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November 2008 Issue

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Features

What's the Latest in Police Flashlights  

There are lights for every job. There are lights to mount on your long gun, your handgun, lights that can mount on either, handheld lights that click on or twist on, and those that mount on a helmet--you name it.

Are Your Radios at the Ready?  

New regulations require that every public safety agency switch over to narrowband frequencies by 2013 or else. Now law enforcement agencies that don't bring their equipment and licenses up to date could find themselves in a world of hurt.

Urban Shield: The Best Training Anywhere  

For two years the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department has organized and hosted Urban Shield, the nation’s largest SWAT exercise. The 48-hour competition involves 25 tactical teams working 24 realistic scenarios. This year’s event was held Sept. 12–15, and POLICE editor David Griffith was on the scene.

The State of American Law Enforcement - Gangster Nation  

Ride around the streets of Salisbury, N.C., and you'll see graffiti that looks out of place. Gangs in this Southern city have splattered once-pristine walls with messages pledging allegiance to gangs in Los Angeles and New York City.

Don’t Get Burned  

Although arson laws and reporting requirements vary from state to state, here are some basic things to consider when investigating fire incidents, especially as a patrol officer.


Columns

California Law on Youth Informants Not Needed  

A few weeks ago, the Golden State passed what may be the only law of its kind in the nation. Approved as a so-called "urgency measure," the statute "prohibits the use of children age 12 and under as informants" in police investigations.

Brace for Impact  

Some homeowners upside down in their mortgages have just walked away, leaving their properties to the bank. An abandoned home is bad news. It draws criminals like dead critters draw vultures.

Missing the Mark  

If you are always on a range with yardage marked and you're standing in a perfect stance out in the open, stop it!


Reviews

FN Herstal FNP-45 Duty Pistol  

For a couple of years now, Belgium's FN Herstal has been working to secure a significant slice of the American market for law enforcement duty pistols. The Belgian company, which makes the legendary Browning Hi-Power pistol, launched its first polymer police handgun, the FNP-9 (9mm), back in 2006. The FNP is now available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP.

Police Product Test: ELITE Survival Systems Four Gun Pistol Case  

I am one of those folks who tends to carry a lot of stuff when I go to the range. Hence, I am always looking for ways to compactly take three or four pistols and their accompanying magazines with me without using a separate case for each one. Elite Survival Systems' Four Gun Pistol Case seems to fit that bill.


Departments

Violence Around Bars  

November brings what is arguably the biggest drinking night of the year. The night before Thanksgiving has achieved that dubious status in drinking establishments throughout the country. And it usually leads to violence around bars.

Information Manager  

Detectives can opt for one piece of software that meets all of their needs like IRP Solutions' Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC). CILC can facilitate the investigation of a crime from initial response to prosecution.

Beyond the Tueller Drill  

What the Tueller Drill really teaches is that drawing and shooting alone are not going to save your life in a close-range encounter. In fact, the entire concept of going for your gun as an initial reaction is probably not the best way of ensuring your survival.

Shots Fired: Corona, California 11-07-2002  

Barton's gun swung toward him, and its barrel spit fire. Flashes of amber split the night as Barton's Ruger blazed at Dunnigan a mere 10 feet away.

Keeping up with Case Law  

Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.

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