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How to Purchase Patrol Rifles  

March 1, 2004

By Dave Douglas

The regular patrol force is being tasked with taking immediate action in those fortunately infrequent events where SWAT would have been called in the past. We are finding that not only do patrol officers' tactics need to change, but the equipment patrol brings to the field needs to change as well.

BlackHawk’s gas mask adapter kit allows you to drink through your mask.

Gas Masks and Air Packs  

March 1, 2004

By Shawn Hughes

While actually known by professionals as Air Purifying Respirators (APRs) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs), gas masks and air packs, once only found with specialized units, are fast becoming a staple in the patrol officer and first responder's gear bag.

Respirator Roundup  

March 1, 2004

By Shawn Hughes

There are many respirators out there for police officers to choose from. Here are some of the best units available that meet the special needs of the police officer.

In the Crosshairs  

March 1, 2004

By Derrick D. Bartlett

What happened that day in Texas should have served as a wake-up call to law enforcement agencies worldwide. But the Texas Tower incident was treated as an anomaly, a once-in-a-lifetime event that couldn't possibly happen again. And the law enforcement community has chosen to largely ignore this threat.

After the Echo  

March 1, 2004

By Russ Clagett

It’s her left hand, and there’s a gun in it. I quarter her head with my reticle. Then I see her gun hand come up fully in line with the entry team members. She straightens her arm as if taking aim, and I squeeze the trigger.

Backing Down the Bloc  

March 1, 2004

By Ramesh Nyberg

The projectile whizzed towards me through the smoke, bounced on the asphalt just in front of my left foot, and careened upward, striking me in my upper thigh. My big plastic shield, blaring POLICE on the front, had been circumvented by a lucky shot.

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.

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