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Female officers need gear that allows them to climb fences and perform other demanding tasks.

Women's Wear  

July 23, 2009

By Lori Connelly

Gone are the days when a woman police officer was acting as a social worker with a badge, and they now fill as many roles as male police officers do. Many companies are adjusting what they manufacture and sell to specifically meet the needs of women police officers. This is after years of providing only unisex products and using a one size fits most business model.

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Duty Flashlights  

May 1, 2009

By Scott Smith

So what makes a good duty light? It all depends on what you want to use it for. Obviously, you want it to illuminate an area or areas, but there are other considerations.

Duty Uniforms  

April 1, 2009

By Melanie Basich

Find the right uniform for your shift. Read our product roundup that includes 5.11 Tactical, Elbeco, Fechheimer, Red the Uniform Tailor and The Force.

Ladies Choice  

January 1, 2009

By Melanie Basich

Uniforms aren't known for making fashion statements, but ideally they should be both comfortable and professional looking. With its Ladies Choice design, Elbeco feels it has finally created women's trousers to meet both of these criteria.

Evaluating the State of American Law Enforcement  

December 1, 2008

By David Griffith

The truth is that the state of American law enforcement is a very fluid thing.

Contacting Mentally Ill Subjects  

December 1, 2008

By Mike Siegfried and Kevin Arlotti

Fill your tool belt with things you need to keep yourself safe when dealing with the mentally ill. Each piece of information gathered before arriving on scene is another tool you may need.

Shots Fired: Jersey Village, Texas 01-31-2006  

October 1, 2008

By Dean Scoville

Officer Holly Mong had just gotten into the vehicle in her driveway and no sooner closed the driver's side door than it flew back open. She was being carjacked.

A female officer from the Calgary Police Service. Courtesy of thivierr (Flickr.com).

In Praise of Women Warriors  

June 1, 2008

By David Griffith

For decades female police officers received little respect from male cops. They were treated as "secretaries with badges." Today, only a knuckle-dragging caveman would believe that women don't have the courage and determination to be cops.

Two female officers of the NYPD. Photo courtesy of NYCArthur (Flickr.com).

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors  

June 1, 2008

By Melanie Basich

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

Cuffing with Useful Force  

May 1, 2008

By Richard Nance and David Hallford

Tragically, the lives of many officers have been lost at the hands of suspects who attacked without warning as the officer attempted to apply handcuffs. Fortunately, there is a safer way to gauge a suspect's resistance while effectively controlling him.

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