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<p>A 2012 AR-15 patrol rifle now comes with a 1913 quadrail, back-up iron sights, co-witnessed optic, vertical foregrip, QD sling swivels, and proprietary flash hider. Photo: Bob Parker</p>

How the North Hollywood Shootout Changed Patrol Arsenals  

February 28, 2012

On the 15th anniversary of one of the fiercest gun battles in modern law enforcement history, patrol officers are much better armed, equipped, and trained than they were in 1997.

<p>Photo: Danner</p>

Police Product Test: Danner DFA Boots  

February 17, 2012

For most of us winter means cold, wet, and/or snowy shifts. Mother Nature has a habit of making days as an officer or first responder miserable. Fortunately, Danner can help tame the weather with its DFA boots.

<p>Night Force Optics</p>

The Future of CQB Optics  

January 12, 2012

Today, rifle optics that once were only seen on SWAT weapons are now commonplace on patrol rifles. A lot has changed in less than 10 years. Which begs the question, What innovations are likely to change law enforcement CQB optics between now and 2021?

<p>Photo: PCSD</p>

Inside the Manhunt for the Ranger Killer  

January 5, 2012

The Pierce County (Wash.) Sheriff's SWAT team got the initial call of a ranger down and a gunman on the loose in Mount Rainer National Park. Tactical officers borrowed snow shoes from park service personnel and followed the suspect's tracks through the snowy, rugged terrain.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: 782 Gear's Rogue Parka  

November 22, 2011

The Rogue is 782's flagship parka. The fabric makes this "hard-shell" jacket virtually waterproof. It is also quiet. Most "hard-shells'" make that swishing sound that is not only annoying but can give you away when you require stealth.

<p>Photo: Cejay Engineering</p>

Electric Flash-Bang: Cejay Engineering's Hero  

November 14, 2011

Cejay Engineering's new Hero marking product is a distraction device with the goal of protecting officers and agencies from accidents with flash-bangs. The Hero is a battery-operated distraction device that emits an ear-splitting 130 decibels and flashes five times per second a blinding 600 lumens of light.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Tactical Gear  

October 27, 2011

Each year the manufacturers and distributors of tactical police products display their latest and greatest wares at POLICE-TREXPO. The following is a quick look at some of the coolest items exhibited and demonstrated at POLICE-TREXPO 2011.

<p>Sgt. Karl Lounge, front row, first on left; Officer Darrell Goodrow, front row, third from left; Officer Doug Weaver, second row, second from left; Officer Tim McClintick, second row, far right; Officer Max McDonald, back row, second from right. Photo: St. Petersburg (Fla.) PD.</p>

Officers Rescue Wounded Comrades Trapped In House with Armed Fugitive  

October 1, 2011

Five officers from the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Department were instrumental in the attempted rescue of three officers ambushed inside of a house.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com.</p>

9/11: Could a WMD Attack Happen Here?  

September 1, 2011

If you're telling yourself that a WMD attack could never happen in your town because it's too small or too remote, look around. Is there a chemical plant? What hazardous materials are rolling down the road? What kinds of toxins come through town on the rails? What's at the local Home Depot? What's at the local pool supply store?

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

9/11: WMD Preparedness Now  

September 1, 2011

One of the reasons that agencies are more complacent about WMD training now than immediately after 9/11 is the economics of the issue. Training costs money and pulls officers off the line. Another reason that WMD training is unpopular at many agencies is that it's not by any means a pleasant thing to do.

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