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First Female Radio Car Cops

September 28, 2012

Indianapolis Police Officers Elizabeth Robinson and Betty Blankenship are generally acknowledged as the first female officers assigned to patrol duties in a radio car. For more about this era of pioneering police women, read our related feature, "The First Female Patrol Officers." Photos: Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.

Inside the Black Panther Party (1 of 2)

September 6, 2012
The Black Panther Party was formed to protect and defend African-American neighborhoods from police brutality. By the late 1960s, it represented a major threat to the Oakland Police Department.

The History of Crowd Management

August 28, 2012
Riot lines of officers with little protective gear in the 1920s gave way to the use of chemical agents in the 1970s.

Black Panthers' Gun Supplier Was FBI Informant

August 23, 2012
A prominent 1960s Black Panther Party activist who supplied the group with its first firearms that were used in gun battles with Oakland police was working as an FBI informant.

Los Angeles Honors Fallen 'Onion Field' Officer

August 11, 2012
The city of Los Angeles has renamed the intersection in honor of the fallen "Onion Field" officer who was kidnapped at the location in 1963.

Gangster Squad

July 30, 2012

Los Angeles of the 1940s and '50s is the setting for "Gangster Squad," which tells the story of the Los Angeles Police Department's covert unit of eight officers that targeted gangsters such as  Mickey Cohen, Bugsy Siegel, Jack Dragna and others. The unit created a hostile climate for gangsters to prevent East Coast organized crime from taking root in the city. Warner Bros. plans to release a movie based on the book in January.

Kansas Officer's Final Hours Described

May 4, 2012
On Saturday, the city will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Officer Matthews, who is believed to be the first Topeka officer killed in the line of duty.

Historic NYPD Patrol Cars

April 2, 2012

The NYPD began using horse-drawn police wagons in the later part of the 19th Century to move police forces from place to place. Motorized wagons came into use later, and it wasn't until the 1920s and 30s that the department began regularly using motorized patrol cars. Plymouth two-door radio cars were the standard in the late 1930s and 1940s. By the 1970s, the Plymouth Fury was the mainstay. Black-and-white photos courtesy of the New York City Police Museum.

Ghosts of SWAT Past, Present, and Future

December 15, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, this would be a good time to reflect on SWAT's past, present and future (apologies to Charles Dickens). While we can't accurately predict the future, we can trace the evolution of tactical units from yesteryear, understand today's challenged, and perhaps glimpse tomorrow's trend.

K-9 History: Riverside (Calif.) PD

August 19, 2011

Riverside (Calif.) Police Officer Loren Mitchell became the first officer in his agency to work with a police dog when he was partnered up with "PAL" in 1958. Chief Sergio Diaz and the City Council honored the now-retired Officer Mitchell for this historical achievement at a City Hall ceremony. The photo gallery includes an apprehension the pair made during a 1950s traffic stop.

Survivalists and the Harrowing Norco Bank Robbery

June 14, 2011
The careful study of the Norco incident reveals many outstanding training lessons about non-traditional and unusual criminal groups, multiple advisory shootings, IEDs, ambushes, response tactics to critical incidents, and officer survival.

Vintage Patrol: 1968 Dodge Coronet

May 11, 2011

Ted Saraf's strong memories of his rolling office as a young officer with the Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department led him to Texas in 2008 to find and restore the object of his affection—a 1968 Dodge Coronet. Saraf purchased the vehicle via eBay, and set out to lovingly restore it to how he remembered it during its service days in the late 1960s and '70s. Saraf brought the vehicle to the 2011 Police Fleet Expo to show attendees his finished work.

He Who Ignores History...

April 20, 2011
The first two weeks of April bring us anniversaries of two of the most pivotal events in modern officer survival study. The Newhall firefight on April 6, 1970 and the FBI Miami shootout on April 11, 1986 have been nearly forgotten.

Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City

February 11, 2011

Sgt. John "Rick" Baker takes readers to the front lines of the urban war against violent crime fought by the men and women of the Compton (Calif.) Police Department in his memoir, "Vice: One Cop's Story of Patrolling America's Most Dangerous City." The men and women of the department, which was disbanded in 2000 for budgetary reasons, had a force of no more than 130 officers to deal with 10,000 criminals.

Role Models and Mentors

October 18, 2010
The informal training received from role models and mentors is often overlooked in the LEO training equation. At some point in most officers' careers, the roles are reversed and they become role models and mentors for the next generation of law enforcement.

SWAT Pioneers Led the Way

September 28, 2010
As anyone in SWAT knows, such reputations are the result of dedication, professionalism and sound leadership. Specifically, the early leadership of Ron McCarthy (LAPD SWAT senior sergeant) and John Kolman (LASD SWAT commander/lieutenant).

Tactical Officers Honor Two SWAT Pioneers

September 22, 2010
Attendees of the NTOA conference starting Sunday have the rare privilege to be in the presence of two living legends of SWAT. Ron McCarthy and John Kolman made SWAT the respected "profession within a profession" that it is today.

Know Your Enemy's History

July 28, 2010
One must understand our adversary's history and motivation in order to predict his future activities. Real intelligence opens the mind to why and how the adversary thinks, so we might be proactive rather than reactive to his attack.

L.A. Noir: LAPD's Dragnet Era

May 27, 2010

When he took over the LAPD in 1950, Chief William Parker oversaw the transformation of the agency from a tool of corrupt politicians to the more professional law enforcement outfit symbolized by the "Dragnet" television program. With "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," John Buntin tells this story. Listen to learn the origin of the phrase "thin blue line" coined by Parker.

Miranda Warning Issues

May 11, 2010

Miranda warnings are triggered by a simple formula: Custody + Interrogation = The requirement for Miranda warnings. A motorist is not in "custody" for Miranda purposes when he or she is detained for an ordinary traffic stop.

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