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Starting from Scratch  

March 1, 2003

By Shelly Domash

Founding a police department is a challenge that not many people would want to assume. But that's the task that faced the civic leaders of Federal Way, Washington.

How to...Start a SWAT Team  

March 1, 2003

By Dean Scoville

Somewhere between the images, the perceptions, and accusations lies a truth: If ever an entity embodied the philosophy of "hope for the best, but plan for the worst," it is the SWAT unit.

Battlefield Medicine  

March 1, 2003

By Lois Pilant

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

Outgunned  

March 1, 2003

By David Griffith

There is a tendency among all law enforcement to believe that no matter the odds, their bravery and training can save the day. It’s an instinct that a good SWAT officer must overcome. Because believe it or not, there are times when even a SWAT team may be outgunned or otherwise need help.

Upon impact, your body should be in the PFL position so you can roll safely on your side.

Falling Down on the Job  

February 1, 2003

By Glenn McGovern and Tom Sparks

Using training including how to fall properly without injury, a French special ops unit successfully completed a dynamic hostage rescue.

Preparing for the Worst  

February 1, 2003

By Shawn Hughes

Less than two years ago, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) such as gas, viruses, and nukes were mostly the stuff of Tom Clancy novels, not the everyday concern of the nation’s law enforcement. But that was before 9/11.

Preventing Training Tragedies: Living And Dying On The Edge  

January 1, 2003

By Teamwork

The danger is, of course, part of the appeal of being a SWAT officer. But it's also why SWAT training must be approached with the greatest level of precision and precaution.

Special Report: Preventing Training Tragedies  

January 1, 2003

By David Griffith

In this issue of POLICE magazine, we address one of the greatest pressing concerns of police executives and law enforcement: the growing number of serious accidents and even deaths in police training.

The Great Persuader  

January 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

Recently on the U.S. border with Mexico, a Border Patrol officer was caught with no backup while facing an angry mob of illegal aliens bent on crossing into the United States.

An officer dressed for a marking round exercise.

Preventing Training Tragedies: Friendly Fire  

January 1, 2003

By David Griffith

Of all training accidents, police officers shooting each other in simulation drills are the most tragic. They are also the most difficult for some officers and civilians to comprehend.

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