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Police Inventors: Building a Better Mousetrap

July 1, 2004

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s clearly true for cops. Sent out on the streets with often outdated or unproven equipment, cops, like soldiers, have been forced to improvise, tweak, jury-rig, or just plain create what they need.

Who Speaks For You?

July 1, 2004

Police organizations and unions should take care when voicing opinions for all cops.

Backup Gun Policies: Agency-by-Agency

June 1, 2004

Last June POLICE magazine published an editorial that asked readers to let us know if their agencies had policies that prohibited officers from carrying backup guns. We promised to contact these agencies and ask the reasons for the policies. Calls were made and the following is our agency-by-agency report.

Backup Gun Policies: Backup Guns Vs. Hideaway Guns

June 1, 2004

One of the biggest problems with the concept of backup guns is that police administrators have a tendency to confuse backup guns with smaller, often less reliable "hideaway guns."

Open Season

June 1, 2004

Cops are dying in California, and prosecutors are coddling their accused killers.

Special Report: Backup Gun Policies--Gun Control

June 1, 2004

It's not hard to make a strong case for backup guns. The basic contention of backup gun proponents is that old saw that goes: If you absolutely have to have one of something to ensure your survival, then you better have two.

TREXPO West: Class Act

May 1, 2004

Anyone who wanted a reminder of the deadly serious reason why TREXPO exists needed to look no further than the hallway outside the conference's seminar area.

TREXPO West: Report from the Show Floor

May 1, 2004

Twice each year, the Tactical Response Expo (TREXPO), in its East and West Coast versions, offers a showcase for the latest in equipment and services for tactical police operations.

Watching the Neighborhood

April 1, 2004

The 9/11 atrocities changed America. But unless they were directly affected, I don't think it really changed individual Americans. In fact, I think it had the opposite effect. If you were liberal before the attack, it made you more liberal; conservative, more conservative; pacifist, more pacifist...

SHOT Show 2004

April 1, 2004

Each year the law enforcement specific portion of the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show grows larger. This year's show was no exception.

Do You Smell Smoke?

March 1, 2004

Smoking is about as good for you as drinking toxic waste, although it's a lot more satisfying.

Personality Testing

February 1, 2004

It also means that I've stopped trying to tell the interviewing person what I think he or she wants to hear. Instead, I try to listen to what they have to say and respond with a genuine statement of how I would approach the job.

The School of Hard Knocks

February 1, 2004

The introduction comes in the form of a three-minute round of body sparring in a 6X6-foot ring against the trainers, all noted martial artists and police DT instructors in their own right. Both the students and the instructors wear 16-ounce boxing gloves and headgear, but they still get hit and it still hurts.

The Paper Chase

January 1, 2004

Innovative educational programs are making it more practical for cops to pursue degrees.

IACP 2003: Best of Show

December 1, 2003

A show like IACP often involves about a thousand or more exhibitors, hawking a wide variety of products and services.

A Message of Hope

December 1, 2003

In post-war Iraq, the only order will come from the work of good cops.

Paradox View

November 1, 2003

Cops are caught between a rock and a hard place on illegal immigration.

How To Investigate Cybercrime

November 1, 2003

Today and every day, thousands of people worldwide are being victimized by computer crime. That’s why just about every major municipal or county law enforcement agency in the United States now has a new breed of detective: the computer crime or “cybercrime” investigator.

Corruption: Breaking the Code of Silence

October 1, 2003

Not one of the officers contacted for "Cracking Down on Bad Cops" would admit that they or their colleagues had ever been affected by the code of silence. Their comments went something like this: "The code of silence is not part of the culture of this agency."

Corruption: Policing the Police

October 1, 2003

Among more polite officers, internal affairs is thought of as a necessary evil. In less polite, more candid circles it's thought of in less savory terms like "the secret police" and "the rat squad."

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