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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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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.
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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.

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.
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