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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.

Making Body Armor Better  

April 1, 2008

By David Griffith

It started with a gunfight. Almost 40 years ago a former Marine named Richard Davis was delivering a pizza in downtown Detroit when three men tried to rob him at gunpoint. As he recovered from his wounds, Davis realized the need for lightweight body armor that could be worn by law enforcement officers in the field.

Trusty Sidekicks  

March 1, 2008

By Melanie Basich

From mats to padded gear to simulated weapons, safety begins with training using the right equipment.

The State of American Law Enforcement - The Blue Mosaic  

February 1, 2008

By Dean Scoville

Who becomes a cop? Who are the men and women that comprise the ranks of a profession where they can be killed for no reason other than the fact that they are cops?

The Shape of Women's Body Armor  

October 1, 2007

By Melanie Basich

You don't need to have majored in biology to know that men and women are not created equal—in measurements, that is. That's why female officers need ballistic vests made especially for their unique shapes. And now that women make up a more significant amount of the market share in law enforcement, body armor companies are taking notice.

The Storyteller: Joseph Wambaugh  

October 1, 2007

By Dean Scoville

Few artists have done more to change the way that cops are portrayed in popular culture than best-selling author Joseph Wambaugh. While Jack Webb's Joe Friday was all about the facts, ma'am, Wambaugh's cop characters were and are all about the heart and soul. They are human and their profession takes a toll on them as individuals.

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