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

April 8, 2016

By A.J. George

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  

April 8, 2016

By David Griffith

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  

April 7, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

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  

April 6, 2016

By Christian Bailey

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?  

March 7, 2016

By Greg Meyer

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.

<p>Draw your handgun while raising your elbow up. Once the gun has cleared the holster, drop your elbow straight down into your side, pointing the gun straight ahead at the intended target. Keep your gun and forearm parallel to the ground.</p>
<p>(Photo: Michael T. Rayburn)</p>

Shooting from the Hip  

March 4, 2016

By Michael T. Rayburn

Hip shooting can give you the edge you need to defeat an assailant that's close to you. At close distances all we're looking for is hits on a human-sized target.

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De-Escalation Training: Learning to Back Off  

March 2, 2016

By David Griffith

De-escalation training is not new nor innovative. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible.

Taking Charge of Yourself  

March 2, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

Supervisors often hear that they are to lead by example, but what does that really mean? You are the first person who has to obey in order to comply with the very things you demand of others.

<p>Photo: Jinsei Institute</p>

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control  

February 29, 2016

By Thomas Holmes and Sam Eggleston

The system, called "JET," is a product of the Jinsei Institute of Durango, CO, which maintains that the use of balance manipulation can decrease a subject's ability to move, resist, or escalate and give trained officers significant advantages during approach and contact.

<p>Photo: Christophor Periatt</p>

Real World Weapon Retention Tactics  

January 29, 2016

By Christophor Periatt

Retention holsters have their benefits and can help you defeat some gun grabs, but all officers also need to know how to defeat the attacker physically during a gun grab attack.

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