If your union or employee rights organization asked you to participate in a sick-out/blue flu to support an employee rights issue, would you do it, even if it put your job in jeopardy?
When Oregon laid off 139 of its state troopers and 300 employees total in one day, the already spread thin department was left with few officers to police the state, while the crime labs that process evidence for all Oregon law enforcement agencies were all but shut down. And the agency is not alone in suffering budget woes.
Tactical show offers look at new equipment for SWAT and patrol.
Anti-terror seminars spell out brutality of the enemy to conference attendees.
The cleanup of the carnage left behind by a bloody crime or suicide requires more than a mop and some soapy water. Survivors of the victims are not only emotionally ill equipped to literally pick up the pieces of their loved ones, they lack the proper tools.
If that wasn't bad enough, communications problems among officers from the 25 different agencies involved made it extremely difficult for responders to coordinate the five-hour operation that led to the shooter's surrender.
The first phase of the Iraq War alone cost $79 billion and more than $100 billion may be spent on the reconstruction of Iraq. Back at home, American cities received only a relative pittance to fund their new homeland security duties, despite being deemed the front lines of response to terrorist attacks.
When times are tough, staffing takes the brunt of the cuts. That's true in business. That's true in law enforcement.
Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.
“Shoot fast, don’t miss.” That’s the simple strategy for success that was voiced by one of the finalists in the 5.11 Challenge law enforcement shooting competition. But it’s easier said than done, especially when the officer aiming the gun is carrying the added pressure of performing in front of TV cameras, family, friends, and other onlookers.
Since the earliest days of trial by jury, detectives have been searching for new ways to help jurors visualize crime scenes. Using new computer and photographic technologies, investigators can create diagrams with complex 3-D surfaces and immersive 360-degree images.
Educating cops how to save themselves and others in dire medical emergencies when seconds count is the goal of a new interactive training program from the The Backup Training Corp.
There's an old chestnut that says the Chinese word for "crisis" is the same as the Chinese word opportunity.
The M1A SOCOM can supply well-directed heavy fire from an easy-to-use, cop-friendly platform.
Most police confrontations do not make for pleasant dinnertime viewing, regardless of what tactics are used and regardless of whether the force is justified.
The SL1 is a quality knife and a quality light. And the more I used it, the more I realized that it was an excellent way to provide a working cop with an emergency blade and an emergency light in one compact package.
You train. And you train a lot. But if you can't detail the relevant results of firearms training and qualifying shoots other than just scoring which officers passed or failed, then you're fueling the fires of allegations and litigation.
What if local laws forbid you to carry a concealed weapon?
That's when I showed them one of the jugs. It was labeled in Latin "aqua distillas." That's right: Vernon and James had scored big with several brown glass jugs of distilled water.