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March 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier

By David Griffith

In recent years technology has come to the aid of tactical police units to help them gain better intel and counter their adversaries' tactical advantages.

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Features

<p>Thermal systems are excellent for locating people in wooded areas. Photo: FLIR Systems</p>

Night Vision and Thermal Imaging  

Quite a few procurement officers have absolutely no idea what the folks in the field really need when it comes to night vision. Nor do they understand the different uses of thermal imaging versus light amplification and when they should be deployed.

<p>Tactical communications systems include over-the-ear headsets with boom mics.</p>

Mission Critical Conversations  

The Columbine High School massacre underscored what can happen when tactical teams cannot communicate. Fast-forward 13 years, and such incompatibility still exists for many tactical teams, particularly those in mid-size to small departments.

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

You Are Not a Psychologist  

Hard-earned insight into the vagaries of the human mind can only take the average officer so far. As the psychological impairments of those he or she comes into contact with become more acute, it's less likely that an officer will be successful dealing with them.

<p>Robots provide SWAT teams, bomb squads, HazMat units,&nbsp;and other emergency response personnel with situational awareness in dangerous scenarios.</p>

Robots at the Ready  

The Greensboro (N.C.) Police Department ended a stand-off with a naked man using two tactical robots, after neighbors called 911 to report he was standing on his porch with a firearm, calling to God.

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

SHOT Show 2012: Best of Show  

Last month, we gave you a look at some of the items from SHOT that immediately caught our attention. This month, we're going to open up the briefcase, and the boxes, load the CDs and the jump drives, and give you our Best of Show report.


Columns

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

The Checklist  

I was recently reading how more and more professions are turning to checklists to improve safety. I have been advocating just this kind of practice for law enforcement for decades.

<p>Source: Wikimedia</p>

FOCUS Act: A Law of Unintended Consequences  

Recent news that Congress is considering a bill that could strip federal fish and game officers of their firearms struck a nerve with me. It's another example of civilians not realizing the dangers faced by these dedicated officers.


Reviews

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical's Taclite Jean-Cut Pant  

Being able to wear a true "gun belt" when out of uniform is important to keep your sidearm from moving and flopping around. When your holster moves and tilts you print through your cover garment, showing you are "armed." You will not have this issue with the Taclite Jean-Cut Pant.

Police Product Test: M-Pro 7 Advanced Small Arms Cleaning Kit  

Parent company Bushnell took the BoreSnake and combined it with M-Pro7's cleaning products, creating a complete cleaning kit for personal, range, or agency use.

<p>Photo: Butch Simpson</p>

Sturm, Ruger & Co. LC9 Sub-Compact Pistol  

While Ruger's LCP proved popular with both civilians and law enforcement officers, there were those who felt that its .380 cartridge was a lower end choice for defensive purposes. To answer this criticism, Ruger developed the Light Compact 9 (LC9).


Departments

<p>Photo courtesy of Zachary Huckstep.</p>

Alaska Trooper Saves Woman and Baby from Burning House  

Alaska State Trooper Zachary Huckstep recognized the signs of a house fire and rescued the homeowner and her baby daughter from the flames and thick smoke on Nov. 12, 2009.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Teamwork Minus the B.S.  

We live in an age of political correctness where saying the right things seems to have more value than doing the right things. People use catch phrases to draw attention to themselves and make them seem wise and caring.

<p>Photo: Jimmy Lee</p>

Choke Escapes  

MMA practitioners commonly use choking techniques to defeat their opponents. The consequences of your being "choked out" or rendered unconscious are severe for officers. Learn how to defeat the rear naked choke and guillotine choke.

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

Shots Fired: Volusia County, Florida 11/26/2011  

It was the prospect for violence that found Volusia County, Fla., Dep. John Braman pulling up short of a single-story house in Deltona on the morning of Nov. 26, 2011. He'd driven there in the hopes of finding Corey Reynolds.

<p>Photo: Brite-Strike</p>

Brite-Strike's Traffic Safety Gloves  

On the palm of each glove is a red stop sign pocket made of this material that holds two LED strips, and on the back of the hand are two green light strips that hold one LED strip each. The combination allows motorists to see the light up to at least one-quarter mile away, and the replaceable lithium batteries last for up to 35 hours.

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

New Restrictions on GPS Tracking  

Police use of technology to catch criminals makes the U.S. Supreme Court nervous, as was evident in the recent Jones decision. In the absence of a recognized basis for a warrantless search, Jones does mean that a warrant must be obtained for installation andmonitoring of a GPS tracker on a suspect's vehicle.

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