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Practice knife-defense techniques using training knives and the appropriate protective gear. You'll want to learn how to use a knife, so you can defend against it. Get a few training knives and put yourself into a realistic situation with a determined attacker to test your defense move.

Surviving Edged Weapon Threats

Knowing how to effectively respond to an unexpected knife attack is a crucial officer-safety concern. If a suspect is further than 21 feet, you may be able to fire one or two shots, though you'll want to rotate off line to try to get out of the path of the incoming knife. To survive a deadly knife threat, know your tactics, study concealment, realize capabilities, learn knife fighting and develop basic knife defenses. Photos and captions by Al Abidin.

Officers and survivor families hold their candles during the 2010 National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) candlelight vigil. Photo courtesy of NLEOMF.

National Police Week: Candlelight Vigil

More than 20,000 officers, police survivors, dignitaries, and invited guests participated in a candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in D.C. This year, the vigil included the reading of 334 names of officers who have been added to the memorial walls, including 116 who ended watch in 2009.

Sgt. Mark Renninger was one of four Lakewood (Wash.) Police officers killed during a coffeehouse ambush. A department patch accompanies the placard stating, "Forever a hero, you will never be forgotten."

National Police Week: What They Left Behind

The names of almost 19,000 law enforcement men and women have been added to the curving, 304-foot marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial. The officers and families who knew them arrived at the memorial during National Police Week to pay tribute by leaving roses, photos, wreaths, a SWAT helmet, a duty flashlight, and other personel items.

The Police Unity Tour arrived in D.C. as part of National Police  Week. Proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officer's  Memorial. Photo courtesy of NLEOMF.

National Police Week: Police Unity Tour

Each year, about 1,100 officers participate in the Police Unity Tour, a 320-mile bicycle ride from New Jersey to D.C. during National Police Week. The ride honors fallen officers from the prior year and raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). Read our coverage of the unity tour.

The headline on this drug case may have conveyed a meaning the writer may not have intended.

Police Reports Make Humorous Headlines

A staple section of local newspapers has always been the short crime report items culled from the police blotter. Usually, it's a cub reporter's first job to head to the local substation to jot down pertinent details from the crime reports officers take about mostly petty crimes. Once in awhile, these young reporters submit a suggestion for a headline that squeaks by an overworked, bleary eyed editor. Sometimes, as they say, mistakes were made.

A person might seem to be innocently reaching for an ID, when in fact he's reaching for a gun.

How to Watch the Hands: 3 Scenarios

From basic training to field training, officers are told, "Watch the suspect's hands." But you are not taught how to do it. Why haven't law enforcement trainers developed an easily understandable method to teach you the specifics of hand-movement awareness? Mike "Ziggy" Siegfried explains how, and shows three scenarios – reaching for a gun, reaching for a knife, and reaching for a wallet to show ID. Also, please view "How to Watch the Hands" for an in-depth article on this topic.

Elbeco's Summit II is constructed from Hiptex 3000 for the outer shell and is waterproof and windproof. The seams are sealed to ensure water doesn't migrate through. So you can be seen on those gray dark winter days and nights, the jacket can be reversed to its ANSI/ISEA Class II side. This is a bright yellow with two-inch Scotchlite by 3M on the body and sleeves. This jacket lights up like a neon sign when light hits it. The Summit II gives officers high visibility when working DUI and traffic enforcement checkpoints.

Wet Weather Wear

What should you consider when looking at outerwear for duty or most any foul weather? First, versatility. Because quality outerwear is expensive, it needs to serve for at least three seasons out of the year. The second item to consider is whether the outer jacket is truly waterproof or just water resistant; there is nothing worse than being cold and wet. Last is the price. If the clothing breaks the bank it will cause issues.

Officer Bingham patrols south Florida's swampland at the helm of his airboat in "Operation Wild," which airs on Discovery's Planet Green beginning Jan. 8.

Operation Wild: Florida Wildlife Officers

Discovery's Planet Green channel will feature the officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in a new reality show scheduled to air beginning Jan. 8. "Operation Wild" follows the duties of officers who enforce the state's wildlife and boating laws. The show will air at 10 p.m. Eastern on Fridays.

Officers arriving at the Tacoma Dome to pay homage to the four slain Lakewood police officers left patches to show solidarity. Pool photo via Seattle Times.

Lakewood Police Memorial

Nearly 20,000 officers from Washington state, the nation, and Canada gathered at the Tacoma Dome to pay homage to the service of the four Lakewood Police Department officers who were killed in a coffeeshop in late November, before their shift. The memorial service featured tributes to Sgt. Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens, and Greg Richards. The officers were remembered for their commitment to public service.

For almost 20 years, Seagal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy who goes out on patrol with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. The show credits Seagal as an expert marksman who has worked with their SWAT team during firearms training.

Steven Seagal: Lawman

In his movies, Steven Seagal usually plays a special agent or cop with martial-arts skills who, when pushed to the edge by baddies, responds with deadly force. Turns out, Seagal knows more about law enforcement that we thought. For the past two decades, he's been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish (La.) Sheriff's Office. Here are a few images from his new police reality show, "Steven Seagal: Lawman," which debuts Dec. 2 on A&E. Images courtesy of A&E.

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