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November 2005 Issue

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Cover Story

Hell in High Water

By David Griffith

About 24 hours before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Capt. John Bryson of the New Orleans Police Department was in a McDonald’s in the city’s Ninth Ward buying a cup of coffee. Next to him in line was a woman and her four children; the youngest was a one-year-old baby.

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Features

How to Cope with Looters  

The looters hit the gun stores in New Orleans first, loading up with rifles and ammunition to better fend for the crimes to follow. Then they descended upon other stores. Before long, they moved from the business districts to nearby residences. And what Hurricane Katrina hadn’t ravaged or left destroyed, they did.

IACP 2005: Best of Show  

The last few years it has seemed that the exhibitors at the International Association of Chiefs of Police were escaping from a computer expo. There was so much eye-glazing tech-geek jargon going on at one recent IACP that we honestly had to check to see that we hadn’t somehow walked into a computer show by mistake.

Special Deliveries  

For generations law enforcement has been seeking the perfect round, the so-called “magic bullet.” The ideal police weapon is a munition that could be fired at a distance to temporarily incapacitate a suspect so that he or she could be taken into custody without injury to either the suspect or the arresting officer. It would work every time, and it would be a substitute for deadly force.

Taking a Toll  

The enormity of what law enforcement officers have been tasked with in the Gulf state areas devastated by this year’s one-two punch of hurricanes can be summed up in one word: overwhelming.

Married to Your Career  

Law enforcement is not necessarily known as a family-friendly profession; long hours and late shifts combined with frequent on-call status can make it difficult to sustain long-term relationships. But when a husband and wife are in it together, when they’ve both chosen a career in law enforcement, communication, understanding, and support are almost a given. These spouses get it.

Columns

Armored Cars  

Official reports say that at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday March 3, Officer Richard Kunz of the Schertz (Texas) Police Department pulled over a black Toyota Corolla on Interstate 35.


Reviews

Detonics USA CombatMaster  

If you started your law enforcement career carrying a Smith & Wesson M19 in a Sam Browne rig, chances are that you’re pretty darn close to retirement. Chances are too that you’ll also remember the splash it made when Detonics introduced the CombatMaster in 1977.


Departments

Shots Fired: Los Angeles County 01/14/1987  

It's one of the maxims of working patrol: No matter what day of the week, no matter what time of night, things can go to hell in a heartbeat. It didn't take long for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Claus to learn how true this saying can be.

Stainless-Steel Weapon Retention  

The call comes in at 22:45 on a sleepy night. There’s a domestic dispute at a home in a middle-class neighborhood. You acknowledge the call and drive toward the address.

SOG Knives Trident Folder  

Over the past few years of writing this column for Police I have had the chance to examine and use several knives and pocket tools from SOG Knives. All of these have been excellent tools for hard use. The SOG Trident Sea, Air, Land folder is no exception.

Residential Protective Sweeps  

There's always a risk that when a Supreme Court decision discusses two or more major points, those points may get blurred. One familiar example is Terry v. Ohio, which is often cited as the opinion that gave us the "stop and frisk" rule.

Nashville (Tenn.) Police Department  

Last year, in addition to routine patrol duties, officers and their mounts worked more than 600 assignments and events, including NFL Tennessee Titans football games, funerals for fallen police officers, and visits to retirement homes and other community events.

The Last Laugh  

February in New York City can bring plenty of snow if the conditions are right. This particular day in February the forecast was for snow accumulations of eight to 10 inches before midnight. My brother, Det. Henry McDevitt, worked in the Four-Eight precinct in the Bronx.

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