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<p>Illlustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

The Crowd  

July 2, 2015

By Dave Smith

He raced to help one of the victims and, as he struggled vainly to save her life, he was stunned by the crowd that gathered around; not to help, but to observe, to…what?

<p>Vertx EDC Courier (Photo: Vertx)</p>

Police Product Test: Vertx EDC Courier Bag  

June 30, 2015

By A.J. George

EDC stands for Every Day Carry and, just like the name implies, this Vertx bag is meant to follow you everywhere.

<p>Retirement can be an opportunity to enjoy hobbies and spending time with family. (Photo: Russ Schaefer)</p>

What Retirement's Really Like  

June 30, 2015

By Melanie Basich

Law enforcement officers are used to not just keeping busy but having a purpose; staying mentally and physically active is key, say police retirees.

<p>When dealing with a controversial crime scene, an agency may need to call in an independent review team.</p>
<p>(Photo: Martinelli and Associates)</p>

Independent Reviews: Just the Facts  

June 30, 2015

By Ron Martinelli and Mark Jarmie

The first thing to recognize is that a political shooting is different from other officer-involved shootings. Very few police agencies are equipped to handle the barrage of media scrutiny, demands for information, interviews, and public records requests generated during a political shooting.

Protecting Blue Civil Rights  

June 30, 2015

By Jon Adler

During National Police Week, the Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos National Blue Alert Act was passed by Congress. Now law enforcement officers need more protection, an amendment to the federal Hate Crimes statute to create the Blue Shield Protection Act.

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser</p>

Strength in Numbers  

June 30, 2015

By Michael Schlosser and Dallas Schlosser

If at all possible, arrests should be made using the principle of mass, which means having two officers for every suspect you arrest. There are two advantages to this: the arrestee is less likely to resist and two officers are more likely to be able to control the suspect if needed.

<p>Greg Meyer</p>

Body Cameras: Keep It Real  

June 30, 2015

By Greg Meyer

Body-worn cameras will be a game-changer, but no new law enforcement technology is the be-all, end-all "silver bullet" that people often think it will be.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Wearing Armor  

June 25, 2015

By Dave Smith

Next to training and modern medicine, the single most important factor in the increased survivability of today's police officer is this modern version of the chainmail worn into combat for centuries by warriors. Back then no clear-thinking fighter would have been caught dead without his mail under his tunic, so what is our excuse?

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Hostage Held in Barricaded House  

June 18, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The victim advises she has been held captive along with her roommate (who is still at the residence) for a week. She tells you she was let out only to buy groceries. She is terrified. You have about 20 minutes before the suspect starts wondering where she is.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Digital Video: Working Under the Microscope  

June 18, 2015

By Greg Meyer

When the public sees a news video that apparently shows an officer committing excessive force, the incessant media-driven quest for "Justice! Now!" puts false hope in the minds of many that there will be quick and easy answers for complex events.

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