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<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Ode to the Belt  

March 21, 2014

The cow skidded down the far emergency lane, and my vehicle creaked and scraped down the other. I slammed on the now stiff brakes and my Chevy ground loudly to a stop, steaming and groaning while I waited for the impact of some approaching vehicle.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Vehicle Ambush Training  

March 20, 2014

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

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

Cell Phones on Duty  

March 17, 2014

Most cops can readily agree a cell phone is perhaps the best new tool an officer can have during his or her patrol shift. Whether it is used to call a victim, a barricaded suspect, or a detective on a major case, a cell phone is a vital asset to the patrol officer.

<p>Photo courtesy of StarChase</p>

Pursuit Tracking  

March 14, 2014

The StarChase system uses a patrol car-mounted launcher to shoot a GPS tracking device at a fleeing vehicle. Officers can catch up to the vehicle later without speeding after it.

<p>Photo: iStock</p>

Reduce Negative Impact of Miranda  

March 11, 2014

Has Miranda v. Arizona adversely affected criminal justice and public safety? Miranda has resulted in the inability to clear a quarter-million homicides, 1 million rapes, 5 million robberies, and 9 million aggravated assaults.

<p>Photo: istock</p>

Stopping Big Rigs  

March 10, 2014

For whatever reason some officers are intimidated when it comes to stopping big rigs. But it's a part of an officer's job to enforce the rules and regulations of the road, and crimes are being committed by some operators of these big rigs.

O.F. Mossberg & Sons MVP Patrol Rifle  

March 4, 2014

The MVP is a no-frills bolt-action rifle chambered for a 5.56mm/.223 round. It has a 16-inch cold-hammer forged, heavy profile, 1/2x28 threaded barrel with an A2 flash hider.

<p>Photo courtesy of Michael Schlosser</p>

Defending Against a Ground Attack  

February 27, 2014

One of the worst-case scenarios for officers is to be on the ground with assailants sitting on top of them punching or choking them. In order to train for this worst-case scenario, your tactics need to be simple and effective.

Fighting the "Never Say Die" Killer  

February 25, 2014

Taking the one-percenter out is problematic. You're no doubt familiar with the extremely popular cable television series "The Walking Dead" in which you have to shoot the brain to put down the monster. This often holds true in getting the one-percenters to go "lights out," too.

Shots Fired: Marshalltown, Iowa 11/02/2012  

February 14, 2014

The seemingly tireless duo crossed in front of Jefferson's patrol unit. Jefferson drew his sidearm and yelled, "Stop! Police! Let me see your hands! Get on the ground!"

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