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October 2008 Issue

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Cover Story

The State of American Law Enforcement - Rules of Engagement

By Dean Scoville

In smaller agencies, policy manuals—if they existed—were just a few policy statements. Now there are multiple bound volumes that no officer can be expected to memorize, let alone understand. — Tom Aveni, Police Policy Studies Council

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Features

TREXPO East 2008: Best of Show  

Here's a look at some of the more intriguing products that could be seen in the aisles of this year's TREXPO East trade show held in late August.

TREXPO East 2008: Keynote Speakers Share War Stories with TREXPO Crowds  

The police officers who attended this year's TREXPO East keynotes were awed by the patriotism and heroism of the men who spoke at the event. They gathered afterward to shake hands with and have their pictures taken with these great Americans.

TREXPO East 2008: TREXPO Courses Focus on Officer Survival  

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that all of the classroom and hands-on courses during the TREXPO conference are about just one thing. Whether the topic is active shooters, terrorism tactics, or edged-weapon defense, the goal is always the same: to help officers win on the street. The courses at this year's TREXPO East were no exception.

Mobile Data: What's new in in-car computing?  

The latest in-car computers and laptops for law enforcement.

Duty Gear: What's new in holsters?  

The newest holsters for on-the-job carry.

Asking the Right Questions  

Quickly gaining rapport and eliciting information from individuals is one of the most valuable tools in law enforcement. Obtaining admissions from suspects solves more cases than all the forensic evidence techniques combined.

Eyes on the Street  

In cases involving gang violence, get to the scene quickly, find the witnesses, and document who these witnesses are and what they say. Then if gang members do change their version of events, at least it can be explained why this person did what he or she did.


Columns

How Not to Rate a Storm  

Hurricane country cops need a scale that screams the following message to the public: Get out! Get out, now!

The Value of "War Stories"  

Whenever someone asks what they should do in this or that situation, I am usually comfortable telling them I am not real sure what they should do. But there's one thing I'm certain about: What they shouldn't do, since I've probably already done it!


Reviews

Rock River Arms LAR-458 Carbine  

Rock River's new LAR-458 is chambered for the powerful .458 SOCOM cartridge, which possesses twice as much energy as the 5.56mm cartridge.

Police Product Test: Under Armour Generation II Tactical Pants  

In the last few years UA has introduced product lines in such diverse areas as hunting, working out, and casual wear. Now Under Armour also has a line of tactical wear, which includes the Generation II Tactical Pants.


Departments

Aiding and Abetting a Success Story  

My pager went off one afternoon a few months later. It was Andy and he seemed to be upset. He had gone to see a Marine recruiter and was told that because of his past run-ins with the law, he wouldn't even make it past the interview stage.

Arab American Concerns  

Fortunately, research and progressive thinking have yielded some promising practices for bridging the gap to the Arab American community. Many of these ideas are rooted in pre-existing community policing concepts.

Quick Charge Artist  

The Light for Life UC3.400 is a full-size duty flashlight that charges in 90 seconds and can be charged once a day for 135 years.

TASER Defense  

To prevent a subject from getting near any of your weapons, create a defensive wedge with your two arms and push the subject away. You should then be able to deploy your TASER from the proper distance.

Shots Fired: Jersey Village, Texas 01-31-2006  

Officer Holly Mong had just gotten into the vehicle in her driveway and no sooner closed the driver's side door than it flew back open. She was being carjacked.

Entrapment  

"The first duties of the officers of the law are to prevent, not to punish crime. It is not their duty to incite to and create crime for the sole purpose of prosecuting and punishing it." — U.S. Supreme Court, Sorrells v. U.S.

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