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Boston Cops Quarantined After Chemical Suicide

April 10, 2012

Four Boston Police officers who responded to a chemical suicide were cleared, after entering the home of a woman who injested sodium azide, a substance similar to cyanide.

'Right to Resist': Ind. Deputies Must Serve Warrants In Uniform

April 2, 2012
Marion County (Ind.) Sheriff's deputies once allowed to serve criminal or civil warrants in plainclothes must now wear their uniforms after the passage of the Right to Resist law.

You Are Not a Psychologist

March 19, 2012

Hard-earned insight into the vagaries of the human mind can only take the average officer so far. As the psychological impairments of those he or she comes into contact with become more acute, it's less likely that an officer will be successful dealing with them.

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.

Brite-Strike: Traffic Safety Gloves

March 13, 2012

LED strips on Brite-Strike's Traffic Safety Gloves make officers visible to motorists even in complete darkness. Source: Brite-Strike

Product Demo: Brite-Strike's APALS

March 13, 2012

Brite-Strike's APALS is a self-adhesive LED light strip designed to improve officer safety during traffic enforcement at night. Source: Brite-Strike

The Checklist

March 12, 2012

I was recently reading how more and more professions are turning to checklists to improve safety. I have been advocating just this kind of practice for law enforcement for decades.

I Feel the Need...the Need for...an ER

February 23, 2012
A person has to know their limitations. No less than Dirty Harry has expressed his opinion on the matter, and I like to think most cops adhere to the philosophy.

Off-Duty Gang Confrontations

February 17, 2012
Do yourself a favor. Your planning for the many facets of an unthinkable off-duty situation must be serious and deliberate. Think about it, and be prepared for these confrontations.

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.

Making Technology Work for You

December 30, 2011

While we're a far cry from replacing man with machine, technological innovations have vastly improved the safety, speed, and accuracy with which today's patrol officers do their jobs.

Study: 40% of Officers Have Sleep Disorder

December 22, 2011
A survey of U.S. and Canadian police officers reveals that 40% of respondents suffer from a sleep disorder that may cause health issues, affect job performance, or create safety issues.

Let's Stay Alive in 2012

December 22, 2011
A 23% rise in firearms-related fatalities factors into that total, with many of these officers having been killed in ambushes. Over the course of the past few days when I first scribbled down an idea prompt for this blog, four more officers have died.

Foot Pursuits: To Chase or Not to Chase?

December 16, 2011

Foot pursuits by their very nature are emotionally charged and dangerous events that occur frequently in police work. Law enforcement officers must balance their obligation to enforce laws and arrest perpetrators with their personal safety.

Handling Threats: "I'm Going to Kill You!"

October 10, 2011

Most threats against police officers are verbal threats used to control, harass, and intimidate the officer. But situations involving threats at the next level—where violence is a grave possibility—are different.

Morphix Introduces Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit

September 29, 2011
Morphix Technologies has introduced the Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit that offers police, EMS and first responders a field-configurable, low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution when encountering a chemical suicide, according to the company.

Bad Tactics Can Get You Killed

September 15, 2011

Enforcing the law is inherently dangerous. Therefore, developing bad officer safety habits is like playing Russian roulette: You can only beat the odds for so long-then you take a bullet.

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

August 22, 2011
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recently acquired ballistic helmets for its patrol personnel. While there are still a lot of stupid practices within my alma mater, LASD has a deserved reputation for emphasizing officer safety and equipping its personnel accordingly.

Familiarize Yourself with Firearms

August 3, 2011
The more you know about firearms, the more likely you are to be proficient and capable in their use. Having this knowledge can have a significant impact on your ability to survive in the field.

The Threat of Technology

July 11, 2011

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

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