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In this training scenario, the officer is at a disadvantage because he can’t draw his weapon until the bad guys make their moves.

Improving the Odds  

September 1, 2002

For some reason, most officers have a vision of a gunfight as being one shooter against another. The reality of such incidents is much different and even deadlier. An alarming number of police gunfights involve more than one bad guy against a single cop.

Body armor uses layers of super strong fibers to slow bullets.

Shock Absorbers  

August 1, 2002

If you are shot while wearing body armor, you will still feel the energy of the bullet's impact. But if the armor works, the force will be spread out over your entire torso rather than in just a specific area.

Scarce Ammo and Surprising Shots  

August 1, 2002

None of the politicos knew until it was over that many of the officers only had one bullet each, and many of them had no ammunition at all.

Charles J. Mader

Don't You Have Better Things to Do?  

August 1, 2002

Police work is not intended to generate revenue. This happens because the command staff allows it to happen and they, in turn, sell out their police officers and the entire law enforcement community.

Code 7  

July 1, 2002

Of course, you don't have to work the late shift or even work the streets for a cop's lifestyle and eating habits to add up to obesity, high blood pressure, and other coronary risk factors.

Tags: Nutrition

The Generic Report  

July 1, 2002

It got to the point where I had memorized a short speech in which I slowly explained to the confused citizen that the police officer's job was basically finding someone to arrest, arresting them, and then taking them to jail.

In Hot Pursuit  

July 1, 2002

While police pursuits are a necessary part of police work and should not be banned, officers should be aware of the potential danger and terminate pursuits when the risk of injury outweighs the benefit of catching the suspect.

Hardened Systems  

June 1, 2002

Mobile computing technology is changing the way law enforcement officers approach their jobs. It has freed them from in-house report writing and the tedious business of conveying messages through a dispatcher. It puts state and national databases at their fingertips, thereby decreasing wait time for critical information from 15 minutes to as little as 10 seconds. And it has increased officer productivity by as much as 50 percent.

Not Your Average Off-Duty Arrest  

June 1, 2002

Out of the trees came a charging, trumpeting bull elephant, apparently intent on stomping not only the ball, but all the players, too.

Going Tactical  

June 1, 2002

The biggest problem is recognizing true cover and what isn't. There is a distinct difference between cover and concealment.

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