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N.C. Deputy Slaying Suspect is Ex-Officer, Iraq War Veteran

September 23, 2008
The man accused of fatally shooting a Caldwell County, N.C., sheriff's deputy is a former S.C. police officer with Army Ranger training who continues to elude authorities.

N.C. Deputies Ambushed, One Killed

September 23, 2008
Hundreds of officers searched into the night Saturday for an Iraq War veteran they believe ambushed two Caldwell County sheriff's deputies late Friday. One of the officers died. The other might have been saved by his bulletproof vest.

FN's SCAR Rifle Offers Heavy Punch, Light Recoil

May 1, 2008

Available in two versions—5.56mm and 7.62mm—the SCAR was developed to meet specific SOCOM requirements, but it would make an excellent SWAT rifle.

How Do I Go From MP To COP?

November 1, 2007

Those who choose to enter the military do so for a variety of different reasons. For some it's simply a wise career move that includes a free college education and some great benefits.  For others, however, it's more of a calling.

Criminal Gangs in the Military

October 25, 2007
I wondered to myself how these obvious tattoos could be missed by his Marine Corps superiors, especially the Sureño tattoo in large letters across his chest. The suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting and said, "I did it for the brotherhood and the brown side." He then exposed the Sureño tattoo.

U.S. Law Enforcement Cites Tangible Progress in Iraqi Training

June 11, 2007
Army Brig. Gen. David Phillips, deputy commander of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, reports that tangible gains have been achieved with regard to the police force's relationships with Iraqi ministries and justice, judicial capacity is on the rise, corruption is being pursued internally, and the training program is continuing to expand.

HBO's 'Band of Brothers' Hero to Appear at TREXPO West

March 15, 2007
Ed "Doc" Pepping; a medic with Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division—the unit whose story is told in the book and HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers"—will appear at TREXPO West in Long Beach next week.

The "Moto" and How to Get It

January 1, 2007

A recent e-mail from a reader asked me how a leader brings out the highest levels of motivation from police officers. It seems like a great topic to write about.

They Think You’re Stupid

December 1, 2006

One of the worst things about American society is that we tend to equate wealth with intelligence. Anybody with half a brain can tell you it’s not true. I mean look at Paris Hilton. Heck, look at any Hilton since Conrad, the man who built the family’s wealth.

The Wisdom of Warriors

October 1, 2006

Attendees to this year’s TREXPO East had the opportunity to attend presentations by two of the most passionate and inspirational speakers on the law enforcement lecture circuit: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Col. Danny McKnight, both retired U.S. Army Rangers.

Leadership and Laughter

December 1, 2005

"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on." — Bob Newhart

Gifts From Home

December 1, 2005

A Marine died in Anbar Province, Iraq, yesterday. It’s Nov. 8 when I write this. And a Marine died yesterday in Anbar Province. Far from his or her loved ones.

TREXPO East 2005: Words of Wisdom and Warning

October 1, 2005

This year's TREXPO East, held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in Chantilly, Va., was an unusual kind of law enforcement trade show. It actually had star power. It had Sgt. Major Billy Waugh of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

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.

Walking the Line

June 1, 2004

As a supervisor, get to know your people, support them and provide the guidance to ensure they are making the right decisions. When you are successful, anonymity is often your reward, while failure brings the press scandal that brings down careers and departments.

Seven Days in Baghdad

December 1, 2003

Smoke still rolled on the horizon and sporadic gunfire could still be heard around the city when I was ordered to report to the Palestine Meridian Hotel for reassignment. We were in the fabled city of Baghdad, and it was a chaotic mess.

A Message of Hope

December 1, 2003

In post-war Iraq, the only order will come from the work of good cops.

Breaking Out the Big Guns

August 1, 2003

I read today about a Canadian team in Afghanistan making a confirmed kill at 2,670 yards. That's a mile and a half, give or take 30 yards. I can't even see a bus at a mile and a half, let alone a man-size target.

Battlefield Medicine

March 1, 2003

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

Outgunned

March 1, 2003

There is a tendency among all law enforcement to believe that no matter the odds, their bravery and training can save the day. It’s an instinct that a good SWAT officer must overcome. Because believe it or not, there are times when even a SWAT team may be outgunned or otherwise need help.

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