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<p>Photo: St. Petersburg (Fla.) PD</p>

How to Use a Pole Camera to Clear an Attic  

July 25, 2014

By St. Petersburg Police Research and Planning

Known as perhaps the most dangerous "fatal funnel" in police work, police officers clearing attic spaces are placed at a significant tactical disadvantage in which they are extremely vulnerable to attack. Tactical pole cameras are recommended technology for officers to reduce their risks when clearing attics, basements, or crawlspaces.

<p><em>Sgt. Kim Hamilton of the Williamsburg PD drives through a housing complex: &ldquo;Criminals know you can try to come through [Williamsburg]&mdash;but we&rsquo;ll catch you.&rdquo; (Photo: Kristine Meldrum Denholm)</em></p>

Williamsburg: Policing Where the Present Meets the Past  

July 20, 2014

By Kristine Meldrum Denholm

A former NYPD cop, Hamilton moved to this quiet Tidewater community more than 15 years ago after her child waited for a bus in New York next to a dead body.

Dealing with Confirmation Bias  

July 17, 2014

By Amaury Murgado

One of the biggest things you can do to correct confirmation bias is to try to disprove your theories instead of trying to prove them. It seems it is human nature to stop working once you have proven your theory to your own satisfaction.

Good, Bad, and Awful News: A Month on the Job  

July 17, 2014

By David Griffith

Each week, the staff here at POLICE posts a couple dozen or more news items on PoliceMag.com. Here's a snapshot of what we covered, good, bad, and awful, in June.

<p>Photo: Orange County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office</p>

Policing Tourist Areas: Working Where Others Play  

July 17, 2014

By Kristine Meldrum Denholm

Law enforcement officers who work in tourism towns have a two-fold mission, protecting the locals and protecting the droves of tourists that the locals depend upon for their livelihood and their departments depend upon for operating funds. That may sound crass but law enforcement agencies in destination areas have to be aware of the numbers and what they mean.

<p>Photo courtesy of Chris Felski/ATF</p>

Tactical Medicine in Transition  

July 15, 2014

By David Griffith

So if emergency medical response during critical incidents is now going to be performed by patrol officers and individual SWAT operators, do law enforcement agencies still need tactical medical support? The experts say yes and for a variety of reasons.

<p>Photo: iStock</p>

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest  

July 11, 2014

By Devallis Rutledge

Just when it looks like a rule is finally refined to the point of general understanding, the Supreme Court takes an unexpected turn, as it recently did on the subject of searching an arrestee's cell phone incident to his arrest.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Hitting the Reset Button  

July 10, 2014

By Dave Smith

When you hear a war story, imagine yourself in the situation, "preloading" yourself for success in similar incidents.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Cowboy Up  

June 30, 2014

By Dave Smith

John Wayne knew the canyon was dangerous and was ready. Our ambushes occur in a modern-day canyon of houses, vehicles, and woods, and we also need to have the Duke's "always prepared" mindset.

<p>Photo: Bates</p>

Police Product Test: Bates Delta Nitro 8" SZ Boots  

June 30, 2014

By A.J. George

The Delta Nitros are extremely comfortable, flexible, and supportive without the need for insoles or breaking in, something few boots can claim. They do this and still maintain the feel of a real boot.

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