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<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.

Police Product Test: Rocky S2V Vented Military Duty Boots  

May 28, 2013

By A.J. George

The S2V is an 8.5-inch leather and 1,000-denier Cordura nylon boot with a proprietary Vibram sole that is made in the USA. Rocky's Dri-Lex material and Lycra spandex line the boot, which allows for a snug fit while wicking moisture away from your skin.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

The Dangers of Distracted Driving  

May 22, 2013

By Mark D. Reese

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

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Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?  

May 21, 2013

By Dean Scoville

Unlike most cornered suspects, the active, retired, or terminated cop who fights his former peers does so with a weapons cache that is wholly different from that of the usual suspects, one that comes with the experience, training, and tactical awareness unique to those who have worked in the profession.

<p>Photo by Paul Clinton.</p>

The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative  

May 14, 2013

By David Griffith

The goal of the VALOR Initiative is to help officers rediscover and hone their officer safety skills. Regional VALOR training sessions are conducted at no cost to the host agency or to the officers who attend.

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

The P-Word  

May 14, 2013

By Dave Smith

Panic has little place in the modern world, and for a crime fighter it can be a killer; action is our mantra, and preparation is our antidote.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.</p>

How to Recruit Campus Police and Security Personnel  

April 19, 2013

By Robin Hattersley Gray

School, university and hospital officials who understand the role their police and security officers play in supporting their organization's mission will be better prepared to attract and hire the right officers. Here, eight campus public safety executives describe what they want in a candidate.

<p>Photo: Wes Doss</p>

Training Accidents  

April 16, 2013

By David Griffith

No one keeps complete nationwide statistics on law enforcement training accidents, but they are a significant cause of death and serious injury in the line of duty. Most training accidents share one common trait: They could have been prevented.

<p>Photo: Wes Doss</p>

The Tragedy of Training Accidents  

April 16, 2013

By David Griffith

When an officer is shot and killed in a training session, odds are some other officer pulled the trigger. The result is devastating for the officers of the agency involved and for the friends and families of both officers.

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