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Preventing Training Tragedies: Hard Knocks  

January 1, 2003

Today's DT training is much more gritty, more physical, and closer to an approximation of what officers experience in a real street encounter. Unfortunately, it's also much more dangerous.

Under Siege  

January 1, 2003

Officers of the Hempstead force say they have learned to accept the glares of hate. What they find more unsettling is that they are being surveiled.

Preventing Training Tragedies: Traffic School  

January 1, 2003

Each year more law enforcement officers die in the line of duty from traffic accidents than from any other cause.

Special Report: Preventing Training Tragedies  

January 1, 2003

In this issue of POLICE magazine, we address one of the greatest pressing concerns of police executives and law enforcement: the growing number of serious accidents and even deaths in police training.

Squirrels Don't Forget  

January 1, 2003

Once that gray squirrel had settled into his new home, the California State Police officers who patrol the park experienced a dramatic increase in the number of squirrel bite reports. They went from none to 30 per day.

The Great Persuader  

January 1, 2003

Recently on the U.S. border with Mexico, a Border Patrol officer was caught with no backup while facing an angry mob of illegal aliens bent on crossing into the United States.

How to...Acquire AEDs  

January 1, 2003

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) now come in portable versions that can be carried in patrol cars and used to shock a person's heart into beating again. Although ambulances are equipped with these devices, you, as a first responder, will probably get to a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) before EMTs can respond. And certainly before the patient can get to a hospital with a crash cart.

Ties That Bind  

December 1, 2002

Today there are scores of new and innovative products aimed at keeping officers safe while handling and transporting prisoners.

Killing 'em Softly  

December 1, 2002

Ask police defensive tactics (DT) instructors what's the most frequent cause of injury in their classes and they'll point the finger at an unlikely hazard: mats.

Bah! Humbug! A Cop's Christmas  

December 1, 2002

Holidays can be a trying period for many, but particularly for the police officer. Sandwiched between familial obligations and departmental expectations, pulled from one preventable call to the next, you find your emotions stretched to the point where you'd like nothing better than to find some nice, dank chimney to climb into and hide.

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