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November 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

The Money Crunch: Brother, Can You Spare a Few Mil?

By Melanie Basich

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.

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Features

Camelbak’s newest innovation is a 3-liter reservoir constructed of material that protects the user’s water supply from chemical and biological contaminants.

TREXPO East: Report from the Show Floor  

Tactical show offers look at new equipment for SWAT and patrol.

TREXPO East: Hard Lessons  

Anti-terror seminars spell out brutality of the enemy to conference attendees.

Trauma scene cleanup is not only a dirty job; it’s also a hazardous one.

Picking Up the Pieces  

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.

Sorting Out Communications Chaos  

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.

Increased anti-terror police presence during special events and homeland security alerts is reassuring to the public, but it drains resources at a time when many departments don’t have the money and manpower for even traditional police operations.

Slicing the Pie  

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.

Volunteers often help departments by taking on jobs such as collecting forensic evidence after officers clear a scene.

The Money Crunch: Staffing Shortage  

When times are tough, staffing takes the brunt of the cuts. That's true in business. That's true in law enforcement.

Officers with the Baltimore Inner Harbor Police Department received a donation of gloves from Gorgonz Performance Workwear.

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods  

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.

Sgt. David McDonald of the Raleigh Police Department competes in the rifle stage of the 5.11 Challenge as teammate Sgt. Robert Windsor of the Wake County Sheriff’s Department spots.

Showdown in Big Sky Country  

“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.

More and more agencies are employing surveying equipment such as total stations to record data for 3D crime scene imagery.

The Next Dimension  

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.

Five Minutes to Live  

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.


Columns

Two Sides of the Coin  

There's an old chestnut that says the Chinese word for "crisis" is the same as the Chinese word opportunity.


Reviews

Springfield Arms M1A SOCOM 16  

The M1A SOCOM can supply well-directed heavy fire from an easy-to-use, cop-friendly platform.


Departments

Train to Win Quickly  

Most police confrontations do not make for pleasant dinnertime viewing, regardless of what tactics are used and regardless of whether the force is justified.

Tool Logic SL1 Multi-Function Folder  

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.

CornerStone Applications’ RangeMaster Pro is a simple but powerful tool for keeping track of firearm training sessions and qualification shoots at any size of agency.

CornerStone Applications RangeMaster Pro  

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.

Borderless Concealed Carry  

What if local laws forbid you to carry a concealed weapon?

The Big Score  

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.

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