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Manufacturers continue to update ammo design, but does it really make a difference in the field?

There Are No Magic Bullets  

June 1, 2003

That constant search, that timeless endeavor by rangemasters everywhere for the "perfect" bullet goes on. But a perfect bullet doesn't exist, and it probably won't, unless somebody invents a "Star Trek" phaser.

NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly (in suit and tie) walks Broadway with some of his staff officers.

Death Takes A Holiday  

June 1, 2003

The murder rate has been dropping nationwide, and nowhere is it dropping faster than on the streets of America's formerly most dangerous cities.

Priceless  

June 1, 2003

If your department lets you carry a backup gun, and you don't have one, get one. If you have one and don't carry it because its uncomfortable or you just don't think you need it, then ask yourself, what will you do if some recently paroled pumped-up gorilla takes your sidearm away and tries to turn it on you?

Police Suicides: Losing Yourself  

May 1, 2003

While many see the suicide as an admission of guilt, experts say it's more likely caused by an officer's fear of losing his or her badge, his or her identity as a cop.

Police Suicide: Cop Killer  

May 1, 2003

Everything has just gone to hell since the internal affairs investigation. And nothing makes sense anymore. So John takes out his off-duty piece, an old wheel gun. He sits down on the bed, puts one in the cylinder, snaps it shut, and stares down at the blued metal machinery in his hand. The world around him is very quiet as he starts to raise the weapon to his head.

Police Suicide: Survivor Stories  

May 1, 2003

Judith Gentry’s husband Tom killed himself six years ago in their bedroom. A trained ICU nurse, Gentry’s no stranger to the stress and trauma of emergencies, but when she heard a gunshot and found her husband dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, she called a girlfriend instead of dialing 911.

Police Suicide: Eating a Gun  

May 1, 2003

Why do cops almost always choose guns as the way to take their lives? Cops are familiar with guns.

How Smart Could He Be?  

May 1, 2003

"Listen, man! Give yourself up! It's no good! There're a thousand cops out here!" he yelled toward the building in exasperation.

Searching suspects is always dangerous. A thorough search technique is essential to keeping yourself and other officers safe.

Search Patterns  

May 1, 2003

Patting down a suspect is serious business and you can never be reminded enough of the hazards of doing it poorly.

Suicide is Not Painless  

May 1, 2003

Killing yourself is an act of emotional violence against your friends and family.

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