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June 2008 Issue

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Cover Story

The State of American Law Enforcement - Women Warriors

By Melanie Basich

Maintaining a balance between one's identity as a woman and as a police officer is never going to be easy. Knowing this, Sgt. Stefani Gombar of the Phoenix PD cherishes one piece of advice she received in the academy from a female officer: "Don't lose yourself."

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Features

Room Service  

Motels are often the first destination for parolees and sex offenders upon their release from incarceration. And that makes for an unfortunate dynamic.

Speed Guns  

Anybody who thinks he is going to beat a ticket in court may want to take a look at the latest tools in your arsenal. Here's a quick look at some of the more innovative radar and laser systems on the market.

What to Look for When Buying Night Vision  

Most officer-involved shootings occur in low light conditions. Consequently, law enforcement officers need every advantage to help them recognize threats and offenders in low-light and even no-light conditions.


Columns

A female officer from the Calgary Police Service. Courtesy of thivierr (Flickr.com).

In Praise of Women Warriors  

For decades female police officers received little respect from male cops. They were treated as "secretaries with badges." Today, only a knuckle-dragging caveman would believe that women don't have the courage and determination to be cops.

The Laws of Physics  

A second later my hood exploded and the cow's rear end smashed through my window.


Reviews

Kriss-TDI Super V Vector  

You've probably seen the Kriss Super V Vector SMG on the popular television show "Future Weapons" or perhaps read about it in Popular Science. This new submachine gun has generated a huge amount of interest because of its radically different operating system that reduces the effects of recoil and also controls muzzle climb.

Police Product Test: Danner Boots Striker II DXTVent  

This year Danner introduces the Striker II DXTVent boot. It's built to take the rigors of duty, but still keep your feet "cool" and comfortable on the hottest of days.


Departments

Space Saver: WatchGuard's Hybrid Digital Video System  

WatchGuard's DV-1 in-car video system is designed to take the hassle out of recording digital video. The system burns each event onto a rewritable DVD in the same DVD video format used for standard entertainment DVDs.

False Burglar Alarms  

The majority of burglar alarm activations are not by bad guys. False alarms account for 10 to 25 percent of all calls to the police. Each call usually requires the response of two officers for 20 minutes. In 2002, American police responded to 36 million alarm calls, costing $1.8 billion.

Knife Targets  

The mere physicality of an edged-weapon encounter is dramatically different than that of a firefight. You will be up close, probably face to face with the bad guy. You will smell his breath, feel his sweat, see his face, and hear the groan when your knife is twisted out of his body.

Shots Fired: Polk County, Florida 12•03•1989  

The patrol life of a trainee is never easy. But when you don't have the luxury of getting along with your training officer, it can be damned difficult.

Albuquerque PD's Strategic Outreach Teams  

Tony, a chronically homeless man, lived in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza—also known as Concrete Park—and was well known by police and aid workers alike. Not because he was a problem citizen; Tony's behavior rarely generated any complaints. Instead, the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department often received calls from citizens who were worried about the friendly man's welfare.

Fourth Amendment Supremacy  

Evidence discovered during a search incident to an arrest supported by PC is not suppressible in the majority of state courts.

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