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Preparing for the "Big One"  

September 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

Only you know your leadership situation. Whether you are the chief of police or an officer on the beat, you should know your area of responsibility and what is required of you when the "big one" hits, whatever that catastrophe may be.

Stay Ready  

September 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Be prepared for things to go south on every contact you make. You never know when you’ll need to take chase or pull your gun at a moment’s notice.

Down the Corridors  

September 1, 2005

By James D. Stalnaker

Building search is one of the most dangerous assignments that you will face in your career as a police officer. Suspects hidden in buildings have some potentially deadly advantages over you: They know where they are, the know their numbers, they know if they are armed, and they can wait for you to come to them or remain concealed until you leave.

All Wrapped Up  

August 1, 2005

By Commander Gilmore

A hapless crook sorta brought his own handcuffs—and manacles, ankle-irons, and hood, though he didn’t mean to. Officers responding to a report of a home-invasion robbery in Georgetown, Guyana, arrived looking for two scumbag suspects. But all they saw was a merry mob of neighborhood residents dancing around a utility pole.

Counter-Terrorism 101  

August 1, 2005

By Howard Linett

My northern Jerusalem neighborhood, and the area within a few minutes drive from my home, has been the site of more than 20 terrorist attacks. So I feel like I have earned a Ph.D. in attack tactics and techniques from Terrorist University. What I have learned I now share with you, the American law enforcement officer.

A Collision Course on Traffic Investigations  

August 1, 2005

By Dan Pasquale

Like any other common task, accident investigations can become a bit routine for most patrol officers. Important details can be inadvertently missed as we try to finish up to get to the next call.

Combating Conditioned Hesitation  

July 1, 2005

By Michael Andrew Lord VanBlaricum

There are many factors that can lead to an officer hesitating in the kill zone. Any hesitation in a crisis situation can potentially cost an officer his or her life. Factors contributing to this problem include but are not limited to training, the officer’s level of physical fitness, the officer’s mindset and attitudes, suspect/subject factors, and fear.

Torture Testing  

June 1, 2005

By Dave Young and Gary T. Klugiewicz

All holsters are not created equal. You know that. You also know that different types of holsters are designed to be used for different police applications. But what you may not know is how to evaluate holsters for quality, fit, retention, and general function.

Dive Training: Beyond the Basics  

May 1, 2005

By Mark Kariya

Beyond the basic dive certification that most enthusiasts get from the PADI, an agency will probably have to depend on a more specialized source for training.

Storytelling  

April 1, 2005

By Mark G. Stainbrook

Cops are by definition storytellers. We deal with a situation, then go back to the station or to our vehicles, gather our thoughts, and tell the story in the form of a report.

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