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Going Door to Door  

July 1, 2006

By Ramesh Nyberg

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

How to Cope with a Shooting  

July 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

One of the most stressful episodes an officer can face during his or her career is making the decision to shoot and dealing with the aftermath. Officer-involved shootings spawn a variety of questions, and many of them may be unanswerable.

The Evangelist  

June 1, 2006

By David Griffith

Dave Grossman is a man on a mission. By all rights, the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and Ranger should be enjoying a life of leisure. Instead, Grossman spends most of his life on the road, traveling from town to town like a tent evangelist teaching law enforcement officers and military personnel about the psychological and physiological effects of combat and preaching a contemporary version of the warrior code.

The Crusader  

June 1, 2006

By David Griffith

Educating America about the effects of violent entertainment on children is Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s second mission.

The Key to Auto Theft  

June 1, 2006

By Dan Pasquale

As the mercury begins to rise, so does the crime rate nationwide. Auto theft is certainly among those warm-weather crimes of opportunity, and one that routinely spikes around this time of year. One of the easiest auto theft techniqes to detect is the use of shaved keys.

Eyes Wide Shut  

June 1, 2006

By David Griffith

Many Americans have failed to learn the real message of that day. We were not attacked by a small band of zealots with box cutters but an ideology that still thrives in the world and must be defeated before there can be peace.

Shots Fired: Rapid City, South Dakota 04/18/2003  

June 1, 2006

By Dean Scoville

Officer Spencer O'Bryan had been with the Rapid City Police Department for more than four years when he got off work at 3 a.m. on April 18, 2003.

Blade Tech MLEK Folding Knife  

June 1, 2006

By Scott Smith

Years ago, I needed a holster for a Novak-built STI International 1911. I searched high and low to no avail. Then I learned that a small Washington-based company called Blade Tech was making custom holsters out of Kydex. I sent them my STI, and they made an excellent holster that fit it perfectly.

Anticipatory Search Warrants  

June 1, 2006

By Devallis Rutledge

Can you get a search warrant in advance that will authorize you to enter and search for the suspected items once the designated time arrives or the triggering event occurs? According to a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the answer is, yes.

Backing Up is Hard to Do  

June 1, 2006

By Dave Smith

Ask risk managers to tell you what causes the majority of vehicular accidents, and they will all sing the same tune: "Backing Up Is Hard To Do."

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