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August 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

How to Select and Train SWAT Snipers

By Derrick Bartlett

The position of police sniper is one of the most unique and difficult in all of law enforcement. It carries with it high expectations and great responsibility. Yet, many agencies put little thought into setting a proper foundation for an effective sniper program.

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Features

Clean Up Your Act  

The one hard-and-fast rule I have on gun cleaning is: Don’t let the sun set on a dirty gun. And if you work the graveyard shift the rule reads: Don’t let the sun rise on a dirty gun. OK. That said, let’s talk about the process.

Gas Pains  

No piece of necessary equipment is more debilitating under the stress of violent aggression and physical exertion than a gas mask. If you’re on a SWAT team, it’s inevitable that you will have to deploy in a gas mask. Which means that SWAT trainers must train you to work, move, and fight in a respirator. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Rallying the Troops  

Morale. It is a very subjective word. In law enforcement we often hear that a department has poor morale or great morale, or maybe no morale. But what exactly does that mean?

Blood Clotters  

Medical personnel have known for years that approximately 80 percent of combat deaths occur within 30 minutes of wounding, often because of loss of blood


Columns

Time Should Be Money  

After much debate, the Fair Labor Standards Act has been changed to protect law enforcement officers who receive overtime compensation.


Reviews

FN Herstal Five-seveN Pistol  

Developed primarily as military ammunition in the last days of the Cold War, FN Herstal's SS190 5.7x28mm armor-piercing round was designed to defeat Soviet-made body armor in combat.


Departments

Take It Away  

Disarming a suspect carrying a gun who has the drop on you is a subject that is rarely addressed in academy or in-service DT programs. And that’s unacceptable. Every officer should be trained in a fundamental disarming skill set.

Buck Knives Model 290/291 Rush  

The Model 110 has defined Buck's folding knife line for years. And with good reason.

Guidance Software EnCase 4.19  

Since 1998 Pasadena, Calif.-based Guidance Software has been in the business of finding evidence where no man had gone before: the mass storage medium of computer systems.

Undercover Interrogation  

The admissibility rule of Miranda v. Arizona generally dictates that you give the standard warning and get a voluntary waiver before interrogating a suspect in custody. But not always.

This Never Happens in the Movies  

Errant money bags, food-covered roads, and a silicone thief.

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