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April 2011 Issue

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Cover Story

Chemical Suicides

By Dean Scoville

When called to suicide scenes, emergency personnel don't always know what they're up against. With some 90 percent of chemical suicides posting warnings on the windows of the cars and rooms in which they kill themselves, one would hope that officers and firefighters would think twice before opening doors and breaching windows.

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Features

<p><em><strong>Photo: Digital Concealment Systems.</strong></em></p>

A-TACS for Weapons  

The first companies to offer A-TACS for weapons are Remington, Bushmaster, and DPMS. They will soon have stocks out to retrofit your 870 so you can give it a new look and have it match your uniform and other A-TACS gear.

Chemical Agents  

View our roundup of nine chemical agents and customizable launchers created for either indoor or outdoor use with inert training rounds or impact projectiles. Chemical agents include liquid or powder barricade penetrators, OC-Vapor grenades, aerosol projectors and pepper projectiles.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Digital Concealment Systems.</strong></em></p>

Blending Into the Background  

"Tactical black" is what springs to mind when thinking about SWAT teams, but it's not the only apparel option for police tactical units. With the advent of the A-TACS pattern from Digital Concealment Systems, many more agencies may be making the switch.

Tactical Pants: 2011  

These nine suppliers offer tactical pants that provide comfort and utility for male and female officers.

<p>Cubic's Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) is one of the most sophisticated simulator systems available.</p>

Budget Simulators  

Technological advancements allow companies to continually refine the quality of use-of-force simulators, but vendors have also been paying attention to the budget problems of public safety agencies that buy them.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Mark W. Clark</strong></em></p>

Coping with the Cuts  

Law enforcement budgets nationwide have been hit hard by the economic downturn. Agencies have cut back on officer hours, turned more jobs over to non-sworn personnel, and some have even laid off badged personnel. But the first thing that almost every cash-strapped agency does to balance its books is cut back on training.


Columns

<p><span>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

Reading Body Language: Leaky People  

Experts say when we interact with others we are always "leaking" with our face or body what we are thinking or feeling. My wife, the Sarge, has a way of refusing to acknowledge what I am saying and demanding to know what I am actually "thinking," since I'm apparently a pretty bad "leaker."

Dear Mr. President  

Whether they carry the title of agent, officer, or marshal, your federal officers are being sent into the teeth of a war without weapons and with rules of engagement written by fools. Worse, one of your agencies tasked with the job of keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals has actually been supplying those criminals with weapons.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Spyderco Warrior Fixed-Blade Knife  

POLICE Magazine reviews the Spyderco Warrior Fixed-Blade Knife, Safariland Model 71 Accordion Magazine Pouch and Mag Instruments XL100 LED.

SIG Sauer 556 Patrol Rifle  

Don't let the name "Patrol" fool you; the SIG 556 Patrol is well suited for tactical team use as well. The new SIG 556 Patrol Rifle comes in two versions: the standard model and the SWAT model. The SWAT model is equipped with a quad rail for the attachment of accessories.


Departments

<p><em><strong>Photo: Amaury Murgado.</strong></em></p>

Major Special Events Planning  

Once the event starts, anything can happen. In other words, don't fight Murphy's Law but instead, embrace it as your credo; anything that can go wrong, will. The best time to handle a problem is before it ever starts, so incorporating contingency planning is critical to a successful event.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Vince Taroc.</strong></em></p>

5 Fundamentals of Making an Arrest  

Always remember we need to Immobilize, Control, Handcuff, and then Search. Once handcuffed, search the subject's immediate area where he or she can retrieve a weapon while handcuffed. This includes the waist area, the groin area, pants pockets, and the small of the back-all favorite spots that criminals like to hide their firearms and other weapons.

Impound Inventory  

When a suspect's vehicle is lawfully impounded (such as when the driver is arrested where the vehicle cannot be safely parked and locked, and there is no sober, licensed driver to take custody of it), it is usually permissible to conduct a standard inventory of the vehicle and its contents.

Shots Fired: Clackamas County, Oregon, 12/05/2005  

Seemingly as insensate to his own pain as that he inflicted on others, Donald Graham also possessed a reputation as a man who backed his words. And no promise meant more to him than the one he'd made his wife that he'd never go back to prison. He'd do what he had to do.

New York Officer Pulls Girl From Frozen Bay  

Officer DeMatteo suffered a severe asthma attack once his adrenaline rush subsided and the effects of the icy water and his exertion registered with his body. He was already at the hospital at that point and they were able to treat him and release him after 12 hours.

<p>Photo: Rockwell Collins.</p>

Beyond the Laptop: Rockwell Collins' iForce Communications System  

The iForce is more than an in-car computer. It's essentially a computer-based communication system. It helps officers communicate with each other, communicate with any applicable databases, and even communicate with their vehicles.

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