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<p>Photo courtesy of&nbsp;Gerard Zlotkowski.</p>

The Rural Officer's Arsenal  

July 10, 2012

It is our job to win the fight with the bad guys, whether we serve in the nation's most populated cities, smallest towns, or most isolated counties. To win that fight, we need the right firearms and the right ammo.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Realistic Optimism  

July 10, 2012

Real optimism isn't just expecting good things to happen; it is how you internally explain to yourself the bad things that happen and what you do about them. Everyone is going to suffer bad events.

<p>Photo: Vince Taroc</p>

Innocent Behavior Can Be Suspicious  

July 10, 2012

If you articulate circumstances that are suspicious, based on your training and experience, you should not be second-guessed by judges on the ground that the conduct you considered was just a combination of innocent acts.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical ATAC Lights  

June 21, 2012

5.11 Tactical's ATAC line of lights includes the PLx pen light, powered by two AAA cell batteries, and the L2, powered by two CR123A batteries. Both offer a quality fit and finish.

<p>Officer Jeff Caldwell, Officer Fred Dow, and Det. Michael Pellegrino.</p>

N.J. Officers Save Mother, Son from Burning Van and Live Wires  

June 21, 2012

An elderly woman and her son owe their lives to a detective and two officers from the Ewing (N.J.) Police Department who risked electrocution to extract the two from their crashed van.

<p>Photo courtesy of Edward Santos.</p>

Making Nighttime Traffic Stops  

June 20, 2012

Traffic stops are second nature to most patrol officers but even the most routine activities become more complex when executed in diminished light. Let's review nighttime traffic stop safety procedures that you should know and then we'll look at some additional considerations that can help increase your safety during a nighttime traffic stop.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Blue-On-Blue Shootings  

June 20, 2012

Recognizing the potential for a blue-on-blue incident—and doing something about it—can go a long way toward preventing such tragedies. That initiative can take many forms, from anticipatory training to recognizing the implications of an errant operation.

The Congressional Badge of Bravery  

June 20, 2012

Each year, thousands of law enforcement officers sustain injury during violent confrontations with dangerous criminals. It is important that Congress recognize the heroic performance and sacrifice of the brave men and women in law enforcement.

<p>Tuff-Writer Precision Press Pen. Photo: Tuff-Writer</p>

Tuff-Writer's Precision Press Pen  

June 12, 2012

You might tempted to call it a "clicky pen" because its ink tip is retractable, but unlike other such writing implements it's so smooth there is no telltale "click." It's also much more durable than the kind you'll find at most offices, yet more cost-effective than others intended to double as kubatons. It's Tuff-Writer’s Precision Press Pen.

<p>Photo courtesy of Ronnie Garrett.</p>

The Hazards of Homemade Explosives  

June 11, 2012

Whether a department's jurisdiction lies nestled among the cornfields of rural Nebraska or in the center of a major city, homemade explosives pose a very real and growing threat. But through business community involvement and greater training and awareness, some of these threats can be stopped dead in their tracks.

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