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Police Links: Taking Care of Your Own

July 31, 2012
After The Fourth of July's combination of overflowing patriotism and excitement from numerous morons setting off illegal fireworks, the rest of the month can be a bit of a let-down, but here are some things you might want to read that appeared online this month.

Officer Paralyzed in Shooting Now Working to Return to Patrol

July 25, 2012

Patrolman James Kuzak Jr. was shot and paralyzed from the waist down when he responded to a home invasion robbery. But he hasn't let his injuries keep him from working to regain the use of his legs and rejoin law enforcement.

Police Links: The Most Dangerous Job

June 28, 2012
It's nearing the end of another month, so it's time for another post covering a sprinkling of Internet morsels you might have missed, including a sleepwalking defense and jobs statistically more dangerous than yours.

N.J. Officers Save Mother, Son from Burning Van and Live Wires

June 21, 2012

An elderly woman and her son owe their lives to a detective and two officers from the Ewing (N.J.) Police Department who risked electrocution to extract the two from their crashed van.

Tuff-Writer's Precision Press Pen

June 12, 2012

You might tempted to call it a "clicky pen" because its ink tip is retractable, but unlike other such writing implements it's so smooth there is no telltale "click." It's also much more durable than the kind you'll find at most offices, yet more cost-effective than others intended to double as kubatons. It's Tuff-Writer’s Precision Press Pen.

Police Links: Breaking the Ice

May 31, 2012
There's so much happening out there related to law enforcement that it's difficult to keep on top of it all. Starting with this first monthly blog post, I'm going to provide a sampling of items of interest you might have missed online.

Florida Detective Uncovers $15 Million Robbery Ring

May 24, 2012

Det. Brent Hoosac of the Jupiter (Fla.) Police Department was instrumental in uncovering a burglary ring that was involved in 75 high-end residential burglaries and stole approximately $15 million worth of property.

Improving Officer Driving Skills

May 1, 2012

Training is often a casualty of budget issues, and driver training usually doesn't rank as high on the priorities list as training in firearms and defensive tactics. But what activity do you engage in most while on duty? Unless you walk a beat, it's most likely driving.

Ind. Officer Blocks Drunk Driver To Save Injured Partner

April 18, 2012

Officer Christin Rudell of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department stood in harm's way and fired her weapon on a drunk driving suspect to prevent the woman from running over her beat partner with a car again.

Alaska Trooper Saves Woman and Baby from Burning House

March 27, 2012

Alaska State Trooper Zachary Huckstep recognized the signs of a house fire and rescued the homeowner and her baby daughter from the flames and thick smoke on Nov. 12, 2009.

Brite-Strike's Traffic Safety Gloves

March 13, 2012

On the palm of each glove is a red stop sign pocket made of this material that holds two LED strips, and on the back of the hand are two green light strips that hold one LED strip each. The combination allows motorists to see the light up to at least one-quarter mile away, and the replaceable lithium batteries last for up to 35 hours.

Robots at the Ready

March 2, 2012

The Greensboro (N.C.) Police Department ended a stand-off with a naked man using two tactical robots, after neighbors called 911 to report he was standing on his porch with a firearm, calling to God.

Michigan Officer Starts K-9 Unit, Serves 26 Years In Honor Guard

February 22, 2012

In 26 years, Officer Dan Foley has served continuously in the honor guard and successfully lobbied to start its first K-9 unit, for which he was a handler for 14 years with two different dogs. He has been selected as the February 2012 Officer of the Month.

ASP Triad Flashlight: Recharge On the Go

February 22, 2012

As its name implies, the ASP Triad USB uses a Micro USB port to make charging the lithium-ion-powered duty light a snap anywhere. If you have your cell phone charger with you—as most of us always do—you have a way to recharge your flashlight, even at home or while traveling.

Nowhere to Hide From License Plate Recognition

February 13, 2012

It's now common for even a small agency to have at least one car equipped with ALPR to automatically alert when it gets a match. But both mobile and fixed camera systems are gaining traction with all types of law enforcement agencies.

Hard Headed

January 23, 2012

Schuberth's P100F helmet provides protection from fire, acid, and stabs to the neck, as well as small-caliber rounds.

Ohio Sheriff Makes Tough Decision To Kill Escaped Animals On Sight

January 3, 2012

Sheriff Matt Lutz of the Muskingum County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office has been recognized as the January Officer of the Month by NLEOMF for making the decision to shoot 56 wild animals let loose from a farm by a suicidal man.

K-9 Officer Inspires Others with Speedy Recovery From .308 Rifle Wounds

December 16, 2011

Fond du Lac (Wis.) Police Officer Ryan Williams has been named the NLEOMF's December 2011 Officer of the Month. Officer Williams fought for his life and recovery after he was shot by a suspect armed with a .308 rifle.

Crowd Control: T3 Motion's NLRV Electric Vehicle

December 6, 2011

T3 Motion's Non-Lethal Response Vehicle (NLRV) is an electric three-wheeled vehicle designed to provide the maneuverability of the standard T3 with added features for crowd control, including a shield, strobe lights, and onboard PepperBall launchers.

Bilingual DHS Agent Catches Man Wanted for Murder

November 14, 2011

Special Agent Patrick Simpson of the Department of Homeland Security was instrumental in helping members of a DHS task force apprehend a fugitive wanted for double homicide. The fact that he spoke Spanish allowed him to locate the suspect, apprehend him, and then elicit a confession.

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