy Awards, I realized why movie makers now have such a hard time celebrating the good guys.

Thursday, March 6 | Patrol

And so I sat down and waited for highlights of hero-celebrating fare, looking forward to clips of "End of Shift," "Ladder 49," and "Backdraft." I figured I'd maybe catch a glimpse of a pre-"Cheers" Ted Danson in the role of ill-fated LAPD Officer Ian Campbell in "The Onion Field."

"The Naked Truth About Well Endowed Women With High Caliber Firearms (With Photos)"  

What some less scrupulous types won't do for page views.

Monday, February 17 | Patrol

Working patrol, you never know when or where you might find yourself in a knock-down drag-out fight. As such, it makes sense to have some stratagem in place ahead of time. That thought was in the forethought of my consciousness when I decided that if I ever faced an asskicking and really needed assistance, I'd key my mic and advise that I had Jessica Alba oiled down and naked rolling around on a front lawn.

Prepare for Winter  

Account for longer nights and other tactical considerations during this cold season.

Friday, February 14 | Careers

As you settle into this snowy, stormy season your thoughts should also migrate toward winter patrol tactics.Take a few minutes to prepare and think what you need to do to be tactically safe and comfortable.

Not Afraid to Be a Woman  

How I maintain my femininity while still garnering respect.

Friday, February 14 | Women in Law Enforcement

Being feminine is often seen as a hindrance as opposed to an attribute when garnering respect from male coworkers because they feel like they have to protect us instead of focus on the problem they are called to handle.

Introducing the Shots Fired Podcast  

Listen to "Shots Fired" narratives being read aloud.

Tuesday, February 11 | Editor's Notes

We published the 100th "Shots Fired" feature in September. We've decided to present these features of officers under fire as monthly audio podcasts.

A Plea for Ballistic Helmets   

Is it time for head and face armor on patrol?

Friday, February 7 | Patrol

Officers who object to wearing ballistic face shields/helmets in high-risk shooting situations should have a face-to-face discussion with their children and ask their children, "What if daddy or mommy would get killed at work and not ever come home again and not ever hug and kiss you or play with you, how would you feel?"

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff  

Sometimes, cleaning house means just that.

Tuesday, February 4 | Patrol

Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?

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