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The Detroit Blues  

October 10, 2013

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/vastateparksstaff/7211234600/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Vastateparksstaff</a>/Flickr.</p>

Drawing First Blood  

October 9, 2013

Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.

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What's Really Going On With Crime Rates  

October 9, 2013

For all its censuring of personnel for on-duty trysts and off-duty DUIs, the profession pays curiously little attention to an ongoing transgression perpetrated within it: stat fudging. Misreporting statistics about crime is not a new phenomenon.

<p>Photo courtesy of Saltus Technologies.</p>

E-Citation: A Force Multiplier  

September 27, 2013

Few advancements in law enforcement technology have had more impact nationwide than electronic citation. The technology has been on line a little more than a decade, and e-citation systems are now in use by federal, state, county, and municipal agencies. And they all sing its praises.

<p>Photo courtesy of Mag Instruments.</p>

The Tactical Maglites  

September 25, 2013

Introduced earlier this year, the Mag-Tac line consists of two lights: a patrol model and a tactical model. Both lights are mid-sized, five inches long and one inch in diameter, feature Cree LEDs, and are constructed of aircraft aluminum.

<p>Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff&#39;s Dep. Richard Olszynski was featured in October 2010. Photo: POLICE file</p>

Shots Fired #100: Anywhere, USA  

September 21, 2013

For our 100th "Shots Fired" article, I'm going to step outside the normal formula of our concept and talk about some things I've learned and some heroic officers I've had the honor of interviewing.

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

What It's Like to Be Shot  

September 17, 2013

Perhaps the most significant factor in an officer's ability to recover from a shooting incident is the level of support offered to him by his department. Departments that provide post-shooting support and advocate for their officers in the media and with health care providers are more likely to benefit from their actions in the long run.

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;&quot;http:/www.flickr.com/photos/21855797@N00/3799149156/&quot;&quot; target=&quot;&quot;_blank&quot;&quot;>ReSurge International</a>/Flickr.</p>

The Last Full Measure  

September 10, 2013

Abraham Lincoln spoke of the willingness to fight and die for others as "the last full measure of devotion." Officers who agree to have their organs donated upon death exemplify that devotion.

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

When Silence is Golden  

September 2, 2013

Whenever you see or hear a suspect doing or saying something an innocent person would not, your observations should go into your reports. The suspect's selective silence can sometimes indicate a consciousness of guilt.

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

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical STRYKE Pants  

August 27, 2013

Right out of the bag I was impressed with the STRYKE Pants. The fit and finish is outstanding and the ripstop material is soft yet sturdy. The stitching, pockets, closures are very clean and obviously a step above basic BDUs.

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