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April 2009 Issue

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Cover Story

Staph: The Hidden Training Hazard

By Dean Scoville

Responsible for 18,650 deaths nationwide a year—150 percent as many deaths as caused by AIDS—the monster is microscopic, extremely aggressive, and damned difficult to kill. The monster is a microbe called Staphylococcus.

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Features

Duty Uniforms  

Find the right uniform for your shift. Read our product roundup that includes 5.11 Tactical, Elbeco, Fechheimer, Red the Uniform Tailor and The Force.

Duty Boots  

Find the right black boots for your shift. Read our product roundup that includes 5.11 Tactical, BlackHawk, Bates, Danner, Haix, Lowa, Magnum, Original S.W.A.T., OTB Footwear, Ridge Footwaer, Timberland Pro, and Thorogood.

Virtual Reality Training  

Today's simulators are high-tech computer systems with digital projectors that play complex interactive scenarios. They are designed not only to teach officers when and how to shoot guns and less-lethal weapons but also how to talk to suspects to avoid escalation and confrontation.

Photo courtesy of AgnosticPreachersKid (Wikimedia Commons).

Washington Turns on the Money Tap  

With tax revenues declining and budgets under water, many agencies are feeling the strain. But help is on the way.

Selecting a Concealed Carry System  

When carrying a concealed weapon, the entire carry system must be considered. You need to think about not only the firearm (which we won't cover here), but also the belt, the holster, and any required support equipment such as reloads, tactical light, knife, handcuffs, and OC.


Columns

Cleaning Out My Files  

It's no coincidence that the Mumbai terror teams used Google Earth to map out their plan.

What I've Learned Playing You Guys  

My work has led me to appreciate on a deeper level the tremendous challenges of law enforcement.

Embracing My Sinister Side  

I could shoot a pistol with either hand…while normal Southpaws and Righties had spent their lives neglecting their sad hand on the other side of the brain.


Reviews

SIG Sauer 556 SWAT Rifle  

Ever since it arrived months ago for testing, I've been putting the 556 SWAT SIG through its paces. The rifle has been everything I hoped for.

Police Product Test: BlackHawk Operations Jacket  

Although the folks at BlackHawk do not promote their Warrior Wear Operations Jacket for covert operations, after months of use, I have found it to be one of the finest quality overt/covert jackets I have ever owned.


Departments

Shots Fired: Falls Church, Virginia 01•21•1999  

The hair on the back of his neck stood on end as though the very air about him suddenly became ionized with some ill-defined threat. The officer couldn't suppress the sensation that something was terribly wrong.

Electric Enforcement  

What truly sets all of T3 Motion's vehicles apart is an innovative "power management system."

April Fools  

The fourth month of the year is generally pleasant. But as the month progresses, the dates mark the anniversaries of illicit and sinister events and the fools of April are no longer funny.

Real World Weapon Retention  

Often, the techniques we teach fail to address fully the reality of a violent, unpredictable attack aimed at taking away an officer's gun. Attacks are varied and unpredictable; our responses must be the same. The key is to balance structured techniques with options and variation.

Updating Weapons Frisks  

Although it's common to see the term "stop and frisk," it's possible that there might be justification for a stop, but not for a frisk.

Oregon (Ohio) Police Division  

When it comes to policing the especially permeable maritime borders running through the Great Lakes, security requires an "all hands on deck" approach.

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