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Tactical and Practical Handcuffing  

August 1, 2006

By Greg Amundson

Patrol handcuffing techniques vary by department policy and individual officer preference. The goal should always be simple and direct: Get the handcuffs on the suspect. However, being prepared with a handcuffing strategy and technique will improve your confidence on the streets.

Concealed Comfort  

August 1, 2006

By Melanie Basich

The latest in concealable armor provides comfort and flexibility while still offering the protection you need from everyday dangers on the job.

Limiting SWAT Liability  

August 1, 2006

By Eugene P. Ramirez

The good old days of being able to kick down doors, port windows, and throw flash bangs as officers run through a house are over. The modern theories of SWAT tactics now depend less on the old style dynamic entries on every warrant service. Instead, more teams are implementing the concepts of surround and call-out, limited penetration, wait and take down, sustained negotiations, and other similar tactics.

How to Evaluate a Training Program  

August 1, 2006

By Dave Young

You have many opportunities for training outside of your agency. But how do you tell which classes are suitable for you and whether what you learn in those classes will work on the street?

Closing the Tantra Lake Rape Case  

August 1, 2006

By Chuck Heidel

Like most rape investigations, the Tantra Lake serial rape case began with the terror and tears of a young woman who was being attacked by a man. It ended after years of complex and difficult work by the detectives of the Boulder Police Department.

Self Sacrifice  

July 1, 2006

By Mark G. Stainbrook

"Let us stop being selfish…to the ideas of the common good and of our existence, everything must be sacrificed." —General Jose de San Martin

Guard Droppers  

July 1, 2006

By Dan Pasquale

Most departments forget to train officers for one very dangerous time on the job: the “safe” times, after a suspect has been arrested.

Defined Benefit  

July 1, 2006

By David Griffith

A strong and generous pension is the least society can do for your years of service.

Shots Fired: Binghamton, N.Y. 05/14/2002  

July 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

New York State Troopers Shawn Dean and John Spero had been parked at the side of the highway, driver’s window-to-driver’s window, comparing notes and spooking speeders into slowing down. Dean was content with the notion that everyone was pretty much adhering to the speed limit, if only for the moment. At six o’clock p.m., it was the mid-point of his shift, and Spero’s stint was almost over.

Know Their Flight Plans  

July 1, 2006

By Jack H. Schonely

When it comes to apprehending fleeing suspects, understanding the tactics being used by those suspects is as important as understanding the tactics practiced by law enforcement. The criminal element has learned how law enforcement operates and criminals have adjusted their tactics.

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