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Personal Threat Levels  

February 1, 2004

By Michael T. Rayburn

If you're in condition green, go about your life just as you would proceed through an intersection. If you're in condition yellow, use caution and be prepared because condition red may be just around the corner. If condition red does present itself, stop and be prepared to deal with the threat.

Knock Before Entry  

February 1, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

Is it always necessary to comply with knock notice before forcing entry to serve a search warrant?

Butt Identity  

February 1, 2004

By Commander Gilmore

Cops often have their work cut out for them.

When the Lights Went Out  

February 1, 2004

By Shelly Feuer Domash

By most accounts, the great Northeast blackout of 2003 turned out to be a successful training exercise in post-9/11 emergency procedures for local police departments.

Police Combative Academy principles Louis Marquez, left, and Hans Marrero, right, demonstrate an open-hand technique designed to knock a knife out of a suspect’s hand.

The School of Hard Knocks  

February 1, 2004

By David Griffith

The introduction comes in the form of a three-minute round of body sparring in a 6X6-foot ring against the trainers, all noted martial artists and police DT instructors in their own right. Both the students and the instructors wear 16-ounce boxing gloves and headgear, but they still get hit and it still hurts.

Photo via Runs With Scissors (Flickr.com).

Use of Force on Prisoners  

January 3, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

Documentation and self-control are the keys to protecting yourself against charges of unreasonable force on persons in custody.

"To Live and Die in L.A."  

January 1, 2004

By George Eliseo

If you want a great and gritty thriller, check out this often overlooked gem.

Mental Illness Can Kill...You  

January 1, 2004

By Dean Scoville

Confrontations with emotionally disturbed subjects put officers’ lives at risk.

Draw The Line  

January 1, 2004

By Gary Paul Johnston

The art of establishing perimeters can mean the difference between success and failure.

Although it might look different than most tactical knives you’ve used, the Buck- Strider PUK is designed for excellent grip and has a tough, sharp blade.

Buck-Strider Police Utility Knife  

January 1, 2004

By Scott Smith

This unusual folding knife is built tough enough for daily duty and designed for close defense.

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