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Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012  

July 16, 2013

By Dean Scoville

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

Raise Your Honor High  

July 11, 2013

By Dave Smith

Ah, but the healing is a wonderful thing to see. Daily, each of you earn more and more and more honor for us all. Your courage, your actions, your compassion, is an hourly ratcheting up of our honor.

<p>Photo by Traci Dean.</p>

Closing the Gap  

July 10, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.

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America's Maritime Cops  

July 2, 2013

By Jon Adler

For more than two centuries, the U.S. Coast Guard has served diligently every day as America's leading maritime law enforcement agency.

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Arresting Active Resisters  

June 26, 2013

By Michael Schlosser

You have to make split-second decisions when it comes to use of force while effecting an arrest. Training in strategy and tactics, control and verbal techniques, and proper use of force are essential for you to make proper decisions.

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Community Involvement  

June 20, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.

<p>Photo by Mark W. Clark.</p>

Financial Literacy for Cops  

June 19, 2013

By Dean Scoville

If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.

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Rethinking SWAT Training  

June 13, 2013

By Will Brink

What SWAT fitness experts are discovering is that some of this wear and tear and incapacitation can be avoided with "smart" training instead of "hard" training. Smart training is real-world oriented and job applicable. It's not just training for the sake of training.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

Cops and Psychology  

June 12, 2013

By Dave Smith

Cops should be most concerned about flaws in studies involving PTSD. Post-traumatic stress wasn't even recognized as a disorder until 1980, and then suddenly it was everywhere, caused by everything and happening to everyone.

<p>Photo by Amaury Murgado.</p>

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol  

May 29, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

I have created a list of items that I've found useful over the years. I recommend you use it to start or perhaps update your own list. Then make sure you carry everything you've decided you need in your squad.

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