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<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.

<p>Often a citizen video only shows the force, not the inciting event and certainly not the totality of circumstances. (Photo: Carla Blazek)</p>

The Totality of Circumstances  

January 28, 2016

By Greg Meyer

People pass instant judgment on officers' actions on video without seeming to know anything about the investigation and analysis that necessarily includes policy, training, and the laws that govern police use of force.

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

Response to Psycho-Medical Emergencies  

January 28, 2016

By Ron Martinelli

Psycho-medical emergencies are serious, life threatening events that can rapidly degrade to sudden in-custody death incidents if not handled properly.

<p>In Colorado Springs officers used armored rescue vehicles to remove wounded from the Planned Parenthood Building and ferry them to waiting ambulances. (Photo: Zuma Press)</p>

Lessons Learned from a Very Bloody Week  

January 28, 2016

By David Griffith

It will be many months before we have the final reports on the Colorado Springs and San Bernardino active shooter attacks. But initial reports can give us an outline of what occurred during these two bloody incidents and perhaps enough insight to yield some important lessons learned.

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

Driver Runs Your DUI Checkpoint  

January 28, 2016

By Amaury Murgado

All of a sudden you see a car run the checkpoint, and just as it turns out of view you hear shots fired and an officer calling for help over the radio.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Guardians and Warriors  

January 22, 2016

By David Griffith

Every guardian—every law enforcement officer—must be a warrior. You can't protect unless you are willing to do violence and stop the threat.

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