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May 2013 Issue

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Cover Story

Safe Prisoner Transport

By Melanie Basich

Every year, prisoners escape custody. But using the proper restraints and techniques for each prisoner transfer situation will help ensure the safety of yourself and other law enforcement officers.

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Features

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

Customizing Your AR Rifle  

ARs are almost endlessly customizable to suit the needs of the operator. From barrel length to stocks, grips, rails, and optics, the foundation of the AR-15 can be adapted to everything from close-quarters operation work to long-range precision applications.

<p>Photo via Facebook.</p>

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?  

Unlike most cornered suspects, the active, retired, or terminated cop who fights his former peers does so with a weapons cache that is wholly different from that of the usual suspects, one that comes with the experience, training, and tactical awareness unique to those who have worked in the profession.

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

50 Years After Miranda  

Officers on the job before 1966 knew that the right to remain silent was guaranteed by the Constitution, but no officer from that era ever thought it was his job to remind offenders of their rights. That changed with the arrest of Ernesto Miranda in March 1963 and the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that followed.

<p>Photos courtesy of Her BlueWear and Tru-Spec.</p>

New Uniforms Boast Comfort, Technology, and Tradition  

Law enforcement agencies across the country value functional uniforms. As fabric and design technology improve, manufacturers are able to create a more diverse array of products that enhance efficiency on the job.

<p>Photo by Paul Clinton.</p>

The DOJ's VALOR Training Initiative  

The goal of the VALOR Initiative is to help officers rediscover and hone their officer safety skills. Regional VALOR training sessions are conducted at no cost to the host agency or to the officers who attend.


Columns

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

The P-Word  

Panic has little place in the modern world, and for a crime fighter it can be a killer; action is our mantra, and preparation is our antidote.

<p>Photo by Kelly Bracken.</p>

Random Thoughts About a Rough Week  

We, and I mean everyone in the United States, have just been through what President Obama called a "rough week."  Americans and American law enforcement rose to meet these horrors and battle this evil in ways that can only make us all proud.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Rocky S2V Vented Military Duty Boots  

The S2V is an 8.5-inch leather and 1,000-denier Cordura nylon boot with a proprietary Vibram sole that is made in the USA. Rocky's Dri-Lex material and Lycra spandex line the boot, which allows for a snug fit while wicking moisture away from your skin.

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

Police Product Test: Blade-Tech Looper Gun Belt  

The Blade-Tech Reinforced Looper Series gun belt is clearly aimed at fitting the needs of the plainclothes police officer. Yes, it has the same Kydex used in holsters and it serves the same purpose; it makes the belt rigid.

<p><span>Photo by Paul Budde.</span></p>

FNH USA FNX-45 Duty Pistol  

A few years ago, FN introduced the successor to the FNP line, the FNX. Like the FNP, the FNX is a hammer-fired, polymer-framed duty pistol with a double-action/single-action trigger system. The latest model in the series is the worthy successor to the FNP-45, the FNX-45.


Departments

<p>Photo by Amaury Murgado.</p>

15 Things to Make Your Life Easier on Patrol  

I have created a list of items that I've found useful over the years. I recommend you use it to start or perhaps update your own list. Then make sure you carry everything you've decided you need in your squad.

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

The Dangers of Distracted Driving  

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

<p>Photos courtesy of Blackhawk.</p>

Blackhawk's Level III Epoch Holster  

In the Blackhawk Epoch holster system, a wedge engages from the side of the holster and locks into the ejection port. The wedge is released when the shooter grips the pistol to draw and pushes down on a plunger with his or her thumb

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

Shots Fired: San Dimas, California 06/20/1989  

Belmontez raised the knife and charged at the officers with rapid steps. That the man had a wooden leg had already been made known to Brown. What he didn't expect was that the 250-pound man had long ago become accustomed to walking with it.

<p>Photo by John Johnston, Ace K9.</p>

Dogs, Drugs, and the Fourth Amendment  

Two cases from Florida have brought the U.S. Supreme Court to two different conclusions regarding K-9 searches in 2013. One is an affirmation of existing practice, but the other breaks new ground and imposes new limits.

<p>Photo courtesy of Travis Creteau</p>

Border Patrol Agent Retrieves Two Children from Submerged Vehicle  

Agent Travis Creteau was able to retrieve two little girls from a fully submerged vehicle after it crashed into a San Diego-area reservoir. Unfortunately, the children did not survive. For his efforts, agent Creteau has been named the May 2013 NLEOMF Officer of the Month.

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