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January 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

The California Wildfires

By Charles Gary

Last fall, the map of Southern California looked like that map of Nevada that goes up in flames at the start of old “Bonanza” TV reruns. On the front lines with county firefighters, law enforcement officials—particularly county sheriff’s department personnel—played a key role in protecting citizens threatened by the inferno.

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Features

The Paper Chase  

Innovative educational programs are making it more practical for cops to pursue degrees.

"To Live and Die in L.A."  

If you want a great and gritty thriller, check out this often overlooked gem.

How to...Crack Down on Gangs  

Gang activity continues to steadily rise throughout the United States, despite law enforcement’s attempts to deal with the epidemic. It’s like a cancer that begins in a vital organ and then spreads its deadly cells throughout the body, defying efforts to eradicate the disease. The most essential tool in fighting this battle, departments say, is communication.

Shock Treatment  

Because the high-powered Taser has been so swiftly fielded by so many agencies, there is no consensus on how officers who carry the weapon should be trained. Despite the fact that Taser International no longer emphasizes that all users should be stunned with the weapon, people at the company believe there are many reasons for departments to consider mandatory exposure.

NRA instructors tested students’ judgment in deciding when to fire and trained them to scan the area after firing to remain aware of their surroundings.

Range Days in Paradise  

A career in law enforcement on the warm and sunny island of Oahu may seem like a dream come true to most of the readers of POLICE. And after training with nearly 30 officers from the Honolulu Police Department, I can assure you that the reality is just as great as you imagine.


Columns

Mental Illness Can Kill...You  

Confrontations with emotionally disturbed subjects put officers’ lives at risk.


Reviews

Mech-Tech’s Carbine Conversion Units (CCU) are short, handy, and reliable, not to mention innovative.

Mech-Tech Carbine Conversion  

The firearms innovator develops a low-cost, high-quality way for agencies to field short patrol rifles.


Departments

Photo via Runs With Scissors (Flickr.com).

Use of Force on Prisoners  

Documentation and self-control are the keys to protecting yourself against charges of unreasonable force on persons in custody.

Draw The Line  

The art of establishing perimeters can mean the difference between success and failure.

Although it might look different than most tactical knives you’ve used, the Buck- Strider PUK is designed for excellent grip and has a tough, sharp blade.

Buck-Strider Police Utility Knife  

This unusual folding knife is built tough enough for daily duty and designed for close defense.

Online mapping tools allow incident managers to evaluate many factors they might otherwise miss.

E Team Crisis Management  

This secure communications and incident management tool is fully scaleable with a user-friendly Windows interface.

Be One of the Good Guys  

We got so used to being the enemy that we didn’t know what we’d lost until the Fall of 2001.

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