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March 2010 Issue

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Cover Story

Not Going for the Kill

By Melanie Basich

A SWAT team is called out to a barricade situation. A man holed up in his house claims to have a hostage, and negotiators are getting nowhere as the subject refuses to surrender. Now tactical teams can employ multiple less-lethal options to help end such a situation at different points throughout an incident without employing lethal force.

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Features

Bushmaster

SHOT Show 2010: Best of Show  

There was a lot more to see at this year's SHOT Show than backup weapons. Glock announced a major facelift of its duty pistols, Bushmaster launched a new combat rifle, and numerous companies pumped out cool police products. Here's a quick look at some of our favorites.

New Developments in Night Vision and Thermal Imaging  

The category of devices called "night vision" and "thermal imaging" are used in similar settings and often for similar purposes. Even so, they are distinctly different in both the way they operate and in their capabilities.

The Force Scientist  

Since 2004, POLICE-TREXPO keynote speaker Dr. Bill Lewinski and his team have dedicated themselves not only to researching human performance factors under stress and fear but also disseminating the research of other academics to rank-and-file officers.

Curbside Justice  

Encompassing everything from red curbs to alleyways, from metered parking spots to handicapped designated violators, parking enforcement is often seen as a nuisance. But it can also be a means of identifying red flags.


Columns

Crime Scene Photos: Show Some Common Decency  

Just like every woman on every porn site is somebody's daughter, every bloody corpse on those graphic death sites is somebody's loved one.

Cognitive Dissonance  

I focused on several likely hiding places: a container of Comet cleanser, filled with just cleanser; a PVC piece of pipe—only a bomb; a box of "SOS" pads....wait a minute!


Reviews

Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR-556 Carbine  

What sets the SR-556 apart from any other AR on the market is its piston drive upper. Its design is simple and effective and it works as advertised.

ESS Eyepro Crossbow Eye Protection

Police Product Test: ESS Eyepro Crossbow Eye Protection  

Scott Smith reviews ESS Eyepro Crossbow Eye Protection, 5.11 Tactical Covert Cargo Pant, Truglo Tritium Fiber Optic Sights, Rogue Warrior Avenger Watch, and Zero Tolerance 0700 Folding Knife.


Departments

Breaking and Entering  

Wall is the inventor of the WallBanger DoorKey, a device distributed by Safariland that uses the explosive element of a flash-bang grenade to breach even some of the toughest doors.

St. Louis PD Officers Duane Hollinshed (left) and Matthew Simpson received the Medal of Valor for their actions.

Shots Fired: St. Louis, Missouri 10/01/2007  

A 17-year-old member of the 41 Delmar Mob gang stopped, spinning and opening fire on the two officers with his 9mm pistol.

Student Bullying  

In order to put bullying in a light police are familiar with, you may want to view it through the prism of domestic violence.

5 Ways to Survive Edged Weapon Threats  

Immediately the suspect lunged to cover the 11 feet between himself and Officer Chambers, who didn't have a chance to draw his gun.

Justifying Temporary Detentions  

When a marked police car pulls into a high-crime area and people start running away for no apparent reason, this is reasonable suspicion to stop them.

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