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December 2011 Issue

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Cover Story

Foot Pursuits: To Chase or Not to Chase?

By Ron Martinelli

Foot pursuits by their very nature are emotionally charged and dangerous events that occur frequently in police work. Law enforcement officers must balance their obligation to enforce laws and arrest perpetrators with their personal safety.

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Features

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

15 Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In An Online University  

A law enforcement officer who is considering the pursuit of a degree through an online university needs to know the answers to the following questions before enrolling.

<p>Photo: Tim Dees</p>

Surveillance Technology  

Cops still sit in cars watching houses and businesses, but they are just as likely to be using clandestine tactics to see inside buildings and over fences, scan faces in a crowd, and review security camera footage. The newest and most innovative surveillance tools work without the bad guys ever knowing they are being watched until it's too late.

<p>Photo: Newscom</p>

How Video Analysis Helped the Vancouver Riot Prosecutors  

The Vancouver Police Department and surrounding agencies anaylized hundreds of hours of video footage in the prosecution of hockey hooligans.

<p>The FAAC&nbsp;LE-1000 Driving Simulator. Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>
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IACP 2011 Highlights  

The 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference appeared to focus on officer protection. We've chosen to highlight several innovative innovative products from the show.


Columns

<p>Screenshot: Univision.</p>

Blue on Blue: The Speeding Miami Cop  

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper's decision to pull over a speeding Miami PD cruiser on Florida's Turnpike sparked blue-on-blue tensions that verged on childishness.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Your Just Deserts  

As a student of human performance I am always amazed at the way we pay lip service to the winning mindset. It seems we think that if we just say this or that to ourselves, or visualize ourselves doing this or that, we will become winners. Simple, right? Wrong.


Reviews

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical Stryke Taclite Pant  

Today 5.11 offers law enforcement officers looking for quality clothing many fine options. The new Stryke with Flex-Tac is the latest pair of pants to carry on this tradition.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: SORD Australia Smock Jacket  

At times you need more than just a weather-proof parka; you need one that will hold up to contact with trees and rocks as well as walls and vehicles. Special Operations Research and Development (SORD) offers just such a jacket.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: Leupold VX-R Scope  

Leupold builds optics to meet end users' needs. This is the case with the VX-R 1.25-4X20 SPR, a scope built for AR-style rifles.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Daniel Defense v5 Lightweight M4 Carbine  

The weight difference between the Daniel Defense v5 Lightweight and a standard M4 was immediately noticeable, nearly 10 ounces. That's a lot of weight if you have to work an operation for hours. The standard M4 has a short carbine railed forearm compared to the 12-inch mid length of the v5 Lightweight.


Departments

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Getting the Most Out of K-9 Units  

K-9 teams are considered force multipliers. One K-9 team can do the work of many officers, which frees up officers for other duties. A K-9 team is an effective tool if its use is understood by those that call on them to support their operations.

<p>Officer Ryan Williams and K-9 Grendel, Fond du Lac (Wis.) PD</p>

K-9 Officer Inspires Others with Speedy Recovery From .308 Rifle Wounds  

Fond du Lac (Wis.) Police Officer Ryan Williams has been named the NLEOMF's December 2011 Officer of the Month. Officer Williams fought for his life and recovery after he was shot by a suspect armed with a .308 rifle.

<p>Photo: T3 Motion</p>

Crowd Control: T3 Motion's NLRV Electric Vehicle  

T3 Motion's Non-Lethal Response Vehicle (NLRV) is an electric three-wheeled vehicle designed to provide the maneuverability of the standard T3 with added features for crowd control, including a shield, strobe lights, and onboard PepperBall launchers.

<p>Illustration: LaMar Norman</p>

Shots Fired: Edina, Minnesota 11/16/2000  

By ten o'clock that morning, Edina Police Officers Mike Blood and Shelby Lane were relying on parkas and hot coffee to stave off the cold when they heard a call go out for a bank robbery in progress. For Edina's finest, things were about to warm up considerably.

Four Famous Cases  

The decade of the 1960s gave us four of the most significant cases that apply to our daily work: Mapp, Brady, Miranda, and Terry. These four are among the most prominent criminal law cases you should know more about to understand how we got to where we are.

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