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Doing ‘Whatever it Takes’ To Survive Confrontations  

August 1, 2000

Consider that since 1994, more than 280,000 law enforcement officers have been assaulted or injured and more than 840 killed in the line of duty.  We should ask one another whether some of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented.  Are police officers really trained in the best methods to survive "street fight" encounters?

The Tune-Up  

July 1, 2000

 "One hundred dollars for a tune-up?!!!" I shrieked as I read the estimate at the auto mechanic's shop for a tune-up on my aging pickup truck.  Alex, the mechanic-in a way only Alex can reply--laughed and said, "Mitch, you cab pay me little bit now for a simple tune-up, or you can let it go and pay me big bucks later for a complete overhaul."

Cholesterol: Sorting Good From Bad  

July 1, 2000

For those individuals who are geneti­cally predisposed to having cholesterol problems, a diet high in saturated fats is the main cause of high cholesterol levels in the blood.

Surviving Your Off-Duty Hours  

July 1, 2000

Anyone who has spent any amount of time in law enforce­ment has heard threats. That is one of the reasons we carry firearms while off duty, have unlisted telephone numbers, and maybe have the registra­tion information of our personally owned vehicles restricted.

Alcoholism: Equal Opportunity Disease  

June 1, 2000

Nearly 100,000 Americans die each year as a result of alcohol abuse. Alcohol is a factor in more than half of the na­tion's homicides, suicides and traffic ac­cidents

Saying Goodbye  

May 1, 2000

"Police workers are a family--we deal with some of the most bizarre, some of the most obnoxious, some of the stupidest, and some of the most dangerous problems that people can conjure up.  Funeral attendance shows respect for the family, love for the officer, admiration for the profession and shares the grief."

Property Crime and Pawnshops: Correlation or Coincidence?  

May 1, 2000

When pawn lobbyists convinced a Florida Sate senator to sponsor the 1996 Florida Pawnbroking Act, it appeared to many law enforcement officials that regulation of the industry was being significantly compromised.

Russian Organized Crime: The Foundation for Trafficking  

May 1, 2000

A number of law enforcement sources report a dramatic increase the past two years in the number of Ukrainian and Russian immigrant women recruited into slavery and sexually exploited in the New Jersey and New York area.

School Terrorism: A Tactical Overview  

April 1, 2000

Within the tactical community there's no doubt that the hottest topic is school terrorism.  In the aftermath of several attacks against students at schools, there is much debate and second guessing as to whether SWAT teams have made the correct tactical responses to such incidents.

Seattle Siege: Learning From the Chaos  

April 1, 2000

At about seven a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, Seattle police officers and city employees were setting up barriers they hoped would hold back thousands of World Trade Organization (WTO) protesters they knew were coming.

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