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SWAT Snipers

August 1, 2005

For as long as most active SWAT operators have been police officers, there has been one gospel truth about SWAT sniper operations: the 70-Yard Rule. Ask any SWAT sniper what is the average range of a police sniper shooting, and he will answer, “About 70 yards.” Ask him the source of his data, and he will say, “FBI statistics.”

Counter-Terrorism 101: Ambush and Abduction

August 1, 2005

Although they don't receive nearly as much press as bombings, vehicular ambushes are quite common in Israel.

Short Bursts

July 1, 2005

To be honest, I've never liked writing a hodge-podge of an editorial note. It's kind of a cheat. But I have a lot of things to talk about this month and, since this is my only platform to do it, I'm going to machine-gun some stuff at you.

How to Purchase Mobile Computers

July 1, 2005

Back in 1965, a few years before he helped found Intel, a scientist named Gordon Moore postulated a law of technology. What the brilliant Mr. Moore said is that the power of computers will double every year. Some say he said every 18 months.

Who Really Pays for Your Gear?

July 1, 2005

There are many professions in which workers receive some kind of additional pay to allow them to buy essential apparel, gear, and equipment for their work. Traditionally soldiers, nurses, even some janitors have received uniform allowances. But few professionals have come to rely on this practice as much as law enforcement officers.

Don’t Reach for the Keys

June 1, 2005

There’s probably not a patrol officer alive who hasn’t had the impulse. You don’t want an uncooperative drunk getting back on the road, so your first instinct is to reach in and take the keys from his ignition. Don’t do it.

Cops vs. Cars

June 1, 2005

At presstime many things had still not been publicly released regarding the Devin Brown incident. LAPD detectives, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, and the FBI were all investigating the shooting. So it’s not known where Garcia was standing when he discharged 10 rounds into the Camry. And it’s not known if his use of deadly force was justified.

Fighting Fire with Fire

May 1, 2005

It was March 21, 2:55 p.m., spring was in the air in the remote north woods of Minnesota, and the students of Red Lake High School were anxiously awaiting the sound of the bell. What they heard instead was explosions out in the hallway.

TREXPO West 2005

May 1, 2005

On the patio outside the Long Beach Convention Center there was a clear reminder of what the conference/trade show inside was all about. There, the Long Beach Police Department parked three tactical vehicles, and officers attending the recent Tactical Response Expo (TREXPO) West show had to pass by each to get into the doors.

Pros and Cons of Front-Wheel-Drive Police Cars

April 1, 2005

To say that Ford’s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is dominant in the police pursuit vehicle market is a gross understatement.

Childhood's End

April 1, 2005

Records show that on Sept. 23, 1997, North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Lowry pulled a car with South Carolina plates on I-95 near Fayetteville. The reason for the stop was reported as a seat belt violation, but the real reason was probably just that feeling that some veteran cops get that something just ain’t right.

SHOT Show 2005: Report From the Show Floor

April 1, 2005

You’d have to look hard to find a trade show with more of a split personality than the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show. In recent years, it has developed into two shows, really. One is a sporting show that features such things as duck hunting shotguns and new deer skinning tools and the other is a military and law enforcement gear show that includes grenade launchers and fully automatic weapons

Ready for Duty

April 1, 2005

Police vehicles serve many functions. They are symbols of law and order that help deter motorists from speeding and other people from committing serious offenses. They’re also rolling offices for sworn personnel, equipment haulers, and prisoner transportation systems. The list of all the tasks required of police vehicles could go on for a long time.

LEOSA: Don't Look Now

March 1, 2005

The 19th-century German monarch Otto von Bismarck once famously said, "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."

Disarming the Cops

February 1, 2005
They’re at it again. The activists and advocates of the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are trying to take away one of your most effective weapons: your Taser.

This Year's Models

February 1, 2005

So because every cop can't get a sneak peek at the latest police firearms on the floor of a major trade show, POLICE offers you this roundup of some of the latest in law enforcement tools.

How Tasers Are Used by the Cincinnati PD

February 1, 2005

When the Cincinnati Police Department decided to equip all of its patrol officers with X26 Tasers, department brass had to establish policy for use of the conductive weapons. After studying the research assembled by Specialist John Rose, Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. decided that the Cincinnati PD would place Tasers right after verbal commands in the department’s force continuum.

For Want of a Nail: Tom Ridge

January 1, 2005

It’s not his fault. But Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has always reminded me of a particularly ineffective basketball coach at my college. The coach was universally known as a nice guy, and he had this “innovative” way of signaling what play he wanted his team to run by holding up brightly colored cards on the sidelines. Heck, Ridge even looks a little like the guy. Which in my memory is not good. We went 4 and 26 that year.

IACP 2004: Best of Show

December 1, 2004

Almost every chief at the show was looking for ways to stretch budgets without compromising public or officer safety and maintaining officer morale and pride.

Two Sides of the Coin

November 1, 2004

There's an old chestnut that says the Chinese word for "crisis" is the same as the Chinese word opportunity.

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