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May 2010 Issue

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Cover Story

Acing the Tests

By Tim Dees

Experience is the best teacher for learning to spot contraband drugs and alcohol and drug intoxication in the field. But the cop needs a demonstrable standard for evidence. It's here that presumptive field testing for alcohol and drugs is most useful.

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Features

Kicking Things Up a Notch  

I believe there is a need for law enforcement officers, especially for tactical personnel, to kick things up a notch and use heavier caliber carbines as patrol rifles and entry guns.

Agencies are finding better ways to secure their firearms in vehicles.

Rolling Gun Shops  

The fact that you have better guns and more guns means that this type of crime is on the upswing. In recent months, police departments have even received e-mail warnings saying that gang members are increasingly "shopping" for guns inside law enforcement vehicles.

Lost Opportunities  

There was a time when gang officers were making real progress toward restraining the growth of gangs. Unfortunately, these officers were undercut by budgetary constraints, their own administrators, the whims of politicians, and ironically their own success.

<p>Photo via Flickr.</p>

How It All Began: Miranda v. Arizona  

The genesis of the Miranda warnings can be traced to March 13, 1963, when Ernesto Arturo Miranda was arrested by officers of the Phoenix Police Department for stealing $4 from a bank worker and for the kidnap and rape of another woman.

Savage Range

Ready, Aim, Fire  

From portable standing targets to track-mounted systems, you can tailor your shooting practice to your needs and budget.


Columns

A Weighty Issue  

Crime fighters have a unique problem. Our meals are part of our socialization, our warrior bread-breaking ritual.

A crazed, homeless man used a razor knife similar to this one when he confronted Portland Officer Jason Walters. Photo via Flickr.com (vrogy).

Rules of Engagement  

They wanted to know why Walters didn't shoot the knife out of Collins' hand? Shoot to maim? Why would Walters be in fear for his life since he was wearing body armor? And they wanted to know, could an X-acto knife really kill you?


Reviews

Buck Knives Nighthawk Bravo

Police Product Test: Buck Knives Nighthawk Bravo  

Scott Smith reviews the Buck Knives Nighthawk Bravo, Weaver Optics Tactical Model 800360 Scope, and Smith & Wesson Special Tactical Knife.

Glock Gen 4 Duty Pistols  

Not only have the ergonomics of the Gen 4 Glocks been vastly improved. So have some of the interior components.


Departments

Reinventing the Shotgun  

People who've witnessed Metal Storm's stacked munitions technology have a tendency to walk away with a look on their faces like they've just seen the future of tactical firearms. The concept is really that innovative and revolutionary.

Shots Fired: Fontana, California 07/04/2005  

The cyclist's attire suggested "gang banger" and their spot lamp illumination of him confirmed it. The rider - Camilo Morales - leaned forward and pistoned his legs faster.

Miranda Warning Issues  

Miranda warnings are triggered by a simple formula: Custody + Interrogation = The requirement for Miranda warnings. A motorist is not in "custody" for Miranda purposes when he or she is detained for an ordinary traffic stop.

Rewriting the Edwards Rule  

The Edwards rule applies to all officers and all cases - not just to the case on which the suspect invoked the right to counsel.

Functional Fitness  

If you want to go to the next level and optimize your physical fitness and make it job relevant, read on.

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