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Unleashing the Warrior Spirit  

March 1, 2003

What about learning how to become the aggressor? That's right, you need to know how to become the attacker and let your assailant react to you.

The Stuff of Life  

March 1, 2003

It may seem obvious to everyone but old-fashioned football coaches, drill sergeants, and police academy PT instructors, but people exerting themselves in the hot sun need water. You need water for your body to function normally, and therefore to do your job.

Starting from Scratch  

March 1, 2003

Founding a police department is a challenge that not many people would want to assume. But that's the task that faced the civic leaders of Federal Way, Washington.

Battlefield Medicine  

March 1, 2003

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

America In the Crosshairs: Inside NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Bureau  

February 1, 2003

NYPD's counter-terrorism unit works out of a windowless brick building somewhere in one of the five boroughs of the Big Apple. To the average person passing by, the building looks no different than any of the other rundown buildings in the area. It's covered with graffiti, surrounded by nondescript private cars, and shadowed by a worn elevated commercial billboard.

The Cost of Starting a K-9 Unit  

February 1, 2003

According to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), insufficient public funding is the number one reason canine programs fail.

Tags: K-9 Units
Example of handheld computers in the field.  Panasonic PDA at traffic stop.

PDAs on Patrol  

February 1, 2003

Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.

The Elite Gum Squad  

February 1, 2003

Who knew police work included scraping gum and hiking up live volcanoes?

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix  

February 1, 2003

Blood stains are really hard to get out. And today, with the advent of DNA matching, it’s even harder for criminals to mask their violent deeds, as just trace amounts of blood and other biological materials can put investigators hot on their trail.

Tags: DNA, Funding

How to...Start a K-9 Unit  

February 1, 2003

Initiating your agency’s first K-9 unit is a daunting task. If you’re willing to accept this challenge, then the first thing you need is the support of your department.

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