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Centers of Higher Learning  

April 1, 2002

By Dave Douglas

Although most agencies supply their officers with basic firearms training, there are reasons that law enforcement officers are some of the most active attendees of specialized gun training academies.

Wireless Communication  

April 1, 2002

By Melanie Basich

Every day there seems to be a new invention or upgrade in the area of wireless communications for law enforcement.

Teamwork  

March 1, 2002

By Frank Borelli

When a terrorist attack really happens, these men need to know how to work together, or people will get killed. This is not a game.

Reaction Time  

March 1, 2002

By Gary Klugiewicz

Things are getting more dangerous out there. Whether you are functioning as a member of a SWAT Team or conducting routine patrol duties, you are responding to more and more calls with firearms drawn.

Repercussions  

March 1, 2002

By David Griffith

On a muggy summer night in Georgia, it feels like you can reach out and squeeze water out of the air. Such were the conditions on July 23, 1999, when officer Jorge Mestre of the Cobb County Police Department was dispatched to a house in the Atlanta suburb of Austell, Ga.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who the bad guys are  

February 2, 2002

By Commander Gilmore

Just Give Me A Hundred Good Cops, And a ton of ammunition... That's what I was thinkin' when I reviewed the situation in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Well Dressed Cop  

January 1, 2002

By Melanie Basich

Today's police uniforms run the gamut from comfortable fleece to all-business pathogen-repelling outerwear fabrics. Where does your department fit in and how does your uniform reflect societal trends?

SWAT Teams Take on Fire and Smoke  

December 1, 2001

By Kevin Danaher

The husband grows increasingly despondent and says he is going to kill his daughter and himself. To keep SWAT officers from entering he sets his home on fire and retreats to a back bedroom. The only way to rescue the young girl is to make an entry. Is your team prepared to deal with the hazards of fire and smoke?

While it looks like the sort of move you’d think typical of recreational ATV riders, this slide stop is one of the more advanced skills taught in SSI’s ATV Police Patrol Operations Course. From here, the officer can perform a tactical dismount, simultaneously drawing his sidearm and using his ATV as cover, keeping it between himself and a suspect.

ATV Training for Cops  

December 1, 2001

By Mark Kariya

Given the increasing sophistication of today’s criminals and crime, it’s no surprise that today’s law enforcement agencies are fighting back by employing a staggering array of tools. This includes not only computerized hardware and software, but weapons (including less-than-lethal options, of course), training and vehicles, among other items.

The Los Alamos forest fire in New Mexico pressed local EOC capabilities to the limits.

Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Centers  

November 1, 2001

By Dave Douglas

Disasters can happen anywhere and, as so poignantly demonstrated in New York, it's our job to manage and mitigate them.

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