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December 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

Charity and Cheer

By Shelly Feuer Domash

In one afternoon a few cops helped 200 children see that the police aren’t the bad guys after all. They hoped the kids learned that there are kind and generous people in their world, and some of them are in blue uniforms.

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Features

Dodge Magnum police vehicle

IACP 2004: Best of Show  

Almost every chief at the show was looking for ways to stretch budgets without compromising public or officer safety and maintaining officer morale and pride.

How to Run a Reserve Program  

The number of reserve officers is increasing throughout the country as more law enforcement organizations utilize this cost-effective means to add manpower. As with any organization, a reserve unit is only as good as the people on its roster, and this all begins with recruitment.

Think About Your Holster  

I would urge all officers to take a closer look at their holsters and what they need from their holsters.

Stop Accidental Discharges  

Almost every veteran cop has either experienced an accidental discharge or been around when one happened to a fellow officer. Accidental discharges happen. But any time a firearm goes off accidentally it can lead to tragedy.


Reviews

SIG Arms Granite Series Rail 1911  

The folks at SIG have done it again. Not content to have one of the classic designs in police autopistols in their "P-series" double-action models, they have rocked the boat by introducing their own 1911 platform.


Departments

Rethinking Reaction Time  

When you survive an armed threat, you're certain not to remember much of what happened because of the intense stress and trauma of having your life on the line. And what you do remember may be distressingly puzzling.

SureFire Alpha Folding Knife  

Known for its innovations in tactical, weapons-mounted, and personal light technology, SureFire is now producing a line of high-quality, heavy-duty knives.

Kwan Software Engineering VeriPic Digital Photo Lab 4.0  

If you are shooting crime and accident scenes with digital cameras and haven't run into a legal challenge yet, it's probably only a matter of time until your local defense attorneys get more aggressive about questioning your evidentiary images.

Timing is Everything  

The court has now ruled that the timing and other circumstances of an interrogation may undermine the effectiveness of the warning; if the warning is not "effective," the statement is still not admissible, even if the suspect waived and confessed.

Bulletproof Potion Fails Test Trials...Tragedy Ensues  

Not-so-bulletproof potions, illiterate crooks, and family drug squabbles.

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