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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.
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New models of patrol cars and motorcycles, performance tests, and accessories are the subject of these posts.
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Retired gang investigator Richard Valdemar taps his deep well of experience to tell you about how to combat gangs in your jurisdiction.
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Active and retired officers offer straight talk to officers and deputies working the urban and rural beats of this country.
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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.
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Officers are continuously refining their defensive tactics, firearms training, and scenario-based responses with the methods and tools of law enforcement training.
Latest Posts

Los Angeles Police Commission Tells Officers to Run Away, or Else  

The message the Los Angeles Police Commission is sending to officers confronted with a violent and dangerous suspect is clear: You can save your life or save your job, but you cannot do both.

Thursday, September 22 | Patrol

It sure must be easy to talk about “redeploying” an officer’s position while sipping a Diet Coke or bottled water while sitting in a police-guarded, air-conditioned room, in a cushy office chair, watching the events unfold in slow motion on a big-screen TV.

Over Accountability in Policing  

Law enforcement officers must be accountable to the people they serve, but politicians and anti-police activists are using calls for accountability to stop you from doing your jobs.

Sunday, June 19 | Patrol

Policing has always had dangers associated with the profession. Physical, emotional, and psychological threats have always existed. However, when the fear of those who work the streets behind those badges is directed more to their own agencies and the government they work for than it is towards the criminal element they are fighting every day, those who suffer the greatest will be the honest citizens of this country.

Haters Gonna Hate  

Word to ESPN: America Appreciates Police Officers

Friday, June 10 | Patrol

It appears Howard Bryant, a columnist employed by ESPN, is offended by police officers being honored by professional sports teams. However, there is a reason the majority of Americans have favorable views of the police and honor their service to their communities.

Police Prevented Trump Protests in Anaheim From Veering Out of Control  

Thursday, May 26 | Patrol

Officers were deployed on foot and in patrol, motor and mounted units — and even in the air. I was certain the officers visibly present were just a small representation of the total number of officers that would be available if needed.

Beloved California K-9 Bruno Dies  

Bruno hung on until his handler could be by his side.

Thursday, May 19 | Patrol

Before he died, Bruno — the iconic Anaheim (CA) Police Department K-9 who became internationally known after he took a bullet to the jaw and chest two years ago, almost certainly saving the life of one or more of his human partners — hung on for his best friend, Officer RJ Young.

Ban President Obama from National Police Week  

The president's silence as police officers are vilified and even killed disqualifies him from speaking at Police Week.

Friday, May 13 | Patrol

Those chosen to speak will be people of prominence and influence and their words will have power if they are spoken from the heart. If they are not, if they are hollow and bereft of passion, then the words themselves though mechanically correct will be devoid of meaning and in fact insulting.

How First-Responder Communications are Evolving  

Three new trends in law enforcement communications are moving forward in 2016, but not everything is changing.

Monday, May 9 | Technology

The emergence of simultaneous LMR and LTE capabilities, along with PTT apps on smartphones, tablets and WiFi-only devices, opens up a world of potential new products such as more robust phones for industrial use, dual- or triple-band radios with LTE phones built inside, possibly even with a USB port on the side for uploading data.

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.

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