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June 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

Special Report: Backup Gun Policies--Gun Control

By David Griffith

It's not hard to make a strong case for backup guns. The basic contention of backup gun proponents is that old saw that goes: If you absolutely have to have one of something to ensure your survival, then you better have two.

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Features

Ammunition: Bang for the Buck  

One thing I, for one, never gave much thought to is the ammunition we are most likely issued by our respective departments. There are so many different brands, calibers, and performance characteristics to consider that it’s mind boggling.

How to Police the Homeless  

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies across the country are many times handcuffed by the complexities of dealing with a transient—and often mentally ill—population. Fortunately, new ideas—as well as a few reliable old ones—are available to help.


Columns

Open Season  

Cops are dying in California, and prosecutors are coddling their accused killers.


Reviews

Rock River Arms DEA Tactical Carbine  

There are tens of thousands of personally owned AR rifles sitting in patrol cars, purchased in good faith by officers tired of being undergunned, but unless that initial purchase is followed up with regular training, the situation might be best described as an accident waiting for a time to happen.


Departments

Camillus Becker Tactool/BK3  

And for a knife that can handle the worst-case scenarios on raids, search-and-rescue missions, you name it, I like the Camillus and Becker Knife and Tool Tactool/BK3.

Lafayette Instruments LX 9.5 Polygraph Software  

This versatile upgrade makes it easier for polygraph examiners to capture and analyze data and communicate and display their findings.

Courtroom Conduct  

After all you've gone through to make the collar and get the case prosecuted, the last thing you need is to cause a mistrial because of some miscue around the courthouse when your arrestee is on trial.

Nice Try, But Not Good Enough  

Transported signs, disappearing phones, and possessed appliances.

Present the least vulnerable target. If you are under fire, you find cover. The same principle applies here. If you are physically attacked, you move, you angle, you put something between you and the attack (in this case, most likely your arms).

Surviving Knife Attacks  

As a police officer you often find yourself in a position where knife attacks are most likely to occur: within arm’s reach of an unknown individual with unknown intent. It’s a worst-case scenario, but it can happen at any time. Click here to view these knife techniques in streaming video.

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