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Police Combative Academy principles Louis Marquez, left, and Hans Marrero, right, demonstrate an open-hand technique designed to knock a knife out of a suspect’s hand.

The School of Hard Knocks  

February 1, 2004

The introduction comes in the form of a three-minute round of body sparring in a 6X6-foot ring against the trainers, all noted martial artists and police DT instructors in their own right. Both the students and the instructors wear 16-ounce boxing gloves and headgear, but they still get hit and it still hurts.

NRA instructors tested students’ judgment in deciding when to fire and trained them to scan the area after firing to remain aware of their surroundings.

Range Days in Paradise  

January 1, 2004

A career in law enforcement on the warm and sunny island of Oahu may seem like a dream come true to most of the readers of POLICE. And after training with nearly 30 officers from the Honolulu Police Department, I can assure you that the reality is just as great as you imagine.

Standing is your best position for a long-range shot, but it also gives your adversary a big target.

Dialing Long Distance  

November 1, 2003

We all know that most police-involved shootings develop at a range of just a few feet. But there are exceptions. It’s not easy to hit a target in combat at long range with a pistol. But it can be done.

TREXPO East: Homecoming  

October 1, 2003

Among the attractions at this year's TREXPO East were a wide variety of new tactical equipment, gear, and accessories on display in the Expo Center.

TREXPO East: SWAT School  

October 1, 2003

Officers from throughout Northern Virginia and the D.C. Metro area were drawn to the Dulles Expo Center to learn the latest information about SWAT policies and procedures, anti-terror intelligence, and defensive tactics.

War on Wise Street: Aftermath: Overture to Disaster  

September 1, 2003

The sequence of events leading to the police fatalities on Feb. 20 began on a cool Wednesday morning, one day prior to the Wise Street shootout.

War on Wise Street: Aftermath  

September 1, 2003

After the gunsmoke had cleared from the Feb. 20 police shootout in Alexandria, La.'s Sonia Quarters neighborhood, the Alexandria Police Department was physically and emotionally wounded.

War on Wise Street: Never Give Up  

September 1, 2003

It seems unlikely, but it’s true. Not one of the surviving members of the Alexandria PD’s Special Response Team (SRT) has quit the force or even the team in the wake of the devastating gun battle that killed two officers and wounded three others.

Alexandria’s SRT team fought a pitched battle on this property. Gas drove the gunman from the white house, and he was killed in an exchange of gunfire. His body has been marked out of photo.

War on Wise Street  

September 1, 2003

Alexandria (La.) PD’s Special Response Team was executing a detailed plan to serve warrants and search for evidence to connect Anthony Molette, 25, to recent ambush attack. Intelligence gathered before the assault told them that Molette would not be home. It was wrong.

Structure Searches  

September 1, 2003

Thousands of times a day in this country peace officers search homes, businesses, schools, and other structures for hidden offenders. Structure searches can turn into a high-risk assignment for the officers performing them.

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