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October 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

K-9 Training Challenges

By Melanie Basich

A police K-9 isn't a simple weapon used to attack suspects. At least not anymore. Temperament, sensory ability, and certain natural drives are just some of the considerations. Not just any dog has what it takes to work in law enforcement.

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Features

<p>This royalty free photo features models and does not include anyone related to any cases or situations mentioned in the article.</p>

What Prosecutors Want You to Know  

There are some prosecutors who still believe we do not have to prepare our law enforcement witnesses for trial testimony. I respectfully and vehemently disagree. Jurors no longer automatically trust law enforcement officers. So presentation matters.

<p>Photo courtesy of 5.11 Tactical.</p>

Clothes That Make the Woman  

Ill-fitting uniforms designed to fit a man's body rather than a woman's do more than just create a disheveled appearance. They also hamper a female officer's ability to do her job.

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

Unusual Calls: Beyond the Norm  

There are those occasions when the fates bestow upon even an experienced officer something that he or she has not been previously exposed to and he or she has no idea of how to handle.


Columns

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

Knowing the Ending  

While in fiction Sherlock Holmes' magnificent intuitive leaps lead to remarkable arrests, we would make a huge number of mental errors if we tried the same tricks. Worse, we might make assumptions that would get us or someone else hurt.

<p>Photo: NYPD</p>

Caring for 9/11 Responders  

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced its recommendation on Sept. 9 that 50 forms of cancer coverage be included under the James Zadroga Act.

<p>CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/7755749@N05/5541007253/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Simon Collison</a></p>

A Flash of Metal: Edged Weapon Attacks  

A Houston Police officer who shot a wheelchair-bound man who had attacked him with a pen has been roasted by media outlets who fail to grasp the dangers of edged weapons.


Reviews

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

Lewis Machine & Tool LM8MRP Rifle  

Lewis Machine and Tool Co. (LMT) recently released what it believes is an improvement on the venerable AR-15 design, the LM8MRP. The LM8MRP is a direct gas impingement AR-15 with a 16-inch barrel that features the company's latest modular upper receiver or Monolithic Rail Platform (MRP).

<p>Photo courtesy of Bushnell.</p>

Police Product Test: Bushnell DMR 3.5-21x50, SMRS 1-6.5x24 Optics  

Bushnell's DMR 3.5-21x50 has the G2DMR reticle and its SMRS 1-6.5x24 has the BTR-1 reticle. The first one is a long-range monster and the second will likely handle everything else.


Departments

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

One Stance, Three Uses  

As street cops we can break down three major areas in which we use some type of stance: field interviewing, fighting (obtaining control), and shooting. Many police academies and law enforcement agencies have a variation for each of the three areas described. My question is why?

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

Readiness Bags  

A go bag is usually filled with loaded magazines, water, and snacks. It's a stop-gap to keep you functioning while away from your patrol car and main resources for a few hours.

<p>Photo courtesy of PlateSmart.</p>

PlateSmart's LPR Software  

PlateSmart is a software-only solution that costs substantially less than other LPR systems because it does not require dedicated hardware and special cameras.

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

Shots Fired: Bismarck, North Dakota 07/08/2012  

A domestic. Despite the shorthand, Officer Brad Jerome of the Bismarck (N.D.) Police Department knew such calls usually portended something decidedly undomestic, and the fact that this one was in a trailer park on the eastern part of town only raised the odds.

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

Publicity Can Be Costly  

As private citizens, reporters are not bound by the Fourth Amendment. You are. Private citizens generally can't be sued for violating someone's Fourth Amendment rights. You can. Read on.

<p>Photo courtesy of Brian Logan.</p>

N.J. Detective Splits Time as Cop and Football Coach  

Det. Brian Logan of the Newark (N.J.) PD works the night shift verifying tips in a Crime Stoppers van so he can spend his afternoons coaching his local high school football team.

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