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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

By Scott Smith

"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."

Tags: Footwear

Shoot for Excellence: Sniper Team Objectives  

May 1, 2000

By Tony L. Jones

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

School Terrorism: A Tactical Overview  

April 1, 2000

By Officer Dan Kalk

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

By Officer Brad Smith, West Covina (Calif.) PD

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

By Vincent Faggiano and Thomas T. Gillespie

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

By Dennis Hall

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

By Brad Smith

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)

Genesis of a Sports Riot  

June 1, 1998

By Kevin Danahar

Any department, in any city in the United States, either has experienced or may experience a situation when otherwise law-abiding citizens become lawless, out-of-control fans. Such a circumstance, if not properly prepared for, can be a nightmare for local law enforcement.

SWAT's Small-Town Question  

April 1, 1998

By Dale Stockton

Whether you work for a metropolitan police department with thousands of officers or small-town agency with only a handful of personel, an incident requiring the response of a special weapons team can happen in your town. How prepared are you and your agency?

SWAT Teams Need Strong Leadership  

April 1, 1998

By Dan Kalk

No police department would ever consider sending police officers onto the street without proper training or equipment to handle routine calls.  Without hesitation, police department send their officers to state-of-the-art equipment. This is equally true when it comes to training and equipping high-risk or specialty units such as SWAT teams, gang units, repeat offender units and emergency response teams.

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