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May 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

Beating the High Cost of Training Ammo

By David Griffith

The high cost of ammo has police agencies scrambling for ways to cut their firearms training budgets while still maintaining standards. Some are walking a very dangerous line where their solution to the problem has been to cut back on firearms training opportunities both for in-service personnel and for recruits. Others are looking for ways to achieve the same training goals without sending ammo down range.

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Features

<p>Photo: Vince Taroc</p>

Improvised Law Enforcement Technology  

The recession has made most law enforcement agencies cut back on their purchases of technology. That means that all of law enforcement is having to learn what small agencies have known for some time. You can do a lot for less, if you put your mind to it.

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

Jail Riots: Prevention and Response  

In the case of jail riots, planning and prevention are worth a pound of cure. A proactive approach to disturbances and prevention keeps small incidents small and resolves them quickly.

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

Stretching Your Uniform Budget  

Larger departments end up with surplus uniforms occupying precious storage space. Over the years, I have made a point of getting to know and work with the people in larger departments who are responsible for supplying uniforms and equipment to their officers to make use of that excess.

<p>The author fires LWRC&#39;s M6A2 special purpose rifle. Photo: Alex Landeen</p>

Select Fire Carbines vs. Submachine Guns  

After the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Shootout in Los Angeles where the bad guys were equipped with armor that stopped pistol rounds, law enforcement agencies began adopting M16s, AR-15s, and M4s as "patrol rifles." But many tactical officers stuck by the pistol-caliber subgun.

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

Improving Officer Driving Skills  

Training is often a casualty of budget issues, and driver training usually doesn't rank as high on the priorities list as training in firearms and defensive tactics. But what activity do you engage in most while on duty? Unless you walk a beat, it's most likely driving.


Columns

Getting the Word Out  

Law enforcement agencies will soon have access to the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a voluntary emergency alerting system developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the FCC, and wireless carriers.

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Van Jones: A Window Into Extreme Leftist Thinking  

Generally, I don't pay a lot of attention to the mutterings of extreme partisans on either side of the political divide. But a recent Rolling Stone interview with former Obama administration Green Jobs advisor Van Jones gave such insight into the brain waves of extreme leftists that it got me thinking.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Trapped on an Escalator  

Your "locus of control" is your sense of controlling your own future, your own happiness, your own life. Too often people blame the commander, the sergeant, the department, a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a husband, a wife, or a partner, maybe even all eight of them for their unhappiness or unfilled dreams.


Reviews

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

Police Product Test: Streamlight SL-20L Flashlight  

Historically, the biggest hurdle with LED technology has been getting the "candela" or "candlepower" to compare to that of an incandescent. LEDs generally put out high "lumens," meaning they are really bright at close distances, but not as good at casting light in the distance. Streamlight figured out how to do both with this one.

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

Police Product Test: Shieldspike's Hammerspike Glass-Breaker  

Shieldspike has developed the Hammerspike specialty tool, designed specifically to eliminate the window glass in a building or vehicle. This close-quarters tool weighs only 1.5 pounds and is easily deployed with one hand.

<p>Photo: Alex Landeen</p>

LWRC International M6A2 Special Purpose Rifle  

Whether you are delivering precision shot placement or dumping one magazine after another as fast as possible into a target, the mid-length piston-powered LWRCI M6A2 SPR will do the job.


Departments

<p>Photo courtesy of Brent Hoosac.</p>

Florida Detective Uncovers $15 Million Robbery Ring  

Det. Brent Hoosac of the Jupiter (Fla.) Police Department was instrumental in uncovering a burglary ring that was involved in 75 high-end residential burglaries and stole approximately $15 million worth of property.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Developing a Warrior Mindset  

A mindset is developed when you employ a fixed mental attitude that predetermines your response to a given situation. For example, your attitudes toward something help develop your response or approach. Your mindset becomes your approach.

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

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol  

In last month's The Winning Edge article, I discussed how to anticipate and respond to ambushes when arriving on calls in an urban environment. In this related article, I will discuss how to handle ambushes while in your car.

<p>Photo: Morphix Technologies</p>

Morphix Chameleon Chemical Detection Kit  

Morphix Technologies developed its multi-threat chemical detector called the Chameleon for the military, and then repurposed it for public safety.

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

Shots Fired: Las Vegas, Nevada 02/18/2009  

Las Vegas Metro PD patrol personnel arrived on scene within a few minutes of Sarah's 911 call. They effected a containment of the suspect and the location. Several officers—some with long guns—took cover positions about the scene as a crisis negotiator initiated a one-on-one dialogue with John.

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

Suggestive Eyewitness ID  

Identifying the perpetrator and clearing innocent suspects are crucial goals of every criminal investigation, and both depend on the use of reliable evidence. The Supreme Court has applied a constitutional due process test to the admissibility of testimony about an eyewitness's pretrial ID.

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