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Space Saver: WatchGuard's Hybrid Digital Video System

June 1, 2008

WatchGuard's DV-1 in-car video system is designed to take the hassle out of recording digital video. The system burns each event onto a rewritable DVD in the same DVD video format used for standard entertainment DVDs.

Speed Guns

June 1, 2008

Anybody who thinks he is going to beat a ticket in court may want to take a look at the latest tools in your arsenal. Here's a quick look at some of the more innovative radar and laser systems on the market.

Virginia Security Company Offers Executive Protection Training for Cops

May 9, 2008
Cops are drawn to personal security work as a part-time job or employment after retirement. They need special training so they can learn the differences between being a cop and being a personal security professional, he explains.

Justice Denied

May 1, 2008

In 1982, when Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death, Maureen Faulkner believed that she would soon see justice for her husband. But over the last 26 years she has seen nothing but injustice.

FN's SCAR Rifle Offers Heavy Punch, Light Recoil

May 1, 2008

Available in two versions—5.56mm and 7.62mm—the SCAR was developed to meet specific SOCOM requirements, but it would make an excellent SWAT rifle.

The Aggrieved: Survivor Maureen Faulkner

May 1, 2008

Maureen Faulkner knows the truth, and she wants everyone else to know it. Danny Faulkner was a good cop, a decorated officer who loved his job, loved his family and friends, and loved serving his community. And Mumia Abu-Jamal was, and is, a cold-blooded killer who was motivated by his pure hatred of all cops to murder her husband.

Communication Breakdown

April 1, 2008

Last Month Utah paid a lawyer and his client $40,000. The lawyer represented Jared Massey, a 20-something-year-old Vernal resident. Massey's cause of action was that a state trooper named Jon Gardner had used excessive force and thereby violated his civil rights by shocking him twice with a TASER during a Sept. 14 traffic stop.

Life Preserver: The Integrated Tourniquet System

April 1, 2008

As you read this, one of your fellow officers may be bleeding out from an extremity wound. She may have been shot or stabbed by a dirtbag. Or just as likely, he is pinned in a smashed car while rescue personnel desperately try to get to him and render care. Either way, he or she only has minutes to live.

'Terror at Beslan' Author's Chilling Keynote Inspires TREXPO Crowd to Combat School Terrorism

April 1, 2008

Tactical consultant John Giduck used a lot of humor in his six-hour two-day keynote presentation at TREXPO West. And that's a good thing because Giduck's presentation is about Islamist terror attacks on children, especially school children. So if his audience of veteran cops and soldiers didn't have some comic relief, they'd probably start crying.

Officers Lace Up the Gloves at TREXPO West

April 1, 2008

The first bout featured Dave "Knockout" Apodaca of the LASD vs. Dustin "The Nosebleeder" Ciscel of the Anaheim Police Department. In the second fight, Armando "The Hitman" Guzman of LASD squared off against George "The Argentinian Olympian" Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. And in the final contest Mike "Machete" Giacoletti of the Orange County Sheriff's Department battled Carlos "Chupacabra" Navarro, a special agent with the FBI.

TREXPO West 2008: Best of Show

April 1, 2008

Both TREXPO's roots and its evolving focus were both evident in the product offerings at the West Coast edition of the conference held Feb. 19–22 in Long Beach, Calif. On the show floor of the Long Beach Convention Center, several new products made their debut and several others made their TREXPO debut.

Attendees Get Hands-On Training at TREXPO West

April 1, 2008

For the first time, TREXPO conference attendees were offered the chance to earn POST credit for attending a wide variety of hands-on and classroom lecture TREXPO conference sessions.

Making Body Armor Better

April 1, 2008

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.

Open Season

March 1, 2008
You need to do everything that you can legally do to avoid becoming a statistic.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Teaching to the Test

March 1, 2008

One thing that's clear from the statistics is that law enforcement is becoming a more dangerous occupation. Which begs the question: Is the training that the average law enforcement officer receives adequate enough to help him or her counter the threats presented by the job?

When Is a Death Sentence Not a Death Sentence?

February 1, 2008

Even with appeals, Jesse Timmendequas should have been scragged, toe-tagged, and bagged long before the Y2K celebrations.

Lights with Bite

February 1, 2008

Michael Teig, CEO of TigerLight, readily admits that the company's new T100 compact TigerLight was designed as a civilian self-defense tool, primarily for women. But he also believes the fist-sized LED flashlight and OC dispenser will be popular with on-duty law enforcement officers.

In Praise of the Patrol Officer

January 1, 2008

Morale has hit new lows in the patrol ranks of some departments. Which is sad, because patrol is the core task of any police department.

Gun Camera

January 1, 2008
What if you could screen a video for the outraged public that shows exactly what the officer saw—the kid with the gun—from the moment the officer drew her weapon to the moment that she holstered it?

The State of American Law Enforcement - The Thinning Blue Line

January 1, 2008

America is running short of cops. There aren't enough to go around. And it won't be long until a shortage becomes a full-fledged crisis.

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