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Police Radios Transition into a New Era

November 17, 2015

Although they aren't as sexy as the other contemporary tools of law enforcement that make more headlines like body-worn cameras and high-tech forensics equipment, no technology is more vital to your mission than your communications equipment.

TacVent: Cooling System

November 17, 2015

Jeff Shelton says throughout much of his law enforcement career he wouldn't wear body armor for the same reason that many officers refuse to wear their vests, heat and discomfort.

Make Them Pay

November 17, 2015

Last month within about a 10-day period several on-duty law enforcement officers were denied service at outlets of some of the largest restaurant chains in the country. You've read the stories, but I'm going to take you back through one that really makes my blood boil.

Computers Built Cop Tough

October 29, 2015

Agencies wishing to avoid downtime and the cost of re-installing software into their devices now can choose from a wide variety of makes and models of rugged and semi-rugged machines from a number of different makers. Here's a look at some devices that are probably not 100% cop proof but can take a beating.

A War of Words

October 22, 2015

In the last 13 months, there have been some horrific murders of police officers that appear to have been at least spurred by the animosity toward police that flashed up after Ferguson and the Eric Garner incident in New York City.

Shots Fired: North Liberty, Iowa 03-10-2013

October 19, 2015

Neighbors peered out of the windows of their trailers hoping she was finally going to leave him. But they quickly learned she wouldn't be allowed to go quietly. She was in her Chevy Cavalier trying to drive off. He was jumping on the hood and raising the devil's own noise.

Two-Officer Cars: The Buddy System

October 16, 2015

Two-officer units may cost a city more, but they provide many benefits that can save the lives of officers. 

Crime: A Perfect Storm

September 30, 2015

America's rising crime rate is being driven by early release of violent prisoners, ineffective handling of criminal aliens, and the prosecution of police officers for doing their jobs, which makes officers hesitant to do their jobs.

How to Become a Bomb Tech

September 4, 2015

There are many more officers who want to wear the fabled bomb tech symbol of laurel leaves, electric bolts, and an aerial known as the "crab" than there are positions available.

The Next-Generation Moving Target

August 20, 2015

GNAT Warfare is expanding its offerings with a new line of radio-controlled ground targets for law enforcement, military, and civilian tactical training.

Viewing Video: Just Press Play

August 6, 2015

Denying officers access to the video records of incidents before they write their reports serves only one purpose: It's a trap. The goal here is to play "gotcha" with the officers and try to catch them in a lie.

Do Police Have to be Perfect?

July 16, 2015

If we start punishing officers for every mistake, just because an encounter ended in the justified shooting of a suspect, then officers will surely minimize their contact with suspects.

Hurst StrongArm: A Fistful of Hydraulic Power

July 14, 2015

The StrongArm is a lightweight, compact battery-driven hydraulic tool. It can break open metal or wooden doors and cut through chains, rebar, security bars, and even two-by-fours.

Streamlining the Chain of Evidence

July 14, 2015

CMPD crime scene techs say their work can be very physically demanding and officers often don't realize what is involved. "I don't know how many times I have shown up on a scene and the officers have said to me, 'It's just going to be pictures,'" says Crime Scene Supervisor Roy Patterson. "But it doesn't work like that."

Critical Incident Drills: Staging a Dress Rehearsal

June 30, 2015

Before a sheriff or chief is going to sign off on committing resources to a practical critical incident exercise, you will have to convince him or her of need. And he or she will likely be more receptive to the idea if you have done some work and determined what bugs need to be worked out in your response plan.

Predictive Policing: Seeing the Future

June 30, 2015

Predictive policing is the computerized analysis of historical crime data from databases, record management systems, and other digital sources. Agencies have achieved a lot of great results using this tool, but experts say law enforcement agencies have just begun to scratch the surface of what the technology can do.

IBM Introduces Cloud Version of Coplink

June 23, 2015
IBM i2 Coplink uses sophisticated analytics and "fuzzy" searches to allow investigators to discover hidden relationships and patterns that can be used to solve crimes. Geospatial mapping features in the software can quickly create maps, highlighting types of incidents such as arson, burglaries, or prowling by specific dates or times of day, and location.

A Really Bad Month

May 30, 2015

T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" begins with the words "April is the cruelest month…" I can't think of a more appropriate summation of what April 2015 was like for American law enforcement; it was an exceptionally "cruel" month.

Kings of the Road

May 24, 2015

There are many things that an in-car video system can do that body cameras can't do or can't do nearly as well. Primarily, in-car video evidence capture was specifically designed for monitoring the activity in and around a vehicle—whether that vehicle is stopped or moving.

25 Ways to Make Police Training More Effective

April 29, 2015

Because police training is in the news we thought it was a good time to ask veteran officers and trainers how they would improve law enforcement training and make it more effective. The following is collected from the comments of more than a dozen sources.

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