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Precision Instrument  

September 1, 2002

As the sear releases the striker and the primer ignites, it's now the rifle's job to deliver that bullet exactly where it must go.

Body armor uses layers of super strong fibers to slow bullets.

Shock Absorbers  

August 1, 2002

If you are shot while wearing body armor, you will still feel the energy of the bullet's impact. But if the armor works, the force will be spread out over your entire torso rather than in just a specific area.

Field Dressing  

August 1, 2002

The reality of the contemporary police special ops team is very different than the image of LAPD SWAT that was burned into America's collective consciousness by the hit show.

The Fifth Element  

August 1, 2002

Welcome to the new battleground. Called "fifth-dimensional battlespace," it takes the old three-dimensional battlefield (the spatial dimensions of length, width, height or depth of an area), and the temporal dimension of time, and adds the fifth dimension of cyberspace.

Police waterborne training includes swimmer casts from high-speed boats. Tactical officers say observers from the shore are much more likely to notice a stationary boat than one that rips by and leaves swimmers in the water. This gives a surveillance or assault team the element of surprise.

TWO if by Sea: Tactical Waterborne Units  

August 1, 2002

The lesson of the Baltimore exercise is quite clear: police agencies can't just arbitrarily decide that their jurisdictions end at the water's edge and assume that anything on the water will be handled by the Coast Guard, the Navy, or somebody else.

Have Gun--Will Travel  

June 1, 2002

Today's law enforcement personnel have many choices beyond leather, and much more to carry than just a pistol.

Temporary Insanity  

June 1, 2002

Every officer on the New Orleans Police Department knows instinctively when Carnival season begins. No one needs to check the calendar. It's in the air like the smell of alcohol and the laughter of excited crowds gathering on the streets of the Vieux Carre (the French Quarter).

LDV builds each vehicle, like this command center, to meet the specs of its clients.

TREXPO West Showstoppers  

May 1, 2002

There were some pretty cool products at TREXPO West. And not just for SWAT officers, either. Every department could use updated training equipment and vehicles. If your agency doesn't already have these items, add them to that wish list you keep at your desk.

Seminars at TREXPO West included a session on tactics for delivering deadly force in crowd control situations.

TREXPO Seminars Offer Valuable Info for Tactical Officers  

May 1, 2002

Often the classroom sessions are the dullest part of any professional show. But TREXPO West flipped that assumption on its ear. At the March exposition and conference, the conference portion of the proceedings was dynamic and powerful and many attendees walked away with valuable information that could save officer and civilian lives.

Own the Night  

May 1, 2002

Most commercial burglaries take place at night, and the darkness works in the favor of the burglars. Maybe it’s time for us to take back the night with night vision equipment.

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