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The Money Crunch: Staffing Shortage

November 1, 2004

When times are tough, staffing takes the brunt of the cuts. That's true in business. That's true in law enforcement.

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

November 1, 2004

Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.

Equipping Your K-9

September 1, 2004

Sometimes it's hard to know what's new in the world of K-9 gear. So to catch you up on the cool stuff that's out there, here's a look at some of the newest and most useful products available for your four-legged partner.

Bullet Barriers

July 1, 2004

Body armor is sometimes all that lies between you and a suspect's attack. It has saved officers' lives countless times. Not wearing it is not an option. As a law enforcement officer you're a walking target and, like it or not, a ballistic vest is the best protection you have against the bad guys' bullets.

Trial Run: Duty Boots

May 1, 2004

POLICE magazine asked three police officers from the Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department to wear five pairs of patrol boots for one shift each and tell us what they thought. Officers Dave Atwater, Denise Brenner, and Corey King gave their ratings to their test boots.

How to Get Promoted

April 1, 2004

People have their own opinions about what makes a good cop and what constitutes a successful law enforcement career. Most people agree that moving up the ranks is a good indicator of success. For those of you who are looking to add some stripes to your uniform, here’s some advice from people who have been there.

Prisoner Transport

November 1, 2003

Available in a wide range of sizes, prisoner transport vehicles can carry anywhere from one to more than 60 passengers.

Retiring Your K-9

September 1, 2003

Watching your best friend and partner retire can be very difficult; some say traumatic. He’s been by your side every day for years and you’ve put your lives on the line for each other. Now you have to give up that closeness on the job.

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit

August 1, 2003

They may seem like big, expensive hunks of metal on wheels, but many agencies have come to realize that mobile command vehicles offer many advantages for the cost.

How to...Purchase Patrol Cars

July 1, 2003

You know your agency needs patrol cars, and that some new ones show up every year or so, but you might not be aware of the intricacies of the process. Keeping that process running smoothly could mean the difference between patrolling by car and walking your beat.

Police Suicides: Losing Yourself

May 1, 2003

While many see the suicide as an admission of guilt, experts say it's more likely caused by an officer's fear of losing his or her badge, his or her identity as a cop.

Police Suicide: Cop Killer

May 1, 2003

Everything has just gone to hell since the internal affairs investigation. And nothing makes sense anymore. So John takes out his off-duty piece, an old wheel gun. He sits down on the bed, puts one in the cylinder, snaps it shut, and stares down at the blued metal machinery in his hand. The world around him is very quiet as he starts to raise the weapon to his head.

Police Suicide: Survivor Stories

May 1, 2003

Judith Gentry’s husband Tom killed himself six years ago in their bedroom. A trained ICU nurse, Gentry’s no stranger to the stress and trauma of emergencies, but when she heard a gunshot and found her husband dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, she called a girlfriend instead of dialing 911.

Police Suicide: Eating a Gun

May 1, 2003

Why do cops almost always choose guns as the way to take their lives? Cops are familiar with guns.

The Cost of Starting a K-9 Unit

February 1, 2003

According to the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), insufficient public funding is the number one reason canine programs fail.

How to...Start a K-9 Unit

February 1, 2003

Initiating your agency’s first K-9 unit is a daunting task. If you’re willing to accept this challenge, then the first thing you need is the support of your department.

How to...Acquire AEDs

January 1, 2003

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) now come in portable versions that can be carried in patrol cars and used to shock a person's heart into beating again. Although ambulances are equipped with these devices, you, as a first responder, will probably get to a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) before EMTs can respond. And certainly before the patient can get to a hospital with a crash cart.

What's in a Boot?

October 1, 2002

You probably know what you like, but you probably also see something new each time you browse your local uniform store, looking to replace your boots. Companies continue to come up with newer and better technologies every year.

Finding a Face in the Crowd

October 1, 2002

A security guard looks at the images on the screen in front of him: a video capture of a clean-shaven man with close-cropped hair next to a mugshot of a convicted American drug dealer with a beard and shaggy long hair. They look different, but the guard confirms they are definitely the same man. In minutes, the positively identified man is apprehended.

Wireless Communication

April 1, 2002

Every day there seems to be a new invention or upgrade in the area of wireless communications for law enforcement.

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