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A lightweight rain jacket from Watershed is ideal for motorcycle officers.

Stormy Weather Wear  

November 1, 2003

You start to think to yourself, "How could this shift get any worse?" And the heavens answer with a torrent of rain. But you can't seek shelter. You've got a job to do.

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Standing is your best position for a long-range shot, but it also gives your adversary a big target.

Dialing Long Distance  

November 1, 2003

We all know that most police-involved shootings develop at a range of just a few feet. But there are exceptions. It’s not easy to hit a target in combat at long range with a pistol. But it can be done.

Corruption: Breaking the Code of Silence  

October 1, 2003

Not one of the officers contacted for "Cracking Down on Bad Cops" would admit that they or their colleagues had ever been affected by the code of silence. Their comments went something like this: "The code of silence is not part of the culture of this agency."

"Narc"  

October 1, 2003

If you are looking for a down-and-dirty cop movie with a compelling story and great performance, then "Narc" will fit the bill.

Corruption: Policing the Police  

October 1, 2003

Among more polite officers, internal affairs is thought of as a necessary evil. In less polite, more candid circles it's thought of in less savory terms like "the secret police" and "the rat squad."

Walking away from a car with the keys in the ignition is standard operating procedure for some law enforcement agencies.

Grand Theft Cop Car  

October 1, 2003

Complacency can kill. Whether it's something as mundane as not wearing your seat belt while driving or not wearing body armor during a high-risk entry, failure to take preventive measures can have disastrous results.

Getting Ready for the Big One  

October 1, 2003

Terrorism can happen anywhere, at any time.

Improvised Weapons  

October 1, 2003

It's time to think outside the box-way outside the box.

Chief Accountability  

October 1, 2003

Sometimes the man or woman in charge shoulders the blame, even when not personally involved in an incident.

Crocodile Wrestling  

October 1, 2003

Sometimes dead bodies cause cops more trouble than live subjects.

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