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<p>Photo courtesy of Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office Forensics Unit.</p>

What CSIs Want You to Know  

February 6, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

As for responding officers, the question for us becomes twofold. First, do we appreciate the importance of CSI's role and, second (oftentimes more important), do we appreciate the importance of our own role in crime scene handling and processing?

<p>Photo courtesy of Jeff Baker.</p>

The Bulge in Blue  

January 25, 2013

By Jeff Baker

The plan here is to introduce a Monday-Wednesday-Friday exercise regimen that is unique, fast (sub-30 minutes each), and cheap. Do as you read here for six weeks and you'll be nothing less than shocked at the level of strength and conditioning you attain with so little time invested in each workout.

<p>Photo courtesy of Michael Rayburn.</p>

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home  

January 23, 2013

By Michael T. Rayburn

As law enforcement officers we find it hard to think of ourselves as "victims." We tend to think that robberies, burglaries, and home invasions happen to other people, not to us. After all, we're the cops. Unfortunately, crime can affect anyone, even us.

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Misguided Legislation  

January 23, 2013

By Jon Adler

Disabled federal agents face severe and unwarranted reductions to their Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) benefits should Title III of S. 1789, the "21st Century Postal Service Act," become law.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant  

January 10, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

Any time you react you are processing information and making decisions using the OODA loop. The OODA loop consists of four parts: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.

<p>Illustration:&nbsp;<span>Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

What Are You Seeing?  

January 2, 2013

By Dave Smith

Everyone is well aware that humans are visual creatures. It is far and away our most dominant sense and that is one of the reasons I get so frustrated that we have so many distracters in our modern patrol vehicles.

<p>Photo: Tom Wetzel</p>

Last-Ditch Impact Weapon Training  

December 20, 2012

By Tom Wetzel

What happens if a suspect has closed in on you to a point where you do not have time to clear a handgun jam, replace an ECD cartridge, or re-holster a canister of OC spray? Training to use your force option tools as impact weapons may help prepare you for such an encounter and could help stop or slow an assault against you.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

ABCs of In-Progress Calls  

December 20, 2012

By Amaury Murgado

In-progress calls evolve within a framework of controlled chaos. You can help improve your management of the situation by remembering the ABCs of in-progress calls: Assess the situation, Basics rule the day, and Contain it or lose it.

<p><span>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

Code Three Syndrome  

December 18, 2012

By Dave Smith

Code three is lights and siren, and man is it fun. You are lord of the road, racing here and there to accidents, crimes in progress, officer needs assistance, and whatever crisis needs a uniformed hero ASAP.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

How to Approach Traffic Stops  

November 26, 2012

By Amaury Murgado

Experience teaches that there is nothing routine about what we do once we hit the streets. Traffic stops are no exception. A traffic stop generally has two threat levels; you are either at risk or at high risk.

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