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<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Off Duty, Not Off Guard  

March 2, 2016

By Dave Smith

Even with the limited weapons and carry options I had, I always carried off duty. What about you? Are you ready to defend the ones you love against deadly force when you are off duty?

<p>Photo: Police File</p>

De-Escalation Training: Learning to Back Off  

March 2, 2016

By David Griffith

De-escalation training is not new nor innovative. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible.

<p>Chuck Cantebury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police</p>

Why is Congress Reforming a Program That Has No Funding?  

February 29, 2016

By Chuck Canterbury

The Asset Forfeiture Fund is self-financed from seizures of property owned by criminals and it helps law enforcement agencies pay for resources and officers, so why is Congress cutting it as part of a budget deal?

<p>Photo: Jinsei Institute</p>

Balance Manipulation in Arrest and Control  

February 29, 2016

By Thomas Holmes and Sam Eggleston

The system, called "JET," is a product of the Jinsei Institute of Durango, CO, which maintains that the use of balance manipulation can decrease a subject's ability to move, resist, or escalate and give trained officers significant advantages during approach and contact.

<p>Photo: National Shooting Sports Foundation</p>

SHOT Show 2016: Report from the Aisles  

February 29, 2016

By David Griffith

The 2016 version of the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor trade (SHOT) show was held last month in Las Vegas, and it revealed once again that law enforcement and personal defense products have taken primacy at the world's largest gun show more than ever before.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Snitches Get Stitches  

February 29, 2016

By David Griffith

So the federal government tells people to "say something" if they suspect terrorist activities, but the highest-ranking officials in that government vocally disparage anyone who says something and is wrong about their suspicions.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Barricaded Suspect, Mutual Aid  

February 23, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

The suspect has advised that if anyone comes near his mother he "will take them out." You also know the sergeant asking for help uses poor tactics and will count heavily on his personal relationship with the suspect.

<p>Injecting XSTAT&#39;s large syringe of sponges into a severe wound stops hemorrhaging within 15 to 20 seconds. (Photo: RevMedx)</p>

RevMedx XSTAT: Direct Injection  

February 12, 2016

By Melanie Basich

What if you sustain an injury so severe that you're in danger of bleeding out and a standard tourniquet won't help? Now there is a product designed to treat such a wound and stop excessive bleeding in seconds. And it's been cleared for law enforcement use.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Dark Days  

February 10, 2016

By Dave Smith

Everyone gets depressed at some point, and whether you are simply recovering from a loss or bad event or suffering from true clinical depression, here are some thoughts on what to do.

Consensual Encounters  

February 5, 2016

By Devallis Rutledge

The well-trained, self-disciplined, smart law enforcement officer first tries a consensual encounter, before resorting to a detention that may or may not win judicial approval.

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