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Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

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Police Product Test: First Tactical Tactix BDU Pants and Shirt and 8" Boot  

Aside from the obvious quality and design, the thing that stood out most to me about the Tactix BDUs was their fit. The boots were surprisingly light and comfortable.

<p>Last year the Las Vegas Metro PD motorcycle unit rode 1.7 million miles and experienced only four accidents that were caused by something the officer did or didn&#39;t do. Photo: Las Vegas Police Department.</p>

Protecting and Serving on Two Wheels  

It would be hard to come up with an area of the country that presents more of a difficult year-round operating environment for motorcycle officers than Las Vegas. Traffic throughout the area is bad and on the Strip and downtown it sometimes doesn't move at all. Tourists are in town to have a good time, which often means more than a few intoxicating beverages and that means drunk driving.

Three Strikes and You're Out  

I document my attempts to seek people's cooperation and move on. It's my "If it's not important to you, it's not important to me" axiom.

<p>Firearms training for bicycle officers is not just about weapons manipulation and accurate shooting. The training must also incorporate what to do with the bike and how to get to cover. (PHOTO: Scott Parr/IPMBA)</p>

How to Join a Bicycle Unit  

A great bicycle officer has a strong service mentality, paramount knowledge of laws, a thirst for new knowledge, and someone who can adapt to change easily. If this describes you, your agency's bicycle unit might be a good fit.

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A Revolution in Use-of-Force Policy and Training?  

A battle is brewing among law enforcement leadership organizations about whether and how to change police use-of-force policy and training to be kinder and gentler.

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Philadelphia Reduces College Requirement for Officers

Since January, a new commissioner has been running the Philadelphia Police Department, and when it comes to cops and college, he's about to flip the script.

2 Major Florida Agencies Adopt National Police Ammunition (NPA) Z-Clean Ammunition

National Police Ammunition (NPA) announced its proprietary Z-Clean ammunition has been adopted by two of Florida's largest law enforcement agencies: the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the City of Miami Police Department.

Video: Unloaded Gun 'Dry-Fired' at DC Officer's Head, Sources Say

An officer in the Metropolitan DC Police Department's first district "dry-fired" an unloaded weapon at the head of another officer during a roll-call meeting on Saturday afternoon, possibly under orders from a sergeant as part of a training exercise.

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In Careers Blog

Security as a Second Career

We all agree that owning our own private security firm was the right choice for us after retirement. Part of what has made our...

We Don't Need to Relax Recruit Fitness Standards, We need to Prepare Candidates Better

Fitness standards should not be lowered to accommodate anyone, male or female. The job is the job, and the physical requirements...

Prepare for Winter

As you settle into this snowy, stormy season your thoughts should also migrate toward winter patrol tactics.Take a few minutes to...

 
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In Training Blog

Officer Safety Training Tip: Defending Against the Bear Hug

Coach John Crouch of the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., demonstrates how to defeat an attacker who gets you in an...

Officer Safety Training Tip: Defeating the Clinch

In the fourth edition of Police's Defensive Tactics Training videos, the instructors at the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale,...

Video: Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Leg Strikes

Videos feature veteran officer Ron Dorfman and instructors John Crouch and Adam Gillespey demonstrating the techniques.

 
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For training and details that don't call for a traditional...
<p><a href=&quot;http://www.actiontarget.com/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Action Target</a> installs full-scale indoor and outdoor ranges for law enforcement, as well as portable systems. Action Target&#39;s Track Runner heavy-duty track-mounted moving target system is designed for more permanent range installations. Unlike portable systems where the target is suspended from a steel cable, targets used with the Track Runner are mounted to a trolley that runs on a special track mounted close to the ground. This approach is ideal for realistic tactical applications because the target can move to different locations, change speed and direction, and dart in and out of cover. Action Target is now officially ISO 9001:2008 certified.</p>
Shooting Range Systems and Equipment 2015
This equipment will help you improve your firearms skills,...
<p>Gain wrist and arm control in anticipation of resistance.</p>
Handling Passive Resisters
In an age of Occupiers, officers must gain control of...
Counterfeit Police Products
A retired officer started The Counterfeit Report website to...
<p>When you&#39;re facing a suspect as a lone officer, a rear leg sweep will help quickly gain control.</p>
Handcuffing Suspects: 3 Techniques
Too many officers try to handcuff a suspect while he or she...
<p>Officer Craig Durling approaches the cab of a tractor-trailer to issue a citation and return the driver&#39;s paperwork.</p>
Commercial Enforcement Violations
The two officers of the Torrance (Calif.) PD's Commercial...
 
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