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A Use-of-Force Continuum for Dealing with Dogs

November 4, 2014

If the owner or another person known to the dog is not available, you may be able to gain the dog’s acceptance by softening your approach. Dog experts recommend you stop moving toward the dog, assume a bladed stance sideways to the dog, and avoid eye contact, while talking to him in a strong, reassuring tone. This may have a calming effect that will allow you to safely conduct your business and leave.

Planned Operations and Dogs

November 4, 2014

Some SWAT teams have become very adept at using non-lethal tools to neutralize the threat presented by dogs. Retired Cleveland SWAT entry team leader Robert O'Brien says that long before the Hells Angels case and its nearly $2 million in settlements his SWAT team always considered the presence of dogs in its planning. O'Brien's tool of choice for getting the dogs out of the way was the fire extinguisher.

Sued for Shooting a Dog

November 4, 2014

Your biggest fear in a dog shooting lawsuit is punitive damages. While compensatory damages are likely to be covered by your employer, punitive damages are probably coming out of your pocket.

Can Police Stop Killing Dogs?

October 29, 2014

As with other police encounters involving civilians and what the public perceives as bad outcomes, many dog shooting incidents are captured on video and posted on the Internet. Some officers have even been fired for shooting dogs.

In-car Video: Eyes on the Road

October 28, 2014

Here's a look at some of the latest in-car video systems for law enforcement operations.

Officer Safety Training Tip: Defending Against the Bear Hug

September 17, 2014
Coach John Crouch of the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., demonstrates how to defeat an attacker who gets you in an underarm bear hug.

Body Armor Comfort and Protection

September 4, 2014

By using a wide variety of new ballistic materials and through proprietary design technologies, the makers of soft body armor are starting to produce some innovative vests that meet the NIJ .06 standard, provide excellent threat protection, and give wearers improved comfort.

Mission Critical Software

September 2, 2014

On a day-to-day basis, Mission Manager can help commanders and supervisors with many tasks. In addition, it facilitates the scheduling of training and allows users to quickly and efficiently communicate with all or some of their officers via voice, text, and e-mail.

When Did You Get Artillery?

September 2, 2014

I have yet to hear anyone explain cogently what is meant by "militarization of police." I guess it means you shouldn't have any weapons other than nightsticks and revolvers.

Motorola APX 7000L: Two Radios in One

August 29, 2014

Motorola Solutions is preparing for the future with its new hybrid LMR/cellular data radio. The Motorola APX 7000L Multiband Radio with LTE is an upgrade of the company's popular digital P25 APX 7000 radio handset that will receive LTE data signals over a yet-to-be-disclosed nationwide cellular carrier and, when it comes online, FirstNet.

Caught in the Middle of Public Rage Against the Government

August 14, 2014

Federal officers are not alone in drawing the ire of anti-government types. There's a lot of rage nationwide against all forms of authority...including you.

Cyber Security: Locking Down the Databases

August 8, 2014

Computer security is one of the primary concerns for many of the nation's companies and government agencies. Billions of dollars is spent each year on preventing external threats from entering protected networks. But the sad truth is that most computer network breaches are caused by sloppy internal security policies and procedures.

The POLICE Light and Laser Survey

July 31, 2014

Because of the critical importance of illumination tools in law enforcement operations, POLICE recently conducted a survey about flashlight, weapon light, and laser sight ownership, usage, and training among working law enforcement officers. The following is a snapshot of our findings.

Good, Bad, and Awful News: A Month on the Job

July 17, 2014

Each week, the staff here at POLICE posts a couple dozen or more news items on Here's a snapshot of what we covered, good, bad, and awful, in June.

Tactical Medicine in Transition

July 15, 2014

So if emergency medical response during critical incidents is now going to be performed by patrol officers and individual SWAT operators, do law enforcement agencies still need tactical medical support? The experts say yes and for a variety of reasons.

Hemorrhage Control

June 23, 2014

Officer Joshua Burns might have bled out and died if it wasn't for a new emergency medical program that the Dallas PD had implemented just weeks before he was shot. As part of that program, 3,200 Dallas officers had been trained in basic hemorrhage control techniques and issued Tactical Medical Solutions' Downed Officer Kit (DOK).

Seattle PD Lawsuit: Calling Out Goliath

June 21, 2014

Late last month 126 officers of the Seattle Police Department decided it was time to stand up and challenge Goliath, in this case the federal government. Instead of a sling and a stone, they wielded a lawsuit.

5.11 Tactical: Rethinking the Duty Belt

June 13, 2014

Development of 5.11 Tactical's new Sierra Bravo Duty Belt was spurred by a request from an overseas law enforcement agency for a nylon duty belt that was lighter than comparable models and innovative.

Mass Killers: Gun Control is Not the Answer

June 3, 2014
After a mass murder incident like Isla Vista, the media loves to run a lot of stories that imply such tragedies would surely be a thing of the past if we could just outlaw all the guns. Those same reporters rarely consider how much damage this killer could have done in a crowded classroom with a blade.

Duty Dangers

May 30, 2014

If you really want to gain some insight into all the hazards you face on the job—both the felonious and the non-felonious variety—then all you have to do is read the newsletters that we send via e-mail to you several times per week.

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