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August 2006 Issue

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Cover Story

Tactical Preplanning

By Bryn Bailer

With an unlimited supply of public safety emergencies facing communities today, it’s never too late for police to plan ahead. It’s a simple but powerful precaution and one that more law enforcement agencies are taking to heart in the post-9/11 world.

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Features

Tactical and Practical Handcuffing  

Patrol handcuffing techniques vary by department policy and individual officer preference. The goal should always be simple and direct: Get the handcuffs on the suspect. However, being prepared with a handcuffing strategy and technique will improve your confidence on the streets.

Concealed Comfort  

The latest in concealable armor provides comfort and flexibility while still offering the protection you need from everyday dangers on the job.

Limiting SWAT Liability  

The good old days of being able to kick down doors, port windows, and throw flash bangs as officers run through a house are over. The modern theories of SWAT tactics now depend less on the old style dynamic entries on every warrant service. Instead, more teams are implementing the concepts of surround and call-out, limited penetration, wait and take down, sustained negotiations, and other similar tactics.

Airsoft: Toy or Training Tool?  

Can a gun that fires plastic BBs really serve as a viable training tool for law enforcement?

How to Evaluate a Training Program  

You have many opportunities for training outside of your agency. But how do you tell which classes are suitable for you and whether what you learn in those classes will work on the street?

Closing the Tantra Lake Rape Case  

Like most rape investigations, the Tantra Lake serial rape case began with the terror and tears of a young woman who was being attacked by a man. It ended after years of complex and difficult work by the detectives of the Boulder Police Department.


Columns

Good Riddance  

By the most conservative estimates, there are more than 12 million illegal aliens in this country. All but the most liberal Americans and those who own large industries that benefit from illegal alien labor at ridiculously low wages believe that this is a real problem.

Less-Lethal Tools for Off-Duty Carry  

Consider the following scenario: You are off duty in a neighborhood bar dealing with a belligerent drunk. You can’t leave. You’ve tried to calm the situation with words, and he’s still coming at you. You’ve called 911 and on-duty officers are on the way. But the guy attacks you.

Gerber Legendary Blades--Kinderer Rescue Knife  

It seems many manufacturers are determined to cover all of a user’s needs in one tool. However, if your overloaded pocket tool is roughly the size of a Snap-On mechanic’s box, the odds are it will be too cumbersome to carry all the time. What is needed is a knife and tool you can easily carry that still provides you with all the basics.

In Praise of Condition White  

Condition White is the internal focus we go into all the time. In Condition White, you are not focused on the outside world. You do NOT want to have this mindset on the street.


Reviews

Smith & Wesson M&P15 Rifle  

I drove from my home in Tucson to the SHOT Show in Las Vegas this year—it’s a scenic drive that takes a little more than seven hours. Entering the city, I passed a large police motorcade that was just beginning on the other side of the highway.


Departments

Shots Fired: Tulsa, Oklahoma 10/13/2002  

Officer Darren Bristow of the Tulsa (Okla.) Police Department came close to avoiding the entire episode. But isn’t that usually the case? It’s the cop who stays an hour longer than he’d planned…It’s the patrolman who swaps shifts to get a day off…It’s the trooper who decides to make just one more t-stop before calling it a day who ends up having a really bad shift.

Knock Notice After Hudson  

Never mind the headlines and the editorials proclaiming that the Supreme Court did away with the knock-and-announce requirement for execution of search warrants in the recent case of Hudson v. Michigan. The court did no such thing.

Cheyenne (Wyo.) Police Department  

Cheyenne is a city with a relatively low crime rate, averaging one or two homicides a year, and is home to residents who seem to appreciate the work officers do.

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