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Cops are Not Ninjas  

July 16, 2015

By Mildred K. "Missy" O'Linn

Understand that the law throughout this country is that officers are permitted to use objectively reasonable force under the totality of the circumstances, and that means they do not have to use deadly force only if nothing else would work.

Do Police Have to be Perfect?  

July 16, 2015

By David Griffith

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

Waze'd and Confused  

July 16, 2015

By Jon Adler

Why are companies like Google offering the Waze app through their online app stores, without any regard for officer safety? It's hard to get a straight answer.

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

Officer Suicide by Cop  

July 15, 2015

By Amaury Murgado

The officer told his ex-girlfriend that if she didn't get back together with him, he would call the agency himself and create a situation where they would have to kill him.

<p>Photo: Hurst Jaws of Life</p>

A Fistful of Hydraulic Power  

July 14, 2015

By David Griffith

The StrongArm is a lightweight, compact battery-driven hydraulic tool. It can break open metal or wooden doors and cut through chains, rebar, security bars, and even two-by-fours.

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

Entries and Civil Liability  

July 7, 2015

By Devallis Rutledge

Fortunately, the Supreme Court recently overturned two federal court rulings that had exposed officers to potential liability in cases involving warrantless entries.

<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.

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