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January 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

Duty Dangers: Vehicle Pursuits

By Dean Scoville

Officers who underestimate a suspect's resolve to evade capture or overestimate their own limitations or those of the patrol car only enhance the dangers of vehicle pursuits. It's not just the lead unit in a pursuit that is imperiled. Upon hearing of a pursuit in progress, other officers may attempt to catch up and join the chase.

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Features

<p>Avon Protection&#39;s ST53 SCBA.</p>

WMD Products for Law Enforcement  

Today, there's less emphasis on equipping every law enforcement agency in America for responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) incidents. But that doesn't mean that some officers at some agencies are in need of the latest personal protective equipment.

<p>Photo: Nick Jacobellis</p>

Understanding AR Systems  

In recent years more and more manufacturers have developed new takes on AR-style rifles, resulting in four major operating systems for the common patrol rifles used by American law enforcement. Let's take a look at the four operating systems and their pros and cons

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

Occupy: Clearing the Camps  

In many cases the "Occupy" protestors illegally parlay their First Amendment rights of speech and peaceful assembly into literally taking over public areas for weeks and months, erecting tent cities.

<p>Night Force Optics</p>

The Future of CQB Optics  

Today, rifle optics that once were only seen on SWAT weapons are now commonplace on patrol rifles. A lot has changed in less than 10 years. Which begs the question, What innovations are likely to change law enforcement CQB optics between now and 2021?

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

Ways To End Vehicle Pursuits  

Stationary roadblocks are no longer in wide use, but several innovative products could help officers safely end vehicle pursuits.

<p>You can use a PVC pipe filled slightly with water to perform a shoulder press. Photo: Kevin Chimento</p>

Odd Object Training  

With odd object training, non-traditional forms of resistance such as sandbags, ropes, water, rocks, and tires allow you to trade in "weight room" strength for functional strength.


Columns

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

The Rest Stop  

I'd like to take a minute to ponder one of the issues that remains an unspoken truth about our natures and at the same time can dominate our attention with great urgency. That is the need for the human body to process waste.

Congress' Super Failure  

While certain members of Congress hope to furlough government workers as a remedy for the deficit, they continue to ignore the societal cost of ignoring dangerous criminals. The same failed logic has impacted state and local law enforcement as well.

Stop Making Victims  

Not resisting is fine when all Joe Thug wants is a wallet or purse. But if he wants to kill, it's time to resist. Hopefully the would-be victim has a gun or a knife but if not there's bricks, rocks, car keys, elbows, knees, feet, fists...


Reviews

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

Police Product Test: Energizer Bravo Hard Case Flashlight  

Few officers will argue that a good flashlight is, next to your duty weapon, probably the most essential piece of gear on duty or off. Energizer now has a line of "Hard Case" flashlights designed around the parameters of LE and Military use.

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

Police Product Test: Soundgear by LaPierre Digital Hearing Protection  

Soundgear electronic hearing protection is a fully automatic earplug that returns environmental sounds while eliminating loud noise spikes. It is automatic in the sense that there is no user control that adjusts the level of volume in the unit.

<p>Photo: Paul Scarlata</p>

Springfield Armory XD(m)-9 5.25 Pistol  

Springfield recently introduced yet another version of the XD(m) designed for action pistol competition shooting, and I believe it is equally adaptable to law enforcement purposes. The XD(m)-9 5.25 was designed with the input of champion shooter Rob Leatham and is intended to give competitor shooters everything they need to compete right out of the box.


Departments

<p>Photo: Michael Rayburn</p>

Straightforward Flashlight Technique  

Let me give you a flashlight technique that will work under stress, in any conditions, on any terrain, and inside any building. It's as simple as this: Turn the damn light on and point it at what you're trying to shoot.

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

Shots Fired: Chippewa Falls, Wis. 05/06/2000  

Dep. William Kelly encountered a 37-year-old on a domestic disturbance call who was hellbent on making his feelings known with a .22 rifle. Dep. Kelly yelled, "Drop it." No sooner had the words come out of Kelly's mouth than a bullet exited the rifle's barrel.

<p>Photo: Schuberth</p>

Hard Headed  

Schuberth's P100F helmet provides protection from fire, acid, and stabs to the neck, as well as small-caliber rounds.

<p>Don&#39;t forget to figure out fuel requirements for all vehicles when pertinent to an ops plan.</p>

Operations Plans  

The saying "It's not over 'til the fat lady sings" is incorrect. It's not over until the paperwork is done. That includes a report after the fact, as well as an operations plan beforehand.

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

The Independent Source Doctrine  

Although some searches and seizures may only be justifiable under a single approach, many can be justified several different ways. The U.S. Supreme Court has long held that when this is the case, any independent source of contested evidence will suffice, even when another does not.

Ohio Sheriff Makes Tough Decision To Kill Escaped Animals On Sight  

Sheriff Matt Lutz of the Muskingum County (Ohio) Sheriff's Office has been recognized as the January Officer of the Month by NLEOMF for making the decision to shoot 56 wild animals let loose from a farm by a suicidal man.

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