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David Griffith

David Griffith has been editor of POLICE Magazine since December 2001. He brings more than 25 years of experience on magazines and newspapers to POLICE. A Maggie award-winning journalist, his byline has appeared on hundreds of articles in POLICE and other national magazines.



Melanie Basich

Melanie Basich

Managing Editor Melanie Basich joined POLICE Magazine in 2000 (when her last name was still Hamilton). An award-winning journalist, she has covered such topics as agency budgets, officer suicide, emerging law enforcement technologies, and active shooter tactics. She writes and manages the product section of POLICE.
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<p>ATF Special Agent Will Clark. Photo: POLICE file</p>

Bill Would Protect Fed Agents Who Intervene To Stop Violence  

April 9, 2012
A federal bill introduced in Congress earlier this year would give special agents greater protection when intervening to stop a violent act, even if it's outside the scope of their duties.

NRA Explains Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law  

March 23, 2012
Florida's stand-your-ground self-defense law was the first of its kind in the nation and was backed by the National Rifle Association. Since then, 20 other states have passed similar laws.

Video: SHOT Show 2012 Highlights  

February 27, 2012
This year's annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas offered plenty of visual curiosities for POLICE Magazine's video crew. Four law enforcement suppliers showed off their new gear, and "Top Shot" Michelle Viscusi told us how she stays on target.
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PoliceMag Launches Top Blogs E-newsletter  

January 25, 2012
We've launched "Top Blogs," a new e-newsletter that will bring you the very best POLICE blog posts every month. We're kicking it off Jan. 25, and you can expect it on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
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Video: Why UC Davis Cops Pepper-Sprayed Protesters  

December 5, 2011
A longer, nearly 9-minute version of the pepper spraying of protesters at UC Davis offers a familiar reminder for cops—video "evidence" offers an often deceptive, or at least incomplete, version of a police force encounter.
<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

POLICE Announces Monthly Photo Caption Contest Winner  

November 29, 2011
We posted an "outtake" from our monthly Well-Dressed Officer contest, and asked you to provide the caption. You gave us some very funny responses.
<p>Photo: <span class=&quot;username&quot;><a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/abardwell/&quot;>abardwell</a>.</span></p>

California's 'Realignment' Toward Higher Crime  

October 21, 2011
To soften the blow to local law enforcement and communities, California politicians are calling one of the largest criminal-justice shifts in state history a "realignment." Sadly, it appears the state's politicians are realigning California toward higher crime, potentially reversing years of declining violent crime.

Video: Handcuffing with Hands On the Head  

September 29, 2011
Handcuffing a suspect after asking him to place his hands on top of his head may look good on cop shows, but it puts you at greater risk. It may be effective to cover a suspect, but police combat trainer Lt. Kevin Dillon says it should be avoided for pat-downs and handcuffing.

Video: How to Handcuff on a Wall  

August 18, 2011
Many law enforcement agencies have scrapped on-the-wall handcuffing from police-academy training. However, as with many police tactics, your ability to win comes down to your execution of a proven method. Lt. Kevin Dillon provides you that method in a tactics video, demonstrating two effective handcuffing strategies — one in space, and a second on the wall.

Tactical Leadership  

July 28, 2011
Leaders develop strong personality traits and inspire others to follow them. They rely on the principle of influence, and often create a "want to" environment rather than a "have to" environment for officers working under them.
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