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February 2003 Issue

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Cover Story

America In the Crosshairs: Inside NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Bureau

By Shelley Feuer Domash

NYPD's counter-terrorism unit works out of a windowless brick building somewhere in one of the five boroughs of the Big Apple. To the average person passing by, the building looks no different than any of the other rundown buildings in the area. It's covered with graffiti, surrounded by nondescript private cars, and shadowed by a worn elevated commercial billboard.

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Features

Example of handheld computers in the field.  Panasonic PDA at traffic stop.

PDAs on Patrol  

Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.

Preparing for the Worst  

Less than two years ago, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) such as gas, viruses, and nukes were mostly the stuff of Tom Clancy novels, not the everyday concern of the nation’s law enforcement. But that was before 9/11.

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix  

Blood stains are really hard to get out. And today, with the advent of DNA matching, it’s even harder for criminals to mask their violent deeds, as just trace amounts of blood and other biological materials can put investigators hot on their trail.

How to...Start a K-9 Unit  

Initiating your agency’s first K-9 unit is a daunting task. If you’re willing to accept this challenge, then the first thing you need is the support of your department.


Columns

The Soft Underbelly  

Terrorists seeking access to the "Great Satan" can just walk across the border.


Reviews

This group at 25 yards (with Federal .38 Special wadcutters) measured a tidy 21/2 inches until the author pulled that lonely shot at the bottom.

Smith & Wesson 386PD Revolver  

Simply put, revolvers work. And that's something people treasure in these overcomplicated times.


Departments

The Elite Gum Squad  

Who knew police work included scraping gum and hiking up live volcanoes?

Columbia River's M16 Duty Knives  

The top of the line is the M16 series of knives developed by Kit Carson, a well known member of the Knifemakers' Guild.

Upon impact, your body should be in the PFL position so you can roll safely on your side.

Falling Down on the Job  

Using training including how to fall properly without injury, a French special ops unit successfully completed a dynamic hostage rescue.

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