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September 2007 Issue

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Cover Story

Inside the NYPD Bomb Squad

By Richard Esposito and Ted Gerstein

POLICE Magazine is proud to offer you this excerpt from "Bomb Squad," a book that answers the age-old question: Why would any right-thinking cop want to come face to face with a bomb?

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Features

How to Photograph Injuries  

I've taught forensic photography to police officers for more than 10 years, and I always start my presentations with the notion that good photographs start even before the camera is out of the bag. You have to have the proper mindset because images documenting injuries are some of the most important photos we take.

Retention Holster Showdown  

These days, weapon retention is a serious subject. And with good reason. About 20 percent of all officers feloniously killed with handguns are slain with their own weapons. This disturbing statistic is trending up despite the increasing availability of holsters designed to aid officers in weapon retention.

Car Bombings  

There is one weapon of mass destruction that we are certain the terrorists possess and have the know-how to use. They use it every day in Iraq. They've used it frequently in Afghanistan. This weapon is the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), commonly known as the "car bomb."


Columns

Propaganda and Protests  

You received an invitation last month. I was supposed to forward it on to you. But I took the liberty of deciding that it wasn't the kind of party that you would have enjoyed attending.

Dress for Success  

Tucson Police Department had a classy but oddly untactical uniform. We had blue wool pants, always in fashion in the Sonoran Desert, and a white shirt. Yep, white. We were really visible to the bad guys.


Reviews

Para-Ordnance Carry 9 LDA  

The Canadian firm of Para-Ordnance has been a trailblazer when it comes to improving the classic 1911 pistol. One of the company's most radical concepts is the Light Double Action (LDA) trigger mechanism, which can be found on its new Carry 9 LDA.

Kimber JPX OC Pistol  

One of the most unique pieces of law enforcement gear that I have seen in recent years is the Kimber JPX OC pistol. The JPX fires a blast of OC at 270 mph. This allows for precise placement of the irritant and very little if any blow back on the officer.

Departments

The Ultimate Patrol Bags  

There are many trials that a patrol officer must face throughout his or her career. Not the least of these is trying to find a way to organize all the junk…uh…important documents and gear that you need on the job.

Crimes at ATMs  

Banks like ATMs because they don't require renting a whole building or paying a teller to provide services to their customers. Citizens love ATMs for the convenience. Robbers also love Automated Teller Machines.

Shots Fired: Marion, Arkansas 01•30•2003  

When two men in a passing Bonneville paid scant attention to him—indeed, made a conspicuous effort to ignore him—Officer Freddy Williams of the Marion (Ark.) Police Department decided to direct his attention to them.

Off-the-Clock Robbery Response  

We are off duty more than we are on duty—that's pretty obvious. Yet very little training time, if any at all, is devoted to off-duty survival. Even less training time is devoted to off-duty firearms training.

Seizing and Searching Passengers  

In the 2007 decision in Brendlin v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court added yet another to a series of Fourth Amendment opinions on the subject of vehicle searches and seizures involving passengers, rather than drivers.

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