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Present the least vulnerable target. If you are under fire, you find cover. The same principle applies here. If you are physically attacked, you move, you angle, you put something between you and the attack (in this case, most likely your arms).

Surviving Knife Attacks  

June 1, 2004

By Ernest Emerson

As a police officer you often find yourself in a position where knife attacks are most likely to occur: within arm’s reach of an unknown individual with unknown intent. It’s a worst-case scenario, but it can happen at any time. Click here to view these knife techniques in streaming video.

How to Police the Homeless  

June 1, 2004

By Charles Gary

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies across the country are many times handcuffed by the complexities of dealing with a transient—and often mentally ill—population. Fortunately, new ideas—as well as a few reliable old ones—are available to help.

Your Leadership Toolbox  

May 1, 2004

By Mark G. Stainbrook

As a student of leadership, throughout your police career you will be expanding on your education, training, and experience, and building a "leadership toolbox."

We Have Work to Do  

May 1, 2004

By James J. Fotis

If you want the federal “cop carry” bill to be law, then make your voices heard.

All Keyed Up  

May 1, 2004

By Dean Scoville

The advent of portable police radios severed the umbilical cord that tied a cop to his or her car. Portable police radios have since assisted officers with timely broadcasts of suspect information, expedited requests for fire and rescue, and saved lives.

The author’s background as an officer in the field, a manufacturer, dealer, department purchaser, and writer, gives him a unique perspective on the problems encountered by agencies looking at new equipment.

Don't Believe the Hype  

May 1, 2004

By Roy Huntington

Lest we all get too caught up in a case of the "gotta-have-its," we elected to take a quick look at the need for change, and how it must be balanced with an agency's budget, real-world threats, and ability to train its officers.

Hearsay and Confrontation  

May 1, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

Hearsay rules confound police, lawyers, and judges alike. "Hearsay" is a statement made outside the courtroom that might be true or false, repeated in court to prove that it was true.

A Very Bad Choice  

May 1, 2004

By Jim McDevitt

Perhaps these dummies had their eyes on one of the stolen cars we'd recovered parked in front of the precinct and figured they'd change the plates and drive off. Then again, these guys weren't deep thinkers and I'd probably be giving them too much credit for thinking that far ahead.

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit  

May 1, 2004

By Mark Kariya

Today, more and more departments all over the world are adding bicycles to their arsenal of tools. Like any new tool or method, of course, barriers must be torn down. In the case of bicycles, the old attitude is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting a bike patrol unit.

Three officers test patrol boots from five manufacturers and share their opinions.

Trial Run: Duty Boots  

May 1, 2004

By Melanie Basich

POLICE magazine asked three police officers from the Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department to wear five pairs of patrol boots for one shift each and tell us what they thought. Officers Dave Atwater, Denise Brenner, and Corey King gave their ratings to their test boots.

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