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TREXPO East 2009: Hard Lessons

October 30, 2009

TREXPO East 2009 offered three days of classes covering topics ranging from knife defense to European tactical medicine techniques. Some of the best classes during this year's TREXPO East conference focused on terrorism and its effects on front line officers.

TREXPO East 2009: Report from the Aisles

October 30, 2009

A tactical law enforcement trade show like TREXPO East tends to attract some fairly innovative tools. Walking the aisles, you could see the latest tactical vehicles, weapons, communications, and apparel. Here's a quick look at some of the things that caught our attention.

Beyond Facial Recognition

October 30, 2009

Currently, biometric systems are being used every day by officers in two distinct missions: security and identification. And they can be very useful.

Cleaning Up the LEOSA Mess

October 22, 2009
If the LEOSA improvements bills become law, retired officers will need to have an official ID from their agency and qualify with a state-certified firearms instructor who qualifies police in their states of residence. This could make it much easier for retired officers from say Illinois agencies to exercise LEOSA carry rights.

GM Revives Caprice Patrol Car For 2011

October 5, 2009
Regardless of how it is configured, the sleek Caprice PPV is likely to make an impression on traffic scofflaws. Revealing the concept car, GM executive Jim Campbell touted the car's bold and commanding presence. He asked, "Can you imagine this baby in your rearview mirror?"

Columbine: The Horror Writer

September 18, 2009

POLICE Magazine editor David Griffith recently spoke with "Columbine" author Dave Cullen about the psychology of Eric Harris, law enforcement response the day of the massacre, the investigation, and how school shootings can be prevented.

The Fallacy of the Nonviolent Offender

September 17, 2009

About 33 percent of so-called "nonviolent" offenders have a history of arrests for violent crimes.

Rethinking D.A.R.E.

August 31, 2009

For some of the kids in the D.A.R.E. program, the D.A.R.E. officer is the only adult that they can really talk to.

TASER X3: Three in One

August 31, 2009

The three-shot TASER pistol marketed as the X3 has been one of the company's most secret projects. It's also been a product that cops have been requesting for years.

Money Laundering for Morons

August 27, 2009
Collectibles are fragile and a very poor investment. That's why I was stunned earlier this week when I read that a methamphetamine ring in Colorado used comic books for money laundering.

TREXPO Panel: Active Shooter Response Spurs Lively Discussion

August 19, 2009
"Active shooters are a tactical-officer problem not a tactical-team problem," PoliceMag.com SWAT columnist Robert O’Brien said opening the discussion.

Terrorism with a Small "t"

July 31, 2009

Terrorists walk among us. They don't all have long beards and turbans and live in caves in Afghanistan.

Military Standard

July 31, 2009

For more than 15 years now, the company has been making rugged notebook systems designed for use on patrol by law enforcement officers. Getac's latest law enforcement model is the upgraded V100 rugged convertible notebook.

30 Things You Need to Know About Body Armor

July 23, 2009

Once a curious novelty, today body armor is one of those things that a lot of officers take for granted. It's something that few officers give a second thought. But there's a lot that the average officer should know about his or her concealed "life preserver."

Across the Great Generational Divide

July 2, 2009

There are some things that you begin to realize as you gray. For example, the youngsters that you work with no longer “get” your cultural references. And you start to feel like Grandpa Simpson droning on about things that make no sense to the people around you.

Can We Stop Giving Public Money to "Former" Gang Members Now?

June 25, 2009

Earlier this week, the executive director of Homies Unidos, Alex Sanchez, was arrested by the FBI. The FBI says that Sanchez is a shotcaller in the Normandie click of MS-13. He is charged with “racketeering offenses,” including conspiracy to murder.

Smart Guns Are Not Ready for Duty

June 12, 2009

What the lab tried to communicate to the NYPD was that the technology wouldn’t have prevented the Edwards tragedy. You see, the radio system will pick up any friendly gun within 600 feet. That means that when the other officers pointed their weapons at Officer Edwards their guns would have only told them that a friendly gun was in the general area. Well, they already knew that. They knew that at least three friendly guns were in the area. After all, they were holding them.

Drunk is No Excuse for This

June 5, 2009
Here’s the tale of the tape: Anthony Abbate, 38, is six-foot, three-inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. The woman he pummeled, Karolina Obrycka, 26, is a foot shorter and weighs 125 pounds.

The All Seeing Eye

June 1, 2009

You are always on video. The only question that you have to ask yourself is whose video it will be?

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