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High-Risk Hostage Encounters

May 24, 2013

Dr. Bill Lewinski of the Force Science Institute offers his thoughts on high-risk hostage encounters following the accidental shooting of a college student by a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police Department officer. Bill explains high-stress decision making, how tell when you can no longer engage a suspect with rapport, and the importance of time as a factor in an officer's ability to react to these complex situations. Read our profile of Lewinski here.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

May 22, 2013

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

We Need Smart Cops

May 16, 2013
I'd sleep better knowing that those tasked with the power of making life or death decisions were those most capable of doing so.

Video: Intoxicated Man Pulls Loaded Gun In Cruiser

May 7, 2013
A rookie Metro Transit police officer didn't fully search an intoxicated man who pulled a revolver out of his waistband while riding un-handcuffed in the rear of a patrol car.

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

April 19, 2013
There is something discomforting in hearing a convicted cop killer say, "He got careless, so I wasted him." But how often can a mere six words leave such an indelible imprint on our mind and help get us through our shifts?

14 Ways To Make Training Safer

April 16, 2013
One of the mottos of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) is "When safety is taken for granted, take injury for granted."

The Officer Survival Creed

March 20, 2013
"The will to survive, to survive the attack, must be uppermost in my mind. Therefore, preparation and not paranoia is the key to my survival. To survive I must be aware, be alert, be confident, be deceptive, be decisive, and be ready. I must expect the unexpected and do the unexpected."

Off-Duty Tactics for Street and Home

January 23, 2013

As law enforcement officers we find it hard to think of ourselves as "victims." We tend to think that robberies, burglaries, and home invasions happen to other people, not to us. After all, we're the cops. Unfortunately, crime can affect anyone, even us.

A New Era of Gear for Motor Cops

January 23, 2013
A group of motorcycle equipment companies are providing next-gen gear including Kevlar apparel, modular helmets, and Touring boots that better protects motor officers from the hazards of two-wheel enforcement.

Sureño Fight Club

November 26, 2012
While in custody, most Sureño gang members are educated in martial arts fighting tactics and are primarily trained in fighting with edged weapons. The culture of jails and prisons is a knife culture. Jail-improvised weapons start with "shanks" but can include spears, clubs, zip guns, and bombs.

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety

October 9, 2012
I would hope that the next officer who finds himself dealing with three street punks will be armed, and I mean truly "armed" with more than just a gun or a TASER. By that I mean that I hope he or she is armed with a special kind of survival mindset.

Cockpit Distractions In Your Patrol Car

September 6, 2012
Operating a police vehicle is serious business and at no time should it be made secondary. So wheeling down the road while screwing around with the MDT and chatting on the cell phone is dangerous.

Md. Cop Killed In Crash Wasn't Wearing Seat Belt

August 22, 2012
Investigators believe a Maryland police officer who was killed when his cruiser crashed during a pursuit wasn't wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Brite-Strike APALS Hunting Demo

August 1, 2012

Writer, wildlife photographer, hunter, and naturalist Ron Spomer tests Brite-Strike's APALS, an innovative feather weight, self-adhesive, multi-purpose light.

Police Deaths Fall 43% In First Half of 2012

July 9, 2012
The number of line-of-duty deaths fell precipitously during the first half of 2012, as law enforcement agencies focused on officer safety measures. Through June, 53 officers lost their lives on duty compared to the 94 who were killed through the same period of 2011, a 43.6% drop.

How To Stay Safe During a John Sting

July 2, 2012
The male and female officers who take on the undercover assignment as a prostitute often struggle with how far to carry the "walk and talk" to make a good case. The balance is no different in vice operations than when making a good drug arrest. The undercover (UC) officer must blend into the crowd, as well as lead the conversation in a safe and lawful way.

UC Davis Pepper Spray Report Must Include Officers' Names

June 26, 2012
A judge has ruled that the names of the UC Davis police officers involved in last November's pepper spraying incident must be released to the public.

FLIR Systems Pitches Driver's Thermal Vision System To Law Enforcement

June 20, 2012
FLIR Systems, Inc has developed a lightweight driver's thermal vision system (DTVS) driver's camera designed to enhance driver safety and awareness that the company will sell to law enforcement agencies.

Making Nighttime Traffic Stops

June 20, 2012

Traffic stops are second nature to most patrol officers but even the most routine activities become more complex when executed in diminished light. Let's review nighttime traffic stop safety procedures that you should know and then we'll look at some additional considerations that can help increase your safety during a nighttime traffic stop.

APALS

June 14, 2012
The new APALS (All Purpose Adhesive Light Strip) by Brite-Strike—bright, light, and holds tight.
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