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 A tactical team practices entry techniques at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.

Head of the Class  

April 1, 2004

By William Harvey

The Center's mission is to provide no-cost counterdrug training and education to law enforcement and drug demand reduction specialists across the 18 northeastern United States spanning Maine to Virginia and west to Wisconsin.

The Good Follower  

March 1, 2004

By Mark G. Stainbrook

When everyone tries to be the leader at the same time, nothing gets done.

Do You Smell Smoke?  

March 1, 2004

By David Griffith

Smoking is about as good for you as drinking toxic waste, although it's a lot more satisfying.

Make Yourself a Leader  

March 1, 2004

By Mark Stainbrook

No asset is more valuable in contemporary American policing than the ability to take charge and get others to follow.

Consider carrying your handcuffs on the front of your duty belt. This way you won’t have to reach behind your back to access them, a move that could give a suspect a chance to escape or attack.

Duty Belt Deconstruction  

March 1, 2004

By David Kleinman

While some safety measures may seem insignificant now, they might actually save your life someday. Start by looking at your duty belt. Did you configure the items on it because they work best that way for you, or because everyone else does it that way?

Vehicle Checkpoints  

March 1, 2004

By Devallis Rutledge

The U.S. Supreme Court recently considered whether it was permissible under the Fourth Amendment for law enforcement officers to locate witnesses to a fatal hit-and-run accident by setting up a checkpoint to stop vehicles.

Folded Pieces of Paper  

March 1, 2004

By John Richter

I think it was the little folded pieces of notebook paper that did it. Even now, years later, I can still remember it as though it happened only yesterday. Watching the little square pieces of paper gently flapping in the breeze as they lay in the roadway pushed the whole thing deep into my memory.

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.

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