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How to Work with the Media

October 1, 2006

Before you have to work with the press, you should become thoroughly familiar with two things: the law as it applies to journalists, and your agency’s policies and procedures for interacting with members of the news media.

How to Investigate a Meth Lab

September 1, 2006

Navigating the dangers of cookers’ “kitchens.”

Firepaw Recognizing Pet Abuse Book

September 1, 2006
“Silent Victims” is a book for those who come in contact with animal victims and perpetrators of animal abuse. It provides an overview of the most critical scientific and anecdotal findings about the factors surrounding animal abuse. The user-friendly book’s goal is to provide strategies for identifying abusers of animals and alerting the proper people to such behavior, which is often a precursor to violence against people.

Informed Publishing NIMS Field Guide

September 1, 2006
Informed Publishing’s new NIMS: Incident Command System Field Guide gives access to critical key points of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) that can help you make decisions fast, and help make sure that NIMS compliance requirements are met. The 3x5-inch reference guide clearly and concisely outlines what you need to know about the NIMS. The guide has color-coded tabs and is tough, waterproof, and alcohol-fast.

How to Evaluate a Training Program

August 1, 2006

You have many opportunities for training outside of your agency. But how do you tell which classes are suitable for you and whether what you learn in those classes will work on the street?

Going Door to Door

July 1, 2006

In a major criminal investigation, getting off your ass and knocking on some doors is essential. In fact, it is a crucial element in the early stages of working an unsolved case. The area canvass-knocking on the doors of all the residences surrounding the crime scene-is one of the first tasks a lead detective should have on his lead sheet.

How to Cope with a Shooting

July 1, 2006

One of the most stressful episodes an officer can face during his or her career is making the decision to shoot and dealing with the aftermath. Officer-involved shootings spawn a variety of questions, and many of them may be unanswerable.

How to Crack Down on Street Racing

June 1, 2006

Street racing of automobiles has been an American tradition since the early 1950s and probably long before. It’s not hard to imagine the first owners of Model T Fords staring each other down as they ran their “Tin Lizzies” down the rutted roads of the early 20th century. But the hey-day of street racing was the “I Like Ike” era when kids in souped-up Chevys and Fords would race for car titles and teenage glory.

How to Become a Bomb Tech

May 1, 2006

Much is known about many of law enforcement’s special teams: dive team, air watch, SWAT. In contrast, the hazardous devices team of your department (if you have one) is one that has intentionally kept itself out of the limelight, for good reason.

Fighting with a Carbine

May 1, 2006

Old West sheriffs and marshals often carried a Colt .45 called the Peacemaker. But that .45 had the limitations of all handguns, so savvy Western lawmen also kept a short-barreled repeating rifle like a Winchester in their saddle bags. They knew that in a real gunfight, a carbine is the real “peace maker.”

How to Testify in Court

April 1, 2006

From the scene to the stand, prepare to give effective testimony in court.

Equipping the Tactical Medic

March 1, 2006

The tactical medic must be able to effectively carry equipment and be able to operate in a tactical situation without hindering the rest of the team. So he or she must decide what items and tools will be carried into the field and what equipment will be left in a vehicle or in a larger kit.

10 Essential Skills You Need to Win a Gunfight

March 1, 2006

The great Bill Jordan once said: "There is no second-place winner in a gunfight." Even if you take nothing else away from this article, I ask that you train to win any gunfight that you become involved in, not survive it, but win it.

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

March 1, 2006

How much is a cop’s safety worth? Despite safety concerns, due to shrinking budgets it’s becoming increasingly common for police departments to require officers to purchase their own body armor. Even when agencies pony up some money for ballistic vests, it’s usually not enough to buy the best of the best—which is what most officers want protecting them from bodily harm.

The Power of Association

February 1, 2006

The easiest and most common way associates are used in police investigations is to locate suspects. While this seems like routine information that everyone knows, only a few people put it into practice in each department.

How to Evaluate a Handgun

February 1, 2006

With the right tests you can determine whether a pistol makes the grade as your next duty or off-duty weapon.

Crime Scene Response for the Patrol Officer

January 1, 2006

The actions you take as a first responder can determine the value of crime scene evidence for investigators and prosecutors.

How to Train with Simulators

January 1, 2006

Anyone who has ever watched “Star Trek: The Next Generation”—that’s the one with Picard, not Kirk—has probably noticed a special room on the Enterprise called the “Holo-Deck.” The Holo-Deck uses holograms, transporters, replicators, and other unlikely science-fiction technologies to create an immersive virtual reality that can be used by the Enterprise crew for both recreation and ultra-realistic training.

How to Stay Safe on Prowler Calls

December 1, 2005

Making assumptions about the source of a prowler complaint can get you hurt…or worse. All you can assume safely is that every prowler call holds the potential for danger.

How to Cope with Looters

November 1, 2005

The looters hit the gun stores in New Orleans first, loading up with rifles and ammunition to better fend for the crimes to follow. Then they descended upon other stores. Before long, they moved from the business districts to nearby residences. And what Hurricane Katrina hadn’t ravaged or left destroyed, they did.

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