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June 2013 Issue

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Cover Story

Financial Literacy for Cops

By Dean Scoville

If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.

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Features

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

Hand-Held Substance Detectors for Patrol  

The technologies that detect the presence of unknown substances aren't just for specialized units anymore. More individual police officers are using these devices as they become more advanced, portable, and suitable for everyday use.

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

Treatment and Redemption  

With the help of strategic partnerships and programs aimed at treating addicted officers, treatment centers are opening their doors to first responders, helping them get better and return to work.

<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Rethinking SWAT Training  

What SWAT fitness experts are discovering is that some of this wear and tear and incapacitation can be avoided with "smart" training instead of "hard" training. Smart training is real-world oriented and job applicable. It's not just training for the sake of training.


Columns

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

Cops and Psychology  

Cops should be most concerned about flaws in studies involving PTSD. Post-traumatic stress wasn't even recognized as a disorder until 1980, and then suddenly it was everywhere, caused by everything and happening to everyone.

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/28402283@N07/3200436641/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Chuck Coker</a>/Flickr.</p>

Fourth Amendment Blues  

Essentially, because of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. And the public has no sympathy whatsoever for your precarious position.


Reviews

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

Police Product Test: Streamlight Strion LED HL  

The Streamlight Strion LED HL made its debut recently and features, among other things, upgraded LEDs over the previous generation that produce a blinding amount of light in a very compact package.

<p>Photo by A.J. George.</p>

Police Product Test: Blue Force Gear Hive Satchel  

Through a partnership with Chris Costa, Blue Force recently introduced the new single-strapped backpack with the sole purpose of allowing officers to discreetly carry everything from knives and magazines to compact submachine guns.

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

Sturm, Ruger & Co. LC380 Subcompact Pistol  

As you might have ascertained by its model designation, the LC380 is essentially the LC9 modified to fire the .380 cartridge. In fact, the LC380 is identical to the LC9 in every respect, except for the caliber and a minuscule variation in weight.


Departments

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

Arresting Active Resisters  

You have to make split-second decisions when it comes to use of force while effecting an arrest. Training in strategy and tactics, control and verbal techniques, and proper use of force are essential for you to make proper decisions.

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

Community Involvement  

There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.

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

Shots Fired: Carbondale, Illinois 01/29/2007  

When Officer John Doogan and his partner arrived at the cottage house on Beveridge Street, all they knew was that it was a domestic call and that such calls took all shapes and forms. Neither officer knew just how out of control things had gotten before their arrival and how bad things were about to get.

<p>Photo courtesy of Joe Young.</p>

Va. Officer Saves Family from Armed Jealous Ex-Boyfriend  

Officer Joe Young protected a family from a man recently released from jail who threatened his ex-girlfriend because she had a new boyfriend. Young was forced to shoot the man, who took his own life.

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

Forced Blood From Impaired Drivers  

The Supreme Court has made it more difficult for law enforcement officers to obtain the most probative evidence of impaired driving—a measure of the alcohol concentration in a sample of the suspect's blood.

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