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February 2013 Issue

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Cover Story

What CSIs Want You to Know

By Amaury Murgado

As for responding officers, the question for us becomes twofold. First, do we appreciate the importance of CSI's role and, second (oftentimes more important), do we appreciate the importance of our own role in crime scene handling and processing?

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Features

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

Police and PTSD  

As time went by, not only was PTSD diagnosed of war veterans, but of others who'd suffered some damage to their psyche as the result of being exposed to a traumatic event. High on the list of professions associated with the condition are first responders, including fire, EMS, and law enforcement.

<p>Photo courtesy of Chico (Calif.) PD.</p>

Electronic Evidence Management  

Managing evidence is one of law enforcement's most critical tasks. Automating evidence management enables property room personnel to know where their evidence is and why.

High-Definition Imaging  

One of the nation's most ambitious ALPR programs is in operation in Orange County, Calif. The countywide ALPR effort involves 50 vehicle-mounted ALPR units from Vigilant Solutions spread across 24 agencies.

<p>The Glock G30S officers a slim .45 ACP pistol for tactical officers. Photo: Mark W. Clark.</p>

SHOT Show 2013: Best of Show  

The big trend at this year's SHOT Show was flashlights so bright that they can probably take X-rays. Police staff members accidentally got blasted a few times with these 700-lumen light sabers, and they are more less-lethal weapons than illumination tools.


Columns

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Protecting the Children  

FLEOA does not support anyone using the Second Amendment as a scapegoat for the Newtown tragedy. Instead, FLEOA is recommending a Safety Summit that includes law enforcement, the NRA, and legislators.

<p><span>Illustration:&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

Myths Die Hard  

One of the things that never fails to amaze me is how often some precious belief I have turns out to just be a myth. Well, myth is a tough word because some of the meanings of "myth" are important, like: A legend or story that explains or demonstrates a virtue or message.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Assault Weapons Ban: A Cure That Could Kill  

The proposed federal Assault Weapons Ban, which is supposed to curtail mass shootings, could be very bad for law enforcement officers. It may take the tools you need to protect the public from active shooters right out of your hands.


Reviews

<p>S&amp;W&#39;s Commander-size Round Butt SW1911. Photo: Paul Budde</p>

Smith & Wesson Performance Center SW1911 Pistols  

S&W's Performance Center pistols are carefully assembled from the finest components, using all of the traditional skills of the custom gunsmith. The results are handguns that are not only distinctive and attractive, but are eminently shootable and capable of extreme accuracy.


Departments

<p>Photo: Bryan McKean</p>

Rethinking Active Shooter Response  

The threat of active shooters is on the minds of both the public and law enforcement. Now that so many people in law enforcement and the public are looking for ways to prevent active shooter attacks, it's time to rethink the way that we respond to these attacks.

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

The QuiqLiteX Hands-Free Flashlight  

QuiqLiteX puts out from 20 to 150 lumens for the dual white LED version and from 20 to 75 lumens for the colored  options: tactical red and white, and blue and white.

<p>Officers Eric Reynolds (left) and Christopher Munro. Photo: Boynton Beach PD.</p>

Florida Officers Take Down Armed Bank Robbery Suspect  

Two Florida officers pursued an armed robbery suspect. The driver stopped and engaged the two officers, both of whom survived the ensuing gunfight. The assailant did not.

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

Shots Fired: Glendale, California 03/31/2008  

Gonzalez glanced back in Anderson's direction a second time. "Aw, shit!" he said, his facial expression leaving no doubt as to the sincerity of the sentiment. And with that, he tossed his soda on the ground and took off running around the corner and southbound on Adams Street.

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

Consent Searches  

Warrantless searches are presumed to be unreasonable, but the U.S. Supreme Court has acknowledged that a warrantless search may still be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment if it falls within the guidelines of one or more of a limited number of exceptions.

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