FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Did you attend any events related to National Police Week this year?



January 2005 Issue

Police Magazine Recent Years  |  2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 |  Past Years Police Magazine

Cover Story

Fatal Errors

By Gerald W. Garner

Making an arrest, engaging in a traffic contact, and intervening on the scene of domestic mayhem are, statistically, among the most dangerous things you can do. Make an error in your handling of one of these and you should anticipate a really bad day.

Police Magazine

Features

Fatal Errors: Surviving Domestic Violence Calls  

Veteran cops have always known that responding to a domestic altercation or assault is a high-risk assignment. The reasons for the danger are plentiful.

Fatal Errors: Surviving Arrest and Control  

In the Southwestern U.S., a patrolman with about a year on the job was shot twice in the back of the head while transporting two robbery suspects in the back seat of his patrol car. The officer had failed to find a .380 caliber handgun concealed on one of the robbers. The officer died of the wounds he received in the 3:30 a.m. incident.

How to Select and Train FTOs  

Patrol training is the obligatory stepping stone to street work for many a new cop. It is weeks (or months in remedial cases) of short meals, long nights, and court in the morning. And this time spent with a veteran field training officer (FTO) can result in some of the most curious pairings of individuals since Pat Boone married himself to heavy metal. Still, this mentoring process is critical to the development of new officers.

Fashion Forward  

As a law enforcement officer, you most likely spend your days on duty wearing a uniform. Wearing the same outfit every day means you never have to worry about what you wear to work. But it also means that because you live in your uniform while on duty it better be comfortable and durable.

Outerwear for Any Weather  

If freezing isn’t your idea of a good way to start the new year, you might want to take a look at the new outerwear offerings for law enforcement. Whether you’re bracing your body against snow, rain, or wind, winter can give you quite a chill if you don’t properly prepare yourself for the weather.

Pounding the Pavement  

You might not be Cinderella or even Prince Charming, but you deserve a pair of boots that meets your finicky standards. Good looks are only part of the criteria that need to be met. Your boots should provide proper fit, comfort, and durability, in addition to any other personal preferences.

Fatal Errors: Surviving Traffic Duty  

It is easy to get careless while engaged in something you do a great deal. If you are a uniformed police officer and don’t work in a jail, chances are that traffic and vehicles are the bread and butter of your existence.

Cover Yourself  

You can do everything according to policy and still find yourself having to respond to a complaint or prepare a legal defense. It’s not fair; it’s not right; it just is. And when the legal snakes come after you, you’ll need proof that you are a highly trained and professional law enforcement officer.


Columns

For Want of a Nail: Tom Ridge  

It’s not his fault. But Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has always reminded me of a particularly ineffective basketball coach at my college. The coach was universally known as a nice guy, and he had this “innovative” way of signaling what play he wanted his team to run by holding up brightly colored cards on the sidelines. Heck, Ridge even looks a little like the guy. Which in my memory is not good. We went 4 and 26 that year.


Reviews

Heckler & Koch P2000 US Duty Pistol  

My grasp of the obvious is on display for all to see with the following statement. Good marksmanship is a characteristic that is very desirable for a law enforcement officer. There, I said it. And someone should write it down. Oops, never mind, I just did.


Departments

Emissive Energy Inova T3 Flashlight  

One of the areas of duty gear that has experienced a quantum leap in technology over the last few years is the flashlight, especially lightweight ultra powerful LED lights. Times have really changed from the days of the silver aluminum Eveready light.

i2 Inc Visual Notebook  

Back in November I suffered through the San Diego-to-Los Angeles commuter traffic to see many of the new software products and gadgets being shown at the 2004 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. One product that caught my eye was i2 Inc.’s new Visual Notebook, an electronic “storyboard” that investigators can use to visualize, analyze, and present the complexities of any incident.

The Waiting Game  

In some cases, it’s necessary to take a suspect into custody as soon as you conclude that probable cause exists. But in other cases, making the arrest too quickly might not be advisable. Making an arrest triggers certain constitutional tests and starts the clock running on steps that have to be taken within specified times. Control and safety permitting, it may be best to delay making an arrest until the last practical moment.

The Siren's Call  

Law enforcement works a profound sea-change in the blood of men and women who have worn the badge. It makes them more informed voters, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. It makes them better citizens.

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine