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<p>Special Ops Bunker&#39;s SOB gives officers portable ballistic protection. <em>Photos: Special Ops Bunker.</em></p>

Special Ops Bunker: The Collapsible Bunker  

September 1, 2017

By David Griffith

The SOB by Special Ops Bunker offers tactical teams protection from rifle rounds in a mobile, portable system that can be easily deployed.

<p>UAVs could provide major benefits to SWAT teams, especially during barricade situations. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

SWAT in the 21st Century  

August 3, 2017

By David Griffith

Equipment, tactics, and technology are obvious changes in SWAT, but there have been much more subtle developments in SWAT philosophy, especially in terms of training and standards.

<p>Photo: Baker Ballistics</p>

Portable Rifle Protection  

February 7, 2017

By David Griffith

Baker Ballistics has a new portable rifle protection system that offers multi-hit protection from armor-piercing rifle bullets.

<p>Photo: First Tactical</p>

Police Product Test: First Tactical 1-Day Plus Backpack  

September 2, 2016

By A.J. George

Covered in MOLLE webbing, the 1-Day Plus has the ability to accept an endless array of additional pouches and accessories. The webbing itself is what First Tactical calls its Lynx laser cut webbing.

Beware Armchair SWAT Commanders  

September 1, 2016

By David Griffith

Real armed conflicts are not video games. The combatants don't have a god-like view of all aspects of the engagement and there are absolutely no do-overs.

<p>Photo: Zuma Press</p>

SWAT Response to the War on Police  

August 9, 2016

By David Griffith

The questions many in the SWAT community are asking is what can SWAT-trained officers do to help protect fellow officers during demonstrations and other incidents and how this might affect the way SWAT teams operate in the future.

<p>Photo: Silynx Communications</p>

Next-Generation Headsets and Mics  

March 14, 2016

By Melanie Basich

Law enforcement officers accustomed to using smartphones with wireless devices in their personal lives are itching to use the same type of technology on duty. And manufacturers of headsets, microphones, and wireless devices are working to meet that challenge.

<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>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>The ReconRobotics Throwbot can run ahead of a team to provide valuable intel.<em> Photo via Recon Robotics</em></p>

Police Robots on Land and Sea  

December 28, 2015

By David Griffith

Some of the top police and sheriff's departments in this country have fielded robots for a variety of tasks since the 1990s. But we are now seeing a broad expansion of the types of robot tools available to law enforcement and a reimagining of what they can do.

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