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December 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Crowd Control Unit

By David Griffith

The Scottsdale (Ariz.) PD's Rapid Response Team was established with three squads of officers, plus supervisors and logistics support. Now it totals 40 officers, all trained in the latest crowd control techniques developed by FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

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Features

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

21st Century Surveillance  

Revolutionary progress in the world of technology has enabled numerous changes in the techniques police officers use to identify, track, and make cases against suspects.

<p>Photo: Ed Santos</p>

Tactical Level Lighting  

Just five years ago, a 200-lumen flashlight was considered amazingly bright. Now, advances in technology have made it possible to increase the power of even small flashlights to emit beyond 500 lumens of light, which is more than enough to illuminate a room and cause temporary blindness in suspects.

<p>Damascus FlexForce Gear is a modular armor system that protects Scottsdale RRT officers from thrown projectiles. Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Rating Riot Gear  

POLICE Magazine asked some of the officers of the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department's Rapid Response Team to review and rate their riot apparel, footwear, and turtle gear.


Columns

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

Code Three Syndrome  

Code three is lights and siren, and man is it fun. You are lord of the road, racing here and there to accidents, crimes in progress, officer needs assistance, and whatever crisis needs a uniformed hero ASAP.

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035555243@N01/5151649031/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Thomas Hawk</a>/Flickr.</p>

LEOKA: Beyond the Numbers  

Loggers are not hurt and killed on duty because some dirtbag tree doesn’t want to go back to jail and opens fire instead of surrendering to the inevitable.

<p>Photo courtesy The National Guard (<a href=&quot;&quot;http:/www.flickr.com/photos/33252741@N08/8138383095/&quot;&quot;>flikr</a>)</p>

Agents Impacted by Hurricane Sandy  

As witnessed after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana and Gulf Coast region, law enforcement officers affected by a disaster are both victims and first responders, not one or the other.


Reviews

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

Police Product Test: Streamlight ProTac HL Flashlight  

The number of new product offerings from Streamlight has been impressive, especially among its ProTac line of compact handhelds. I've been using the company's newest, the ProTac HL, and after only a few weeks of testing, I'm sold.

<p>Photo courtesy of Nick Jacobellis.</p>

Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact 3" Pistol  

The XD Sub-Compact pistols scored well in my CQB drills. I had no problem using the 9mm XD Sub-Compact to consistently engage a steel plate the same size as the scoring area of a TQ19 Police Qualification Target at various distances, including at longer ranges.


Departments

<p>Photo: Tom Wetzel</p>

Last-Ditch Impact Weapon Training  

What happens if a suspect has closed in on you to a point where you do not have time to clear a handgun jam, replace an ECD cartridge, or re-holster a canister of OC spray? Training to use your force option tools as impact weapons may help prepare you for such an encounter and could help stop or slow an assault against you.

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

ABCs of In-Progress Calls  

In-progress calls evolve within a framework of controlled chaos. You can help improve your management of the situation by remembering the ABCs of in-progress calls: Assess the situation, Basics rule the day, and Contain it or lose it.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

Shots Fired: Billings, Montana 05/24/2012  

The officer behind the wheel of the cruiser, Sgt. Shawn Finnegan, thought he'd recognized one of the BMW's occupants as a criminal whose frequent flier miles with local law enforcement had netted him an active $50,000 warrant.

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

Blauer's Clash and Blitz Boots  

Blauer's first foray into footwear brings something new to law enforcement: the BOA technology snowboarders have been using to securely tighten their boots for decades.

<p>Photo courtesy of Kristin Shiner.</p>

Off-Duty Florida Deputy Stops Gunman From Killing More  

On July 25, Sgt. Kristin Shiner was relaxing at home. However, when she heard shots fired near her house, she quickly switched modes and successfully kept an armed neighbor who'd killed a door-to-door salesman from continuing to shoot.

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

Entry to Secure  

As previous "Point of Law" articles have discussed, there are four—and only four—legal justifications for entering private premises. For several reasons, the preferred authority for entry is a judicial warrant.

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