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War on Wise Street: Never Give Up  

September 1, 2003

By David Griffith

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

By David Griffith

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

By Gerald W. Garner

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.

Sweat Suits: Ballistic Vests  

September 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

The bad news is, regardless of comfort, you need to wear your vest. The good news is, the manufacturers of ballistic vests and other innovators are working on ways to make wearing a vest more bearable.

How to...Start a WMD Unit  

September 1, 2003

By Shawn Hughes

In the days following 9/11, many citizens wondered aloud if their local public safety agencies were prepared to protect them if their communities were attacked. Unfortunately, until recently, the answer to that question was often, No.

Breaking Out the Big Guns  

August 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

I read today about a Canadian team in Afghanistan making a confirmed kill at 2,670 yards. That's a mile and a half, give or take 30 yards. I can't even see a bus at a mile and a half, let alone a man-size target.

Gerber Silver Trident  

August 1, 2003

By Scott Smith

The Silver Trident is a 10.75-inch blackened stainless knife that tips the scales at just over 11 ounces. This is not a "hang it from your daily wear duty belt beat cop" kind of knife.

 

Tags: Knives

I See You  

August 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

While running after a suspect, I charged around the corner of an alley and the guy hit me over the head, knocking my lights out. I really could have used a tool that let me see around corners that day. And now, today’s cops can have them: easy-to-use tactical video systems.

<p>Mobile command units, such as those  from LDV, can be as long as 45 feet. Equipment inside LDV units can include multiple viewing screens.</p>

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit  

August 1, 2003

By Melanie Basich

They may seem like big, expensive hunks of metal on wheels, but many agencies have come to realize that mobile command vehicles offer many advantages for the cost.

The Gunsite’s lever lock lets you close the knife while keeping your finger clear of the blade.

Cold Steel Gunsite Folding Knife  

July 1, 2003

By Scott Smith

For a knife with a Zytel handle, the Gunsite folder had a really solid feel. There was no side-to-side slop, and when opened and closed the action was secure. I was sold.

Tags: Knives
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