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With small blades without a handle, the suspect will usually hold the blade between the thumb and index finger using a standard grip.

Small Edged Weapons

Many of the criminals now being released have learned to use small edged weapons in prison. Some of these inmates are very skilled at using these blades to slice and kill. Job one for a police officer is to not get cut and to stop the attack. After viewing these photos, read our full article, "Defending Against Small Edged Weapons."

Three of the LAPD's American Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopters patrol near Dodger Stadium.

LAPD's Air Support Division

The LAPD Air Support Division is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement organization in the U.S. and operates from the LAPD Hooper Heliport. The helicopter crews assist with thousands of arrests, pursuits and crimes in progress each year. The LAPD's airborne law enforcement program began with one helicopter in 1956. Today, the Air Support Division is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world and logged more than 18,000 flight hours in 2011. Photos courtesy of the LAPD's Air Support Angel's Foundation.

Sandbags are one great way to develop the functional strength you require on the job. The sandbag lift is a total body exercise that enhances motor control and core strength. This is the start point of a 100-pound sandbag lift.

Odd Objects

You can develop a great deal of strength in the weight room, but traditional barbell lifts won't help you to perform a real-life tasks on the job like sandbag lifts and rope pulls will. I recommend adding odd object lifting to your exercise regimen to increase functional strength and add variety to your program. Read our feature, "Odd Object Training," for the full story.

5.11 Tactical's Light for Life PC 3.300 flashlight charges in 90 seconds thanks to state-of-the-art patented technology. This lightweight, water-resistant, mid-size duty/utility flashlight produces 200 lumens and features a crack- and bend-resistant polymer body.

Duty Lights: 2011

Every cop needs at least one reliable flashlight for duty, and most own a few for various situations. Here are 11 models from leading gear suppliers if you're in the market for a light.

The truth is there are few areas on a vehicle that offer  the least bit of cover. Some areas that do provide some cover are the  engine block, rims, ballistic doors (if the vehicle is equipped with  them), and not much else. By using kneeling and crouching shooting  positions you can make better use of the cover and concealment a vehicle  has to offer.

Using Vehicles for Concealment and Cover

Every well-trained cop can explain the difference between cover and concealment. Because you may have to use your vehicle for cover or concealment in the heat of a gunfight, you'll want to familiarize yourself with three shooting positions—kneeling, crouching, and not hugging cover—to effectively respond to a threat. After viewing the photos, read the full article, "Cars, Cover, and Concealment."

Start from the Standing Basic Search position. Note the downward pressure on the suspect's hands to anchor them in place and slow down escapes.

Two Dynamic Takedowns

An officer must be able to handle a suspect who becomes resistive or combative during a pat-down search. Here are two moves you can use that will help you take him to the ground, so you keep yourself safe and in control of the situation. Read our full article, "Dynamic Takedown Techniques."

A shaped water charge detonates under the trunk of a training car to disable a bomb in the trunk.

Joining the Bomb Squad

From the Vault: POLICE Magazine featured the article, "Why I Joined the Bomb Squad," in its September 2008 issue and the topic is just as relevant today. Mexican drug cartels have used car bombs in Juarez, and San Diego deputies supervised the burning of a "bomb factory" house in December. Joining an agency's bomb squad is a career path most people, even cops, consider crazy. Det. Dave Scraggs explains his reason — the threat is prevalent. Photos courtesy of Det. Scraggs.

The technique presented is simply known as the Standing Basic Search, which commences after the subject has placed his hands behind his head and spread his legs. You'll want to first position the body, limit the mobility, and control the hands.

Safe Pat-Down Searches

Searching people in a standing position is something deputies and officers do every day. As such, officer safety is a primary concern. View this photo gallery for a step-by-step approach to help you safely conduct a pat-down or Terry search for weapons. Read the full article, "Safe Searching: The Standing Basic Search." Photos courtesy of Sgt. James Harbison.

Don't wait until a suspect has his hands on your weapon to think about weapon retention. You should try not to let the suspect near your duty belt in the first place.

Gun Grabs: 3 Techniques

When asked to demonstrate weapon retention, most officers place both hands on their holstered handgun and move their hips violently from side to side. This is a good technique. Here are three additional techniques that can help you keep your duty weapon out of the hands of the bad guy. For the full story, read "Stopping Gun Grabs."

A palm strike can deliver significant force, yet it is unlikely to break your hand. Start with both hands up protecting the head and face in a blocking position.

Four Safer Strikes

There are arguments for and against law enforcement officers using closed-hand punches. It can be better to avoid hitting a suspect with your bare knuckles so you don't injure your hands so you can't pull a trigger, hold a baton or continue striking with a broken hand. Here are four safer strikes—palm strike, bottom fist strike, knee strike and elbow strike—when dealing with a violent suspect. Our related article, "Safer Strikes," explains how to avoid bloodborne pathogens.

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