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<p>iRobot's 510 PackBot. Photo: iRobot.</p>

Tactical Robots Used In Japanese Nuclear Crisis

March 28, 2011
Models produced by iRobot — two iRobot 510 PackBot robots and two iRobot 710 Warrior robots — arrived in Japan on Friday. The two smaller robots can measure radiation levels close to the reactors and the two larger ones can pull hoses to spray water on the fuel rods.

Sheriff Joe Rolls SWAT, Actor Steven Seagal to Arrest Cockfighting Suspect

March 24, 2011
The Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's tactical deputies used the Lenco Bear armored rescue vehicle to open up a locked iron gate at the residence of Jesus Llovera, who was wanted on a cockfighting warrant.

South Carolina Agencies Launch UAV Surveillance Program

March 24, 2011
The agencies plan to use the craft to assist patrol officers during foot pursuits across jurisdictional boundaries. The small helicopters include cameras, and a weapon can be mounted if needed.

DSM Dyneema Introduces Protective Clothing at UK Trade Show

March 22, 2011
At the exhibition, DSM Dyneema will feature examples from industry leading manufacturers, together with new innovations and concepts for personal protection that will demonstrate the fiber's unique high strength at low weight, according to the company.

NTOA Offers Conference Scholarships to Officers

March 22, 2011
The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is providing conference scholarships to deserving law enforcement officers. These scholarships are offered for NTOA's Tactical Operations Conference in Richmond, Va., from Sept. 18-23.

Former S.C. SWAT Officer Shot by Former Colleague

March 21, 2011
Craig Brewster Thompson, 43, apparently committed "suicide by cop" after emerging at 3 a.m. Friday from the house where he had been keeping his 4-year-old twin daughters hostage for nearly four hours.
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Video: Wisconsin Officer Killed by Army Vet

March 21, 2011
Fond du Lac Officer Craig Birkholz, 28, was shot in the upper torso above his ballistic vest as he approached the home at 24 S. Lincoln Ave. K-9 Officer Ryan Williams and his dog Grendel were also shot at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Umbrella 'Gun' Triggers SWAT Callout at Virginia Mall

March 18, 2011
After seeing store surveillance images of himself reported on the local media, the man came forward to report he was carrying a black umbrella rather than a black rifle.
<p>Charlotte-Mecklenberg PD's Fred Thornton. Photo: CMPD.</p>

N.C. SWAT Officer Killed While Re-Inserting Flash-Bang Pin

March 17, 2011
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police SWAT veteran Fred Thornton died after incorrectly attempting to re-insert the pin into a flash-bang device when it exploded, according to preliminary results of the investigation.
<p>Photo courtesy of BlackHawk.</p>

BlackHawk Offers Mini Deployment Entry Kit

March 17, 2011
The Mini Deployment Kit consists of the Mini Deployment Bag with individual tool compartments for reduced noise signature and a secure carry of the Mini BoltMaster, Mini Breacher and the Micro ThunderSledge entry tools.
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