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April 2010 Issue

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Cover Story

Suicide by Cop

By Dean Scoville

When a person jumps to his death, we don't persecute the sidewalk, but time and again, society will blame the cop.

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Features

Use-of-Force Simulators  

Now more than ever, "keeping it real" is a critical factor in training new recruits. This generation grew up with movies made entirely of lifelike computer-generated graphics, sometimes rendered in 3-D.

5.11 Tactical

Casual Tactical Wear  

Polo shirts and tac pants can take you to the range and beyond in style and comfort.

Running Up the Score  

The purpose of this article is to pass on a few observations and suggestions that might help law enforcement officers and their employing agencies improve firearms training, especially for those officers who find it difficult to qualify with their issued firearms.

Advanced Materials Laboratories

A Punch of Pepper  

Less-lethal weapons containing capsaicin can give you the edge you need to end a confrontation without loss of life.


Columns

Suicide by Cop: The Most Selfish Act  

People who choose to force cops to shoot them to death often wound and kill bystanders and even cops in the process.

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

Deadly Routine  

Routine doesn't just make us comfortable, it actually "detrains" us, robs us of our edge, and can even steal our lives.


Reviews

SureFire

Police Product Test: SureFire Mini Scout Flashlight  

Scott Smith reviews the SureFire Mini Scout Flashlight, Energizer Hard Case Tactical Light, and Wiley X Durtac Gloves.

Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol with Safety  

There can be no denying that Smith & Wesson's Military & Police (M&P) pistol has been wholeheartedly accepted by law enforcement agencies both here in the United States and overseas. So what could S&W do to make this popular pistol even more popular?


Departments

Shots Fired: Jacksonville, Florida 01/26/2008  

The two men continued a rapid fire exchange of rounds, the suspect standing atop the embankment and Reston struggling to move uphill toward him.

Less is More  

L.O.C.K.U.P., which stands for Law Officers Combat Kinetics Unarmed Panoply, is designed by cops for cops. The main objective is learning strategies to stop aggression and resistance before they escalate to a higher use of force.

Raging Bull  

Can the police version of the Taurus sustain Ford's domination of the patrol car market? What we can say now is that the NGPI is a fine-looking automobile with the sleek lines of a luxury sports sedan; it performs like a muscle car; and it was designed from the ground up for police duty.

An Internal Affairs Investigation  

No matter what steps are taken prior to patrol, you are liable to rub someone the wrong way and have a complaint lodged against you. Here's some advice on how to respond.

Miranda Wording  

One indication of the enduring misunderstanding of the Miranda jurisprudence is the fact that after 44 years, state and federal courts continue to litigate the adequacy of dozens of variations of the particular wording used by officers - and continue to get reversed by the Supreme Court.

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