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November 2009 Issue

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Cover Story

How You Can Become a Better Cop Right Now

By Dean Scoville

Becoming a better cop may not ensure formal recognition such as a promotion, but it'll virtually guarantee it informally. It'll simultaneously help you to do your job faster and increase your prospects to work elsewhere.

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Features

Patrol officers today rely on ruggedized computers in their cars to provide vital information and withstand the rigors of constant hard use.

Buying Ruggedized Computers  

The most common question law enforcement officials ask me about computers is: "What kind of computer should I buy?" The best answer I have come up with so far is: "It depends."

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Law Enforcement Software 2009  

Read about this year's innovative computer software that makes your job easier.

Unintended Consequences  

For now, the question that some industry experts are raising about this new NIJ standard - at least off the record - is one of necessity: Was it really necessary to change the standard?

Teaching All Dogs New Tricks  

As the role of the police dog expands, training has taken on more importance, even as economic times threaten the funding for the dogs and their handlers.


Columns

A Vision of the Apocalypse  

I was driving into town to get ready for a late swing shift and found myself admiring the massive towering anvil-headed clouds bearing down.

Fighting the Wrong Battle  

More officers may choose to leave their vests in their lockers on hot days or just choose not to buy them.


Reviews

Guncrafter Industries Glock 21 .50 Caliber Conversion  

As I watch the large, brass casing fly through the air I hear the loud "PONG!" of the 300-grain .50 caliber bullet slamming into the target 75 yards away....That's right! I said .50 caliber.

5.11 Tactical Light for Life

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical Light for Life  

Scott Smith reviews 5.11 Tactical Light for Life, Tru-Spec 24-7 3-in-1 Jacket, Trijicon RMR Sight, and S.O. Tech Go Bag.


Departments

Spillman's Mobile 4.5 allows officers to populate forms with captured data.

Data Transfer  

Everyone knows filling out forms is not the most exciting part of police work, but it still needs to get done as accurately as possible. That's why Spillman Technologies enhanced its Mobile software solution to make the task as efficient and painless as possible for officers out on patrol.

Drunk Driving Prevention  

November brings us to the onset of the holiday season. And the holiday season essentially begins and ends with two big nights of drinking: the night before Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.

Pursuit Training on the Cheap  

Making sure police officers can drive well is not enough. They must also keep their mental skills just as sharp to follow policy under stress and exercise good judgment throughout the pursuit.

Shots Fired: Palm Desert, California 03•30•1996  

"But you're making it my problem," Hendrix told Ripley. "I can't just let you shoot these people. This is not the way to handle this."

Incident to arrest, police can search the areas of an arrestee's home within his or her immediate control.

In-Home Arrest Searches  

With reasonable suspicion that someone on the premises might endanger officers during the arrest or as they departed, officers could conduct a "protective sweep" of the entire premises, looking only into areas where a person could be concealed.

Working on the Loon Mountain (N.H.) Ski Patrol requires wearing an easy to spot uniform and spending plenty of time on the ski slopes.

Loon Mountain (N.H.) Ski Patrol  

The bread-and-butter calls on Paul Hayes' beat are ones you might expect: traffic control, investigating thefts, finding lost children, and handling unruly public intoxicants. Then there are the ones you might not expect: evacuating aerial chair lifts, transporting injured people via sled, and dealing with drug- or alcohol-fueled "Ski.U.I." incidents.

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