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February 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

Tales of the Occupation

By Dean Scoville

The Occupy protestors have been willing to forego "nine-to-five" picketing in favor of setting up camps on public land. And that has presented two major problems for law enforcement: crime within the camps and civil disobedience once the protesters are legally ordered to disperse.

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Features

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

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?  

Many experts say the smartphone will not become a truly viable law enforcement tool until a new high-speed data (LTE) system for public safety is in place. But even with the current commercial cellular data system smartphones are playing a major role in law enforcement operations.

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

Computer Forensics in the Digital Age  

Advances in technology have made it possible for any officer, with minimal training, to retrieve digital evidence at the crime scene and utilize it for investigative purposes.

<p>Photo: PIPS Technology</p>

Nowhere to Hide From License Plate Recognition  

It's now common for even a small agency to have at least one car equipped with ALPR to automatically alert when it gets a match. But both mobile and fixed camera systems are gaining traction with all types of law enforcement agencies.

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

SHOT Show 2012: Report from the Aisles  

Despite the industry's attempt to transform shooting sports and self-defense into some kind of video game for the Generation Z folks, there was still plenty of serious hardware for law enforcement at this year's show.


Columns

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Off-Duty Ready  

Do your kids know the difference between cover and concealment, and how to use both? I am not advocating scaring your family, but preparing your family—and when you do, it will prepare you. You can act more confidently knowing your loved ones are prepared as well.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment  

"Kill me if you can, suckers." That was the taunting sign-off of a letter written to the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette newspaper last month by convicted killer Danny Hembree Jr.


Reviews

<p>Photo: Danner</p>

Police Product Test: Danner DFA Boots  

For most of us winter means cold, wet, and/or snowy shifts. Mother Nature has a habit of making days as an officer or first responder miserable. Fortunately, Danner can help tame the weather with its DFA boots.

<p>Ithaca offers a traditional stock and an AR-style pistol grip as custom options for its M37 shotguns. Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Ithaca M37 Shotgun and M1911 Pistol  

Although it's best known today for its hunting weapons, Ithaca has produced firearms favored by the military and law enforcement for decades. The Ithaca Model 37 shotgun and M1911 handgun are two John Browning designs that have been carried in both World Wars and in numerous police operations.


Departments

<p>Photo: Dan Foley</p>

Michigan Officer Starts K-9 Unit, Serves 26 Years In Honor Guard  

In 26 years, Officer Dan Foley has served continuously in the honor guard and successfully lobbied to start its first K-9 unit, for which he was a handler for 14 years with two different dogs. He has been selected as the February 2012 Officer of the Month.

<p>Photo: ASP</p>

ASP Triad Flashlight: Recharge On the Go  

As its name implies, the ASP Triad USB uses a Micro USB port to make charging the lithium-ion-powered duty light a snap anywhere. If you have your cell phone charger with you—as most of us always do—you have a way to recharge your flashlight, even at home or while traveling.

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

Handling DUI Stops  

There is a tendency to shy away from DUIs unless you are part of a specialty unit that deals with them all the time. But I think we can reverse this trend through understanding and training.

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

Drawing Lines Around Miranda  

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 54th decision on a Miranda issue, in a case called Bobby v. Dixon. This is the third decision on the issue of the admissibility of a suspect's statements obtained after a belated warning and waiver.

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

Shots Fired: Skokie, Illinois 08/25/2008  

Officer Tim Gramins let loose with a barrage of rounds hoping that what he might lose in accuracy would be compensated for by its suppressive nature. The only thing separating Gramins and his assailant was a windshield that was fast disintegrating from ingoing and outgoing rounds.

<p>Photo: Mike Siegfried</p>

Defending Against Small Edged Weapons  

In many cases, the victims of stabbings never knew the knives were in play. Their first indication that something was wrong was when they saw blood. And that's often too late.

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