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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

By Bob Parker

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

By Scott Smith

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

By David Griffith

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: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: 782 Gear's Rogue Parka  

November 22, 2011

By Scott Smith

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: Mark W. Clark</p>

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Tactical Gear  

October 27, 2011

By David Griffith

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

By Melanie Basich

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

By David Griffith

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

By David Griffith

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.

<p>Photo: Ti Goetz.</p>

Ending a Barricade with Heavy Equipment  

August 24, 2011

By Ti Goetz

When faced with a barricaded suspect, SWAT officers may want to consider using heavy construction equipment to end the incident.

Are We Teaching Cops To Run?  

August 19, 2011

By Dave Bahde

When a gunfight begins you need to end it, period. But many of you have been taught that your first need is to find cover. Which may be teaching you to run away from a fight instead of doing your duty, which is to "run toward the gunfire."

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