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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.

S.W.A.T. for Survival  

April 1, 2000

Fitness is critical for all law enforcement officers, especially those on tactical units.

The Dreaded Report: We Must Do it, So Why Not Get it Write?  

March 1, 2000

"We're not report takers.  We're the police."

Remember the Basics  

March 1, 2000

If officer safety education is so prevalent and well-accepted today, how does one explain the bloody fact that between 50 and 75 officers still perish at the hands of criminals in any given year?

Just a Reserve? The Contributions Can Be Many  

March 1, 2000

After briefing, my FTO and I walked out to our patrol unit.  When he got in, he started the car and said, "Before we get started--I'm not used to having a partner.  I don't like having a partner.  Especially a reserve."

Handling the Mentally Ill: There Are No Shortcuts for Officers  

March 1, 2000

One study has shown that 32 percent of the homeless, who populate our urban streets, are mentally ill and if you have homeless people in your community, you most certainly have those who are mentally ill among them.

Adventures in Law Enforcement 2000  

March 1, 2000

Whatever inspired you to become a police officer, when it comes to police work you know law enforcement has many faces.  Aside from the array of different specialties within your own department, each jurisdiction, county or state may put its own spin on these specialties.

Reducing Police Pursuit Liabilities  

February 1, 2000

It is not uncommon to hear or read a news broadcast reporting a critical injury or untimely death to an innocent bystander as a result of a police pursuit.  The innocent victim may have been struck by the fleeing suspect, but it is the police department that eventually comes under fire for allowing the pursuit to continue.

Get a Handle on Car-Cuffing Techniques  

February 1, 2000

As you are interviewing the operator you notice a handgun on the floor of the passenger side of the car.  Of course, any backup is light years away.

 

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