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Standing Their Ground

October 1, 2005
Most of us—Thank God—will never experience anything as emotionally, physically, and spiritually shattering as Hurricane Katrina. Short of an atomic bomb detonation or a biological attack, Katrina is as bad as it gets.

TREXPO East 2005: A Training Buffet

October 1, 2005

Conference attendance was up significantly at this year’s TREXPO East, held Aug. 29 through Aug. 31 in Chantilly, Va. And with good reason. The conference program offered an excellent balance of hands-on defensive tactics training, anti-terrorism classes, and patrol and SWAT tactics courses.

TREXPO East 2005: Best of Show

October 1, 2005

At each TREXPO trade show, the staff of Police fans out into the aisles in search of the most innovative police products on display at the show. Some shows are better than others.

TREXPO East 2005: Words of Wisdom and Warning

October 1, 2005

This year's TREXPO East, held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in Chantilly, Va., was an unusual kind of law enforcement trade show. It actually had star power. It had Sgt. Major Billy Waugh of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Making a Federal Case

September 1, 2005

The overwhelming majority of lawsuits filed against police officers and their agencies include both state and federal causes of action.

Head Shots

September 1, 2005

Even the summers in England were cold to Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes. So on July 22 when the temperatures in South London were balmy to the locals, Menezes was bundled up in a coat.

Liability: Staying Off the Hook

September 1, 2005

A process server has dropped a summons and complaint notice in your hand. You’re being sued for something that the plaintiff claims you did on the job.

Our Greatest Resource

August 1, 2005

Reader requests, forum comments, and other feedback from you often lead to news stories, editorials, and even full-fledged features and special reports.

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

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