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July 2011 Issue

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Cover Story

Line-of-Duty Deaths: The War on Cops

By Dean Scoville

A cursory glance at the numbers seemingly underscores such concerns. Thirty-one officers were feloniously shot and killed from January through mid-May 2011—a 34 percent increase over the same period a year before.

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Features

<p>5.11 Tactical's Taclite collection features zonal lacing for a custom fit.</p>

Fancy Footwear  

Two people who generally wear the same shoe size might still prefer different styles of shoes because of how they fit specific parts of the foot. Now companies are finding better ways to make their mass-produced footwear feel like they were made for the individual. The secret is allowing customers to make their own adjustments to fit their feet.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Zuma Press.</strong></em></p>

Improving Communications After the Tucson Shootings  

The Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson may have drawn interest toward law enforcement in Arizona's second-largest city, but another incident that highlighted the need to improve public safety communications for agencies across the entire nation occurred much earlier: on 9/11.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Zuma Press.</strong></em></p>

Responding To the Tucson Shooting  

For policing professionals, the Tucson shooting offers another opportunity: to analyze the local public safety response to learn what worked, what could have been done better, and what takeaway lessons might help other agencies respond to a mass-casualty incident in their own city.


Columns

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

Can You Show Feelings and Stay Strong?  

I have always been touched by certain images, sounds, and words, and the older I get the more things trigger my emotional reflexes. At the same time I find I am less and less embarrassed by my tears. Now I know the tears are not from weakness but from respect, from the heart.

Parolees: The Revolving Door  

In California, prisoners are now being released left and right. Last January the California state legislature voted into law a measure that allows the state to release "non-violent offenders" from state prison with very limited parole supervision.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Streamlight TL-2 X Flashlight  

I have been using Streamlight flashlights since I went to my first SHOT Show many years ago. I have always found them to be durable, bright, and affordably priced. The TL-2 X is another great addition to the company's family of tactical lights.

SIG Sauer P290 Subcompact Pistol  

While at first the P290 appears to be a downsized version of the company's P250 Modular pistol, it is in fact a completely new and simpler design intended for one purpose alone: concealed carry. Accordingly SIG has reduced its dimensions to what might be considered the barest minimum for the 9mm Parabellum cartridge.


Departments

Dynamic Takedown Techniques  

When it comes to training, most of us don't get enough. So the training we do get must be practical, effective, and efficient. This article will provide you with two techniques you can use to keep yourself safe when dealing with suspects who become resistive or combative during a pat search.

N.J. Officers' Gun Battle with Fleeing Motorist  

Officers Rachel Morgan and Ryan Hayo of the Paramus (N.J.) Police Department have been named officers of the month for July by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The officers returned fired at a driver who began shooting at Morgan from his car lodged in a snow bank.

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

The Threat of Technology  

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

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

Exigent Entry  

Warrantless entries are limited to those authorized by consent, probation or parole search conditions, or "exigent circumstances" involving some sort of emergency requiring immediate action. One category of exigency that may justify warrantless entry is the need to prevent the imminent destruction of evidence.

<p><strong><em>Photo: L-3 Mobile-Vision.</em></strong></p>

L-3 Mobile-Vision's V-One In-Car Computer  

The engineers and designers at L-3 Mobile-Vision had a clear mission when they started to develop the company's next generation of mobile computers. They wanted to incorporate many of the best features of consumer computers-ergonomic design, fast processors, and abundant connectivity-into a high-end fully rugged mobile system.

<p><em><strong>Members of the Eureka (Calif.) PD involved in the Honda incident  included (top, left to right,) Det. Ron Harpham, sniper; Officer Rocky  Harpham, entry; Sgt. Rigo Sanchez, team leader;&nbsp; Det. Todd Wilcox, team  leader; Officer Rob Metaxas, senior sniper; and (bottom row, left to  right) Sgt. Michael Johnson, entry; and Sgt. Bill Nova, SWAT team  commander.</strong></em></p>

Shots Fired: Eureka, California 12/08/2006  

Within a day of Honda's holing up in the motel room, the Eureka Police Department received information of the man's whereabouts. The idea of dealing with a man desperately determined to avoid arrest and under the influence of meth was not something Eureka officers wanted to even think about it.

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