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November 2007 Issue

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Cover Story

21 Ways to Stretch Your Training Dollars

By Steve Ashley

Every training officer needs more money. But they also know that one of the first things to be cut is the training budget. Every officer knows that he or she needs more training. But training is one of those things that sometimes takes a back seat to "real police work."

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Features

How to Spot a Concealed Firearm  

Unfortunately, Officer Erfle will not be the last law enforcement officer who will fall victim to a bad guy carrying a concealed firearm. The reason is simple; unless you have cause to search, you really can't tell who is packing and who isn't.

Just Like the Real Thing  

From foam furniture to electrically charged knives, companies provide innovative solutions for training needs.

Rugged and Ready  

Just know this: The ruggedized computer market is booming. Everyone from soldiers and Marines operating in the Sandbox to construction supervisors building your local strip mall are using these things. That means that a ton of companies are getting into this market and offering a variety of different models, and it will pay to shop around.

Cutting Out the Chase  

Now, emerging technologies may offer a solution once thought impossible: to stop a fleeing violator quickly, yet safely.


Columns

The Greatest Happiness  

Yeah, Mike is strong. But Carrie is even stronger. Mike told me the greatest thing in his life is his wife, who has given up so much for him.

Death Race  

There's probably no more frightening sound in the world than the voice of someone who is truly broken. They speak in halting patterns. Every word that they utter comes from a deep well of sorrow. As cops, you spend a lot of time with broken people, including husbands whose soul mates have died in tragic accidents.


Reviews

Bushmaster Gas Piston Rifle  

Sometimes operators and officers don't take care of their weapons like they should. That's why so many companies have been working on developing a cleaner M16/M4 design. And it's why Bushmaster recently developed the M4 variant that it calls the "Gas Piston Rifle."

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical Aggressor Jacket  

Overall, the 5.11 Tactical Aggressor is a great jacket. It fits well, has plenty of shoulder room, doesn't bind when you draw a handgun or shoulder a long gun, and it's long enough to conceal a handgun.


Departments

Next Generation  

When it comes to night vision gear, just about all roads lead through ITT. But a new technology from Xenonics Holdings offers a less-expensive, more durable alternative for some applications.

Panhandling  

Panhandling can be found in almost every community and takes on many different forms. The unsympathetic view holds that panhandlers are the beginnings of decay within a community and the foothold for disorder and crime.

Dynamic Weapon Retention  

As weapon retention—or the lack thereof—is a significant cause of fatalities for police officers, as well as those they are trying to apprehend, this article is intended to help you find a practical solution for weapon retention that will help save lives and reduce departmental liability.

Shots Fired: Cochise County, Arizona 09•11•1997  

Long before the events of 2001, Sept. 11 had significant meaning for Dep. Tony Parrish of the Cochise County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department. For on that date in 1997, he handled a call that changed his life and very nearly ended it.

Setting Up Talks  

One of the most troublesome legal issues in law enforcement is the question of when an officer may resume discussions with a suspect after some kind of Miranda "history" has occurred. The answer is, "It all depends."

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