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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

Four Stresses Cops Deal With That Non-Cops Should Know About  

Other professions have stress but law enforcement stress is unique.

Monday, August 24 | Patrol

There are similar occupations (military, firefighting, EMS first responders) but just as a cop can’t claim to fully understand any of those particular jobs (with the exception in some cases of public safety departments) the job of a police officer stands unique in its own right. The best men and women who take on the vocation of being a police officer understand that it truly is a “calling” and not just a job. A good cop must be committed to a clear concept of the purpose of law enforcement in a

Putting Officer-Involved Shootings in Los Angeles in Perspective  

Police shootings should not be judged with 20/20 hindsight, and the legality of the shooting should not be based on whether the officer made a mistake that could have led to the shooting.

Monday, August 17 | Patrol

The precise circumstances that lead to each OIS are unique, except that in every instance, the officers involved made split-second, life-and-death decisions based on their perception that their own lives or those of others were in danger.

Remember "The Mission"  Law Enforcement Only

If we're not working together to protect and serve our communities, then we've forsaken job one.

Friday, August 14 | Patrol

With very few exceptions, it is my belief that the men and women who serve in law enforcement made the choice to wear a badge because they believed that they could make a difference in the lives of others.

What I Learned Being the Daughter of Police Officers  

Growing up in a law enforcement family provides children with a unique perspective on the world and some valuable knowledge.

Thursday, July 23 | Patrol

My mother, father, and stepfather are all (now retired) police officers. I thought I'd share my knowledge with the world by compiling a list of the most important things my law enforcement parents have taught me over the years.

15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names  

Some town names in our country, not to mention around the globe, are just plain silly. And when you see the police cars patrolling these silly-named towns it just adds to the level of silliness. I'm sure these police departments are tired of all the jokes, but for the rest of us, I present...

Tuesday, July 14 | Patrol

Some town names in our country, not to mention around the globe, are just plain silly. And when you see the police cars patrolling these silly-named towns it just adds to the level of silliness.

Why Did Ezell Ford Attack LAPD Officers?  

New information sheds light on Ezell Ford's motivation for trying to take away an LAPD officer's duty pistol.

Thursday, July 9 | Patrol

A bench warrant for Ford’s arrest was outstanding at the time of his interaction with the LAPD officers. Ford had previously been convicted of stealing a car in Santa Barbara court, and was on probation in January of last year when he pleaded guilty to trespass in Los Angeles court. As a result, the Santa Barbara court revoked Ford’s probation and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Sometimes Police Must Be Warriors to Be Guardians  

Monday, July 6 | Patrol

What has been lost in this discussion of warriors and guardians is that our officers often are thrust into the role of warrior to fulfill their obligation as guardians.

Welcome to Law and Disorder  

This blog is coming to PoliceMag.com to tell you the truth about surviving your law enforcement career physically, emotionally, and ethically.

Wednesday, July 1 | Patrol

Anyone who has spent time working the street knows that the danger to cops' careers comes in many forms and while we have brought the number of police officers killed in the line of duty down to an annual figure in the 120s, we are losing thousands to termination and even worse, suicide. These are difficult statistics to hear but they are reality…our reality.

IBM Introduces Cloud Version of Coplink  

Agencies of all sizes can now use the information-sharing, investigative intelligence tool without incurring additional IT expenses.

Tuesday, June 23 | Technology

IBM i2 Coplink uses sophisticated analytics and "fuzzy" searches to allow investigators to discover hidden relationships and patterns that can be used to solve crimes. Geospatial mapping features in the software can quickly create maps, highlighting types of incidents such as arson, burglaries, or prowling by specific dates or times of day, and location.

Police Officers Disproportionately Killing Black Men Another False Narrative  

The statistics invalidate the claim that black men are being preyed on by police.

Monday, June 22 | Patrol

Of the 1,491 persons who died as a result of police uses of force, 61.4% were white males, 32.2% were black males and 3.2% were males from other races. Females dying as a result of a police use of force comprised the final 3.2% of deaths.

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