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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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Video: National Police Week's Officers of the Month  

June 23, 2011
National Police Week also reminds us of the close calls of officers whose actions put them on the winning side, such as the NLEOMF's officers of the month, which are honored at a luncheon. We captured five of these stories on video, as POLICE Editor David Griffith sat down to interview these officers.
Portland's Mayor Sam Adams. Photo courtesy of Scott Huber (Flickr).

Portland's About Face  

January 6, 2011
An FBI sting leading to the arrest of a Somali immigrant planning to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony has forced many of the more intelligent folks in Portland to rethink their "America is the real terrorist" stance.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's "Haunted Jail" event in Lakewood drew more than 4,300 visitors. Photo by Paul Clinton.

California Sheriff's 'Haunted Jail' Draws More Than 4,000  

November 1, 2010
Sheriff's explorers and volunteers tapped their creative juices, decorating the holding cells with macabre scenes. The event drew 1,000 in its first year, and was an even bigger success this year, as many of the 4,300 visitors waited an hour to enter the haunted house event.
Steve Emerson speaks at POLICE-TREXPO East 2010. Photo by David Griffith.

Emerson Pulls Lid Off Stealth Jihad at TREXPO East  

August 19, 2010
Emerson showed documents outlining the Muslim Brotherhood's strategy for penetrating, subverting, and infiltrating the United States in order to advance sharia (Muslim law) and establish a worldwide Muslim state called a "caliphate."
A Nogales PD cruiser patrols downtown Nogales, a border community of 19,000 permanent residents and a gateway for the narcotics trade. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Nogales PD: On the Front Lines of the Drug War  

July 22, 2010
Nogales PD officers have heard the hiss of cartel death threats, and are ever watchful of the dangers presented to them when on patrol. Since Chief Jeffrey Kirkham took over in January, the department has made important strides.
The Police Unity Tour arrived in D.C. as part of National Police Week. Proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial.

Police Unity Tour's Wheels Spin for Fallen Officers  

May 12, 2010
Lakewood (Wash.) Police Sgt. Mark Eakes carried more than just a memory of fellow Sgt. Mark Renninger as he peddled the 320 miles of the Police Unity Ride from New Jersey to D.C. during National Police Week.
Photo by Storm Crypt via Flickr.com

Real "Christian" Warriors  

March 30, 2010
Federal indictments detail a plan so heinous it deserves repeating because you need to be on guard for this kind of stuff. They were reportedly going to lure a local cop into an ambush and kill that officer. Then they were going to wait until other officers gathered from miles around for their victim's funeral and set off IEDs to bomb the procession. Their goal was to start a war between themselves and the U.S. government.
Image courtesy of iStock.

Memorable Cop Movies  

March 4, 2010
Unfortunately, 2009 wasn't a particularly high-water mark for movies in my book, which makes it all the more tempting to reflect on another staple: the cop movie.
Image via banspy (Flickr.com).

Top 10 Law Enforcement Stories of 2009  

December 30, 2009
Which stories will make the PoliceMag.com list of the top LE stories of 2009? You can bet you'll find President Obama on this list.

Let Them Know You Care  

December 22, 2009
Today, a new generation of Americans are fighting for our freedom overseas, but there are no great Christmas songs being written and sung for them. Like the Vietnam generation before them, they are largely forgotten by a public too concerned about domestic issues to care about them, and they are demonized in popular culture as "kill crazy" murderers.
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