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How to...Open a Cold Case  

May 1, 2003

By David Spraggs

A few months ago, newspapers around the country covered the arrest of Gerald Mason for a murder that happened when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House. Mason was rousted out of a comfortable life in South Carolina and charged with killing two police officers in the Los Angeles suburb of El Segundo, Calif. In 1957.

Textron’s new armored vehicle.

TREXPO West: Tactical Tools  

May 1, 2003

By David Griffith

The motto of the Law Enforcement Tactical Response Show & Conference (TREXPO) is, "Well armed, well prepared, and well informed."

Binocular Basics  

April 1, 2003

By Roy Huntingon

Look on the front seat of the vast majority of police cars today and I'd wager you'll see a beat up pair of K-Mart binoculars (or worse).

Tags: Duty Gear

Maximum Blitz: Super Bowl Security  

April 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

Post-9/11 America is a tense place to plan for huge gatherings of football fans in crowded urban areas

Battlefield Medicine  

March 1, 2003

By Lois Pilant

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

America In the Crosshairs: Inside NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Bureau  

February 1, 2003

By Shelley Feuer Domash

NYPD's counter-terrorism unit works out of a windowless brick building somewhere in one of the five boroughs of the Big Apple. To the average person passing by, the building looks no different than any of the other rundown buildings in the area. It's covered with graffiti, surrounded by nondescript private cars, and shadowed by a worn elevated commercial billboard.

DNA: Evolving Technology  

February 1, 2003


DNA testing is a complicated thing. But it’s nowhere near as complicated as it used to be.

Example of handheld computers in the field.  Panasonic PDA at traffic stop.

PDAs on Patrol  

February 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix  

February 1, 2003

By Scoville, Dean

Blood stains are really hard to get out. And today, with the advent of DNA matching, it’s even harder for criminals to mask their violent deeds, as just trace amounts of blood and other biological materials can put investigators hot on their trail.

Tags: DNA, Funding

Untapped Resources  

January 1, 2003

By David Griffith

It was once believed that the Internet would run every print publication in America out of business some time in the first year of the then expected Gore presidency. But a funny thing happened on the way to print's inevitable extinction. The dinosaurs didn't lay down and decay into crude oil.

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