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<p>Photo: Tactical Impulse</p>

Police Product Test: Tactical Impulse LE-1 Flashlight Kit  

April 1, 2014

So what's so special? It's not so much the light itself, but the LE-1's system of accessories Tactical Impulse has designed to go with it that make this a true light "multi-tool."

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

Lowering the Shields  

April 1, 2014

Whether you work for a large department or a small department, if you're responsible for keeping the peace, then you should be training in the latest mobile field force tactics.

<p>Photo courtesy of Team Wendy</p>

Police Product Test: Team Wendy Bump Helmet  

March 28, 2014

A good helmet is an essential piece of kit for any tactical operator. The helmets of today are lighter, stronger, provide better protection, are customizable, and are comfortable. Team Wendy's Exfil LTP Tactical Bump Helmet fits all of these criteria.

<p>Photo: iStock</p>

Shots Fired: Berks County, Pennsylvania 06/30/2011  

March 26, 2014

Upon their crossing, the trackers noticed that leaves blanketing the side of a steep hill had been disturbed. Regrouping with his K-9, Pagerly gave him the search command and released him again. Jynx appeared to immediately find an odor and began moving rapidly up hill and toward Hawk Mountain Road.

Twisted Speech  

March 26, 2014

How in the world did we manage to twist the English language into such a politically correct knot that "gentleman" has become a synonym for "felon," "sociopath," or "terrorist?"

Knuckling Under  

March 26, 2014

In October the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) released a scathing report that alleged widespread abuse of law enforcement premium pay at the Department of Homeland Security. One day before a Senate hearing on the issue, the head of ICE suspended all premium pay for headquarters and training personnel.

<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.

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