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N.C. SWAT Officer's Funeral Relocated to Larger Church

February 28, 2011
The service was moved to uptown's First Baptist Church of Charlotte from Calvary Church, due to the expected attendance of hundreds of officers from around the state and well wishers.

N.C. SWAT Vet Dies From Flash-Bang Blast While Securing Gear

February 26, 2011
Officer Fred Thornton, a 23-year veteran and father of four, was transported to Carolinas Medical Center and underwent surgery, yet succumbed to his injuries.

Indiana SWAT Captain Wins First POLICE Magazine Gear Contest

February 25, 2011
Capt. Gary Moody of the Columbus (Ind.) Police Department won all of the gear featured in POLICE Magazine's Well Dressed SWAT Officer contest. "I received the call to tell me I had won the day before my 50th birthday," says Moody. "It was my best present!"
<p>Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata. Photo via ICE.</p>

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

February 24, 2011
Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.

Sixth-Grader Helps Florida Cops Catch Home Invaders

February 22, 2011
The 12-year-old hid in her bedroom closet and told the emergency dispatcher everything she could until SWAT and K-9 officers arrived to surround the residence and confront the suspects.

California Bay Area Standoff Ends Without Incident

February 22, 2011
The standoff began, when officers responded to an alarm from a business at Mission and West Market streets. Responding officers heard gun shots and followed a man and woman to a home in the south San Francisco community.

Seattle Police Vehicles, Substation Vandalized During Protest

February 19, 2011
The crowd chanted, "No justice, no peace! No racist police!" and marched for three hours. Protesters threw water bottles at a police barricade and vandalized police vehicles. Officers used pepper spray on the crowd.

N.C. Bank Robber Tells Hostage To Call Police

February 11, 2011
A female bank employee who called 911 told the dispatcher, "We're getting robbed, and the guy told me to call the police." The man apparently jumped the teller line and demanded nothing more than the call.
The Army and Marine Corps will begin field-testing new helmets in the fall to replace the Advanced Combat Helmet (shown). Photo courtesy of Army News Service.

New Military Helmet Blocks Rifle Shots

February 11, 2011
The Army plans to begin using an improved combat helmet in the fall that greatly improves resistance to rifle ammunition, surpassing the capabilities of the Advanced Combat Helmet now in use.

Coalition for Tactical Medicine Receives Donation From CMS

February 5, 2011
The Coalition for Tactical Medicine announces the receipt of a generous donation from Combat Medical Systems (CMS), a distributor of tactical medical care products.
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