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<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.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Hunting for Shooting Mastery  

November 13, 2012

By Dave Smith

Some trainers say it takes 5,000 reps or five years to master a weapon or a skill, but that doesn't match the research. The research says we don't know how many reps or how long it will take YOU to master a skill.

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

One Stance, Three Uses  

October 24, 2012

By Amaury Murgado

As street cops we can break down three major areas in which we use some type of stance: field interviewing, fighting (obtaining control), and shooting. Many police academies and law enforcement agencies have a variation for each of the three areas described. My question is why?

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

Readiness Bags  

October 23, 2012

By Amaury Murgado

A go bag is usually filled with loaded magazines, water, and snacks. It's a stop-gap to keep you functioning while away from your patrol car and main resources for a few hours.

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

K-9 Training Challenges  

October 16, 2012

By Melanie Basich

A police K-9 isn't a simple weapon used to attack suspects. At least not anymore. Temperament, sensory ability, and certain natural drives are just some of the considerations. Not just any dog has what it takes to work in law enforcement.

<p>Photo courtesy of Brian Logan.</p>

N.J. Detective Splits Time as Cop and Football Coach  

October 3, 2012

By Melanie Basich

Det. Brian Logan of the Newark (N.J.) PD works the night shift verifying tips in a Crime Stoppers van so he can spend his afternoons coaching his local high school football team.

<p>Photo courtesy of Leslie Pond.</p>

How to Identify a Fake ID  

September 7, 2012

By Leslie Pond

Let's focus on the security features that aren't successfully replicated, such as micro print. Micro print is extremely small printed text that, to the naked eye, appears to be a solid line. When magnified, the letters are clear, distinct, and readable.

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

Drug Interdiction for Patrol  

September 5, 2012

By Amaury Murgado

You can't single-handedly win the "War on Drugs" as a patrol officer, but keen eyes and attention to detail on traffic stops can make an impact. A simple traffic stop could very well lead to a disruption in a drug supply line.

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