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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.

Be One of the Good Guys  

January 1, 2004

By Steven M. Click

We got so used to being the enemy that we didn’t know what we’d lost until the Fall of 2001.

Tags: 9/11

The California Wildfires  

January 1, 2004

By Charles Gary

Last fall, the map of Southern California looked like that map of Nevada that goes up in flames at the start of old “Bonanza” TV reruns. On the front lines with county firefighters, law enforcement officials—particularly county sheriff’s department personnel—played a key role in protecting citizens threatened by the inferno.

How to...Crack Down on Gangs  

January 1, 2004

By Shelly Feuer Domash

Gang activity continues to steadily rise throughout the United States, despite law enforcement’s attempts to deal with the epidemic. It’s like a cancer that begins in a vital organ and then spreads its deadly cells throughout the body, defying efforts to eradicate the disease. The most essential tool in fighting this battle, departments say, is communication.

Shock Treatment  

January 1, 2004

By Michael L. Janin

Because the high-powered Taser has been so swiftly fielded by so many agencies, there is no consensus on how officers who carry the weapon should be trained. Despite the fact that Taser International no longer emphasizes that all users should be stunned with the weapon, people at the company believe there are many reasons for departments to consider mandatory exposure.

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