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Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier

March 20, 2012

In recent years technology has come to the aid of tactical police units to help them gain better intel and counter their adversaries' tactical advantages.

FOCUS Act: A Law of Unintended Consequences

March 5, 2012

Recent news that Congress is considering a bill that could strip federal fish and game officers of their firearms struck a nerve with me. It's another example of civilians not realizing the dangers faced by these dedicated officers.

SHOT Show 2012: Best of Show

March 1, 2012

Last month, we gave you a look at some of the items from SHOT that immediately caught our attention. This month, we're going to open up the briefcase, and the boxes, load the CDs and the jump drives, and give you our Best of Show report.

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?

February 22, 2012

Many experts say the smartphone will not become a truly viable law enforcement tool until a new high-speed data (LTE) system for public safety is in place. But even with the current commercial cellular data system smartphones are playing a major role in law enforcement operations.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

February 7, 2012

"Kill me if you can, suckers." That was the taunting sign-off of a letter written to the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette newspaper last month by convicted killer Danny Hembree Jr.

WMD Products for Law Enforcement

January 25, 2012

Today, there's less emphasis on equipping every law enforcement agency in America for responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) incidents. But that doesn't mean that some officers at some agencies are in need of the latest personal protective equipment.

The Future of CQB Optics

January 12, 2012

Today, rifle optics that once were only seen on SWAT weapons are now commonplace on patrol rifles. A lot has changed in less than 10 years. Which begs the question, What innovations are likely to change law enforcement CQB optics between now and 2021?

Stop Making Victims

January 3, 2012

Not resisting is fine when all Joe Thug wants is a wallet or purse. But if he wants to kill, it's time to resist. Hopefully the would-be victim has a gun or a knife but if not there's bricks, rocks, car keys, elbows, knees, feet, fists...

15 Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In An Online University

December 22, 2011

A law enforcement officer who is considering the pursuit of a degree through an online university needs to know the answers to the following questions before enrolling.

How Video Analysis Helped the Vancouver Riot Prosecutors

December 16, 2011

The Vancouver Police Department and surrounding agencies anaylized hundreds of hours of video footage in the prosecution of hockey hooligans.

Blue on Blue: The Speeding Miami Cop

December 6, 2011

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper's decision to pull over a speeding Miami PD cruiser on Florida's Turnpike sparked blue-on-blue tensions that verged on childishness.

Mobile Computing Tools

November 30, 2011

In the last decade, law enforcement patrol vehicles have become more like high-tech offices than the old-fashioned prowl cars of the past. Today's officer has more technology in his or her patrol unit than astronauts had in the space shuttle. And like any high-tech office, the new patrol car cabin is built around the presence of a powerful computer.

Editorial: Lions and Tigers and Bears

November 7, 2011

The sheriff of Muskingum County, Ohio, Matt Lutz, and his officers went to work on Oct. 19, probably expecting the usual routine operations of a rural sheriff's department. But before the day was over they became reluctant big game hunters.

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Tactical Gear

October 27, 2011

Each year the manufacturers and distributors of tactical police products display their latest and greatest wares at POLICE-TREXPO. The following is a quick look at some of the coolest items exhibited and demonstrated at POLICE-TREXPO 2011.

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Grossman on Media Violence

October 27, 2011

Author, scholar, and warrior Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (U.S. Army Ret.) returned to POLICE-TREXPO East this year with his presentation "The Bulletproof Mind."

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Iraq War Vet's Memoir

October 27, 2011

Staff Sgt. David Bellavia, author of "House to House: An Epic Memoir of War," gave the keynote presentation at this year's POLICE-TREXPO East. He gave a stirring presentation on close-quarter battle in the Battle of Fallujah.

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Overview

October 27, 2011

One of the reasons why this year's POLICE-TREXPO conference was so memorable was the quality of the instructors. The POLICE-TREXPO staff assembled some of the top educators and speakers in law enforcement to present a widely varied schedule of classes.

Mobile Computers: Central Processing Units

October 24, 2011

The public safety mobile data customer now needs fast and rugged. That's because of tools like automatic license plate readers (ALPR) and high-end computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems. That software requires state-of-the-art processing power. Fortunately, there are now plenty of computer makers willing and able to supply high-powered mobile computers for law enforcement.

Harris Corp.'s BeOn P25 Radio App

October 10, 2011

Harris Corp.'s BeOn software app, which was demonstrated at this year's Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) conference in Philadelphia, inexpensively converts an Android smartphone into a push-to-talk (PTT) Project 25 radio.

Be Careful Out There

October 1, 2011

I think complacency is also the reason why so many veteran cops tend to get in serious trouble. You let down your guard and you end up doing things you would have never dreamed of doing as a rookie, things that are extremely damaging to your career and your livelihood.

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