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Consent to Search  

November 1, 2002

In a motor vehicle, it may not always be clear who has authority to grant permission for a search.

Big Game Hunters  

November 1, 2002

Unfortunately, the big game hunter spends so much time waiting for the big arrest that lots of good and equally important enforcement duties are missed. And that could have dire consequences.

The conventional one-hand shooting method is to step toward the target and cant the gun inward.

One-Hand Engagement  

November 1, 2002

You don't like doing it, I don't like doing it…no one I know likes shooting with one hand. But quite often, how you shoot determines whether or not you go back to the street or end up in an office job riding a desk.

Your Worst Nightmare  

November 1, 2002

Talk to Officer Don Gause, an eight-year veteran of the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Police Department, and he'll tell you that a needle stick or accidental exposure to HIV, hepatitis, or any other bloodborne pathogen is absolutely his greatest fear.

Snatched! Rescuing Stolen Kids  

October 1, 2002

To anyone casually tuning into American TV or perusing a major U.S. newspaper, it looked like the country had been beset by an epidemic of kidnapped children.

Angry Croquet Players and Missing Ships  

October 1, 2002

Cops have to deal with all sorts of silly fights people people get into, and some are dang near as deadly as shoot-outs. Just imagine how the cops in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, felt when they got called to a riot involving "softballers and croquet players."

Survive Encounters with EDPs  

October 1, 2002

Emotionally disturbed persons, or EDPs, present a major challenge to the law enforcement officer sent to deal with their sometimes bizarre and frequently unpredictable behavior.

Swimming the Witch  

October 1, 2002

Police officers swept up in a high-profile case involving accusations of racism and excessive force probably sympathize with those poor swimming witches. Except their trial is not by water, it's by media.

On the Cutting Edge  

October 1, 2002

No department would dare let said officer hit the street without training and instruction in policies governing the use of a pistol. Many PDs even have policies regarding the use of flashlights. But in most departments an edged weapon/cutting tool clipped to the pocket of the officer's duty pants flies under the radar.

Defense Dollars  

October 1, 2002

Most cities and counties have increased police and fire funding since 9-11, but in many cases, budget bumps can barely meet newly established needs.

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