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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?

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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.

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

Ending a Barricade with Heavy Equipment  

August 24, 2011

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

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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Responding To the Tucson Shooting  

July 18, 2011

For policing professionals, the Tucson shooting offers another opportunity: to analyze the local public safety response to learn what worked, what could have been done better, and what takeaway lessons might help other agencies respond to a mass-casualty incident in their own city.

<p><em><strong>Members of the Eureka (Calif.) PD involved in the Honda incident  included (top, left to right,) Det. Ron Harpham, sniper; Officer Rocky  Harpham, entry; Sgt. Rigo Sanchez, team leader;&nbsp; Det. Todd Wilcox, team  leader; Officer Rob Metaxas, senior sniper; and (bottom row, left to  right) Sgt. Michael Johnson, entry; and Sgt. Bill Nova, SWAT team  commander.</strong></em></p>

Shots Fired: Eureka, California 12/08/2006  

July 1, 2011

Within a day of Honda's holing up in the motel room, the Eureka Police Department received information of the man's whereabouts. The idea of dealing with a man desperately determined to avoid arrest and under the influence of meth was not something Eureka officers wanted to even think about it.

Police Product Test: Original S.W.A.T. WinX2 Boots  

June 27, 2011

POLICE Magazine reviews Original S.W.A.T.'s WinX2 Boots, Benchmade's 930 Kulgera Knife, and Tactical Assault Gear's Phalanx T4 Fury Vest.

<p><em><strong>5.11 Tactical's Side Kick has a 2.125-inch blade, and retails for $49.99.</strong></em></p>

Fixed-Blade Knives for Duty  

June 22, 2011

Many of the fixed blades built for law enforcement are designed for heavy-duty applications: cutting seat belts and harnesses, hacking through underbrush, breaking windows, prying open doors (not recommended), or they can even be used to puncture liquid containers. These uses will generally destroy any pocket knife you might carry.

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical RUSH MOAB 10 Pack  

May 23, 2011

POLICE Magazine reviews 5.11 Tactical's RUSH MOAB 10 Pack, Tactical Tailor's Hybrid Enhanced Vest, and Tru-Spec's Tru Xtreme Apparel.

<p><em><strong>Crime scene photo of the infamous FBI Miami shootout, showing suspect and agents' vehicles and battle debris. Photo: Miami-Dade PD.</strong></em></p>

5 Gunfights That Changed Law Enforcement  

May 4, 2011

The gear and training employed by officers is much different today, partly as a result of the FBI Miami shootout. There have been other game-changing gunfights in the last quarter century. The following article examines each of them and how they changed your tactics, procedures, and policies.

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