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May 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit

By Mark Kariya

Today, more and more departments all over the world are adding bicycles to their arsenal of tools. Like any new tool or method, of course, barriers must be torn down. In the case of bicycles, the old attitude is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting a bike patrol unit.

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TREXPO West: Class Act  

Anyone who wanted a reminder of the deadly serious reason why TREXPO exists needed to look no further than the hallway outside the conference's seminar area.

TREXPO West: Report from the Show Floor  

Twice each year, the Tactical Response Expo (TREXPO), in its East and West Coast versions, offers a showcase for the latest in equipment and services for tactical police operations.

Three officers test patrol boots from five manufacturers and share their opinions.

Trial Run: Duty Boots  

POLICE magazine asked three police officers from the Redondo Beach (Calif.) Police Department to wear five pairs of patrol boots for one shift each and tell us what they thought. Officers Dave Atwater, Denise Brenner, and Corey King gave their ratings to their test boots.

Strategic Modeling  

L.A. County's Terrorism Early Warning group was the brainchild of two L.A. Sheriff's Department officers who saw a threat in the rhetoric of a then little-known Islamist radical named Bin Laden. It was August 1996 and Osama had just issued his first fatwa, urging his followers to conduct global terrorist attacks against the United States and its citizens.

Federal Aid  

Improved cooperation between Marshals and local cops is the goal of a new federal initiative that was established after 9/11.


We Have Work to Do  

If you want the federal “cop carry” bill to be law, then make your voices heard.


All Keyed Up  

The advent of portable police radios severed the umbilical cord that tied a cop to his or her car. Portable police radios have since assisted officers with timely broadcasts of suspect information, expedited requests for fire and rescue, and saved lives.

Lone Wolf Knives Val-Matic  

The knife that really caught my eye was the Butch Vallotton-designed Val-Matic. What sets it apart from other knives is its double-action opening.

IQ Biometrix FACES 4.0  

If you are looking for the best software for creating composite pictures of suspects, check out IQ Biometrix's FACES 4.0.

Hearsay and Confrontation  

Hearsay rules confound police, lawyers, and judges alike. "Hearsay" is a statement made outside the courtroom that might be true or false, repeated in court to prove that it was true.

A Very Bad Choice  

Perhaps these dummies had their eyes on one of the stolen cars we'd recovered parked in front of the precinct and figured they'd change the plates and drive off. Then again, these guys weren't deep thinkers and I'd probably be giving them too much credit for thinking that far ahead.

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