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On the Suspect's Turf at Work  

March 1, 2001

The post-Christmas workplace shooting that left seven employees dead in Wakefield, Massachusetts should serve as yet another reminder about responding to high-risk scenes.

Boarding boats, especially large ones, is not always easy but can be done with practiced proficiency. Here an Indian River Co. Sheriff’s Office ERT team member, armed with an H&K MP-5, boards a suspect’s boat from a PWC (Kawasaki jet ski).

Going Waterborne  

December 1, 2000

Large bodies of water, including waterfronts, oceans, lakes and rivers, make up significant areas of responsibility in many police jurisdictions. They also present unique challenges to law enforcement officers who must deal with water-based criminal activities.

You see them on the street every day. But if you look past their rags and vices, can you determine the real problem?

New Orleans PD's Crisis Unit  

December 1, 2000

The Crisis Unit, manned by mental health technicians, provides the department with a team of specially trained civilians who have years of experience with the mentally ill.

In police work, situations can change in a heartbeat. You should rest assured that you can keep your feet under you, no matter where your shift takes you.

Boot Up For Success  

December 1, 2000

"Today, law enforcement personnel want a "duty" boot that is lightweight, comfortable and will hold up in all the various conditions these individuals find themselves in on a daily basis."

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Shoot for Excellence: Sniper Team Objectives  

May 1, 2000

Many police hierarchies operate under the erroneous assumption that their organizations don't need sniper units.

School Terrorism: A Tactical Overview  

April 1, 2000

Within the tactical community there's no doubt that the hottest topic is school terrorism.  In the aftermath of several attacks against students at schools, there is much debate and second guessing as to whether SWAT teams have made the correct tactical responses to such incidents.

Police Service Dogs: The Unheralded Training Tool  

January 1, 2000

Police officers are asked to make split-second life-or-death decisions.  We have to decide in a blink of an eye if we are going to shoot.  Then over the next several years everyone will dissect, analyze and scrutinize our actions.

Real Players Resist Urge to Armchair QB  

January 1, 2000

Having trained thousands of law enforcement officers in the proper response to and resolution of critical incidents, we watched the Columbine tragedy as courageous tactical officers executed a hurried but effective plan to safely "clear the school."

Columbine Murders Offer Lessons for the Future  

June 1, 1999

The massacre of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School outside Denver, Colo., in April was the worst schoolyard carnage by students in this nation's history and many providing training lessons to law officers across the country for years.

Putting a Good Bite into K-9 Deployment  

April 1, 1999

As the law enforcement community is well aware, police service dogs have proven to be a valuable tool to law enforcement over the last 15 to 20 years. The key word to this statement is "tool." Many SWAT's personnel are not aware of their K-9's capabilities in certain situations and some of the handlers have never been trained in SWAT tactics.

COVER PHOTO: TERRI CAVOLI (© 1999)

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