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April 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

Ready for Duty

By Paul Scarlata

Beginning in the mid-1980s, American police agencies switched en masse from the revolver to the semi-automatic pistol. Rationalizations for this change in weaponry were many and are still hotly debated.

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Features

Representatives from Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) explain the process for converting a “live” firearm into a training weapon using UTM’s conversion kit.

SHOT Show 2004  

Each year the law enforcement specific portion of the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show grows larger. This year's show was no exception.

How to Get Promoted  

People have their own opinions about what makes a good cop and what constitutes a successful law enforcement career. Most people agree that moving up the ranks is a good indicator of success. For those of you who are looking to add some stripes to your uniform, here’s some advice from people who have been there.

 A tactical team practices entry techniques at the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.

Head of the Class  

The Center's mission is to provide no-cost counterdrug training and education to law enforcement and drug demand reduction specialists across the 18 northeastern United States spanning Maine to Virginia and west to Wisconsin.

Using crime-mapping technology, police intelligence officers and crime analysts can spot trends such as a rash of car thefts and allocate police resources to end the problem.

Connecting the Dots  

Computers have revolutionized the art of crime mapping. Once just an exercise of sticking pins into a map glued to a bulletin board, crime mapping is now built on a foundation of “geographic information systems,” or GIS, a fancy term for creating, updating, and analyzing computerized maps.


Columns

Watching the Neighborhood  

The 9/11 atrocities changed America. But unless they were directly affected, I don't think it really changed individual Americans. In fact, I think it had the opposite effect. If you were liberal before the attack, it made you more liberal; conservative, more conservative; pacifist, more pacifist...


Reviews

CZ-USA 2075 RAMI Semi-Auto  

This is an off-duty or concealed carry pistol, not a uniform duty gun.


Departments

A “calming” hand signal communicates to a subject that you want him to calm down even if you don’t ask him verbally to do so.

Sign Language  

In my years instructing law enforcement officers in defensive tactics I've observed that cops tend to overlook the importance of total communication with the suspect.

Al Mar Nomad Knife  

For 25 years Al Mar has been a leader in tactical knives. The company's tradition of hard-use folding duty/tactical knives continues as Al Mar broadens its line of clip-it style knives.

InfinaDyne CD/DVD Inspector 2.1  

Nowadays it's easier to commit a crime with a computer than with a gun.

Massiah Vs. Miranda  

Miranda, Miranda, Miranda. Sometimes, we spend so much time on this one aspect of interrogation law that we tend to forget there are three other constitutional tests of admissibility of a suspect's statement.

Prisoners Sing for Their Freedom  

Singing prisoners, wedding gunfire, and a human piñata.

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