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Maximizing Striking Power  

December 23, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

Law enforcement combatives are about obtaining control, and knowing how to strike properly is a big part of that. This concept is brought home every time we see an ineffective officer struggling for control in a YouTube video or in a story on the local nightly news.

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

Cops and Holiday DUIs  

December 23, 2013

By Dean Scoville and Evan Wagner

One study reported that overall alcoholic intake may not be greater among police officers, but officers have higher incidences of binge drinking. Take a moment to consider that…and where you land, particularly as holiday festivities (and New Year's resolutions) approach.

<p>Remember to make use of all resources available to you for an investigation, whatever the type of case. Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office Forensics</p>

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives  

December 23, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

To Serve and Protect  

December 2, 2013

By David Griffith

I don’t know for sure what drove Libke to volunteer as a reserve officer. But I bet it was a desire to serve his community.

<p>Paintball is one way to get immediate training feedback.&nbsp; </p>
<p>Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office</p>

Movement to Contact  

November 14, 2013

By Amaury Murgado

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

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You Have the Right to Record  

October 25, 2013

By Jon Adler

The Citizens Empowerment Act is an attempt to thwart criminal investigations by launching them into the court of YouTube. It would require federal officers to serve written notice to people under investigation that they are entitled to record interviews with the officers.

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Guide to Online Criminal Justice Programs  

October 23, 2013

By Kirsti Correa

View our comprehensive guide to 24 educational providers in the law enforcement realm.

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Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009  

October 18, 2013

By Dean Scoville

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

<p>Illustration by Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Make Your Own Luck  

October 11, 2013

By Dave Smith

I know a lot of crime fighters who begin to wax philosophical after their fifth beer and one of the common axioms I hear is: "I would rather be lucky than good."

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

The Chief Trainer  

October 3, 2013

By William Harvey

You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.

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