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Duty Dangers: The Deadly Cost of Technology

April 16, 2012

Technology has not been without its understated dangers, particularly for millennial-generation officers. These men and women who are currently entering the law enforcement workforce are finding that advancements in the tech arena come with a price, often saddling them with distractions to their situational awareness and officer safety.

Duty Dangers: Vehicle Pursuits

January 12, 2012

Officers who underestimate a suspect's resolve to evade capture or overestimate their own limitations or those of the patrol car only enhance the dangers of vehicle pursuits. It's not just the lead unit in a pursuit that is imperiled. Upon hearing of a pursuit in progress, other officers may attempt to catch up and join the chase.

Line-of-Duty Deaths: Managing Risk

August 12, 2011

The rash of police murders and assaults this year is small compared to the body count inflicted on cops during the late 1960s and early 1970s. That era's law enforcement blood bath led to the adoption of better police tactics, more comprehensive police training, and the adoption of ballistic armor as standard police equipment.

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

July 25, 2011

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

Officer Seat-Belt Safety

June 14, 2011

Cops are cursed by a tragic mix of impatience, skewed priorities, and self-preservation instincts that sometimes fail to rise to those of a drunken frat boy. As a result, traffic collisions have for decades been one of the top two causes of officer fatalities.

Station Attacks

May 16, 2011

Most assaults on cops are borne of desperate bids to evade justice. But what of those who go so far as to engage and assault cops on their home turf? What makes these time bombs tick? Revenge, for one.

Chemical Suicides

April 18, 2011

When called to suicide scenes, emergency personnel don't always know what they're up against. With some 90 percent of chemical suicides posting warnings on the windows of the cars and rooms in which they kill themselves, one would hope that officers and firefighters would think twice before opening doors and breaching windows.

Lone-Officer Patrols: Going Solo

March 28, 2011

Caught between diminishing tax revenues and citizen demand for greater police protection, law enforcement leveraged the challenge onto the backs of its patrol personnel. By splitting two-officer units into separate cars, police agencies were able to effectively double the area of patrol coverage.

One-Size-Fits-All Training

February 24, 2011

While it would be precipitous to say that the job is becoming more dangerous for women officers, it is not unreasonable to ask if more can be done to ensure their safety.

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

January 27, 2011

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

Concealed Suspects: Into the Hearts of Darkness

November 18, 2010

Attics, basements, closets, and crawlspaces all present great hazards to officers searching for concealed suspects.

The Hazards of Traffic Stops

October 19, 2010

Pulling over a motorist can result in a simple citation or a raging gun battle. You have to be prepared for either one.

Booby Traps

June 30, 2010

Often engineered with little more than rudimentary know-how, real world booby traps may lack the sophisticated engineering of those in the "Saw" films, yet prove every bit as lethal.

Police Ambush Murders

January 5, 2010

Ambush murders are perhaps the cruelest and most inexplicable of law enforcement deaths. Often, they are not a means to an end, but an end in and of itself, an event consciously orchestrated with no purpose other than the killing of an officer.

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