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June 2011 Issue

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Cover Story

Officer Seat-Belt Safety

By Dean Scoville

Cops are cursed by a tragic mix of impatience, skewed priorities, and self-preservation instincts that sometimes fail to rise to those of a drunken frat boy. As a result, traffic collisions have for decades been one of the top two causes of officer fatalities.

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Features

<p><em><strong>5.11 Tactical's Side Kick has a 2.125-inch blade, and retails for $49.99.</strong></em></p>

Fixed-Blade Knives for Duty  

Many of the fixed blades built for law enforcement are designed for heavy-duty applications: cutting seat belts and harnesses, hacking through underbrush, breaking windows, prying open doors (not recommended), or they can even be used to puncture liquid containers. These uses will generally destroy any pocket knife you might carry.

<p><em><strong>Photo illustration: LaMar Norman.</strong></em></p>

Inside An FBI Undercover Operation  

The two-year investigation initially targeted corrupt employees at the DMV who sold fraudulent driver's licenses and vehicle registrations to drug dealers, terrorists, organized crime figures, and other scumbags who used aliases to enter and leave the U.S. and otherwise facilitate their criminal activity.

<p><em><strong>Photo: iStockphoto.com.</strong></em></p>

Flashlight Technology  

To the casual observer, a discussion of "flashlight technology" seems like gilding the lily. You push a button, a light comes on; you push it again, the light goes off. Today, our flashlights use a wide variety of power sources and types of illumination, and generally cost a lot more than the $1.98 one would pay for a two-cell light at the hardware store.

Open If...I Don't Come Home  

There are steps you can take now to make life easier on your loved ones should you fall on duty. You need an "Open If" file.


Columns

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

Stay Refreshed  

When I took over firearms instruction in the academy the first thing I did was try to imbue everyone with the ideas that shooting was fun, anyone can do it, and if there is a problem it is only the technique, and not the person.

<p>Photo: Paul Clinton</p>

Police Week: Names on a Wall  

It's not the names on the walls that leave most visitors dabbing at their eyes. It's the stuff left behind by other visitors.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Original S.W.A.T. WinX2 Boots  

POLICE Magazine reviews Original S.W.A.T.'s WinX2 Boots, Benchmade's 930 Kulgera Knife, and Tactical Assault Gear's Phalanx T4 Fury Vest.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Sean Pollock</strong></em></p>

Sturm, Ruger & Co. SR1911 Pistol  

I found the SR1911 to be a fitting example of a 1911 pistol. It was well built of first-class materials, and it displayed excellent ergonomics; above average accuracy; and reliability.


Departments

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

Setting Interpersonal Boundaries  

Some days it seems there's always some schmuck hell-bent on ruining my day. There have been times when I was really good at not letting the person get to me, and then there were other times when I wasn't and just added to the drama. In reality it is my reaction to the situation that has either helped or made it worse.

Countering In-Car Attacks  

An assault could involve someone shooting into your patrol car or an assailant at the driver's window physically attacking you. Increased awareness and in-car self-defense training and tactical driving practice can help prepare you for this type of attack.

Police Diver Retrieves Evidence, Vehicles From Rivers and Bayous  

In addition to his patrol duties, Officer Mark Michaud heads up his agency's dive team, which finds and retrieves stolen vehicles and other evidence. He also trains and assists other agencies in water survival and rescues.

<p><em><strong>You can still see a bullet hole on the bottom right of this metal plate the suspect was positioned in front of. Photo: Steve Downie.</strong></em></p>

Shots Fired: Tulsa, Oklahoma 06/10/1996  

The incident started like a bad joke: "A black guy, a white guy, and an American Indian guy enter a restaurant..." But what happened when this diverse group walked into a Whataburger fast-food joint in Tulsa, Okla., shortly after 9 p.m. June 10, 1996, was not funny.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion  

Some actions you take have been classified by Supreme Court decisions as requiring that you articulate a "reasonable suspicion" in order to make them constitutionally reasonable, while others can be undertaken only if there is "probable cause" ("PC"). But what do these terms mean? And how do you match the right level of justification with the kind of conduct you're seeking to justify?

<p><strong><em>Photo: TASER International.</em></strong></p>

TASER X2: Double Shot  

TASER International's X2 is a two-shot ECD with dual laser aiming and visible warning arc.

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