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Police Combative Academy principles Louis Marquez, left, and Hans Marrero, right, demonstrate an open-hand technique designed to knock a knife out of a suspect’s hand.

The School of Hard Knocks  

February 1, 2004

By David Griffith

The introduction comes in the form of a three-minute round of body sparring in a 6X6-foot ring against the trainers, all noted martial artists and police DT instructors in their own right. Both the students and the instructors wear 16-ounce boxing gloves and headgear, but they still get hit and it still hurts.

Getting Justice for Lisa  

December 1, 2003

By David Spraggs

When violent crimes are committed in Boulder, they often involve UC students. One such crime was the brutal abduction and gang rape of a young woman that we'll call "Lisa."

A lightweight rain jacket from Watershed is ideal for motorcycle officers.

Stormy Weather Wear  

November 1, 2003

By Albert Neal

You start to think to yourself, "How could this shift get any worse?" And the heavens answer with a torrent of rain. But you can't seek shelter. You've got a job to do.

Tags: Outerwear

Shooting on the Move  

November 1, 2003

By Michael T. Rayburn

Since the majority of OISs are up close and personal, with no cover available, movement becomes an essential element in any gunfight.

Chief Accountability  

October 1, 2003

By Devallis Rutledge

Sometimes the man or woman in charge shoulders the blame, even when not personally involved in an incident.

Co-author Gary T. Klugiewicz takes a shot to the face.

Hot Shots  

October 1, 2003

By Gary T. Klugiewicz and Dave Young

OC has come a long way since it first arrived on the law enforcement market about a decade ago. Today, there are a wide variety of formulas, sizes, and systems that are common to the law enforcement market. And manufacturers keep working to develop improved versions.

Searching suspects is always dangerous. A thorough search technique is essential to keeping yourself and other officers safe.

Search Patterns  

May 1, 2003

By Gerald W. Garner

Patting down a suspect is serious business and you can never be reminded enough of the hazards of doing it poorly.

The London Metropolitan Police force was the model for the American city forces. This illustration shows a 19th-century “bobby” in a wool frock coat. Similar uniforms were worn by New York cops of the period.

Of Authorized Pattern  

May 1, 2003

By David Griffith

Like many other aspects of American society, much of police uniform tradition in the United States comes from across the pond.

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.

Killing 'em Softly  

December 1, 2002


Ask police defensive tactics (DT) instructors what's the most frequent cause of injury in their classes and they'll point the finger at an unlikely hazard: mats.

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