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December 2013 Issue

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Cover Story

Cops and Holiday DUIs

By Dean Scoville and Evan Wagner

One study reported that overall alcoholic intake may not be greater among police officers, but officers have higher incidences of binge drinking. Take a moment to consider that…and where you land, particularly as holiday festivities (and New Year's resolutions) approach.

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Features

<p>Gore-Tex&#39;s new Chem-Pak apparel&nbsp;retails with Blauer or Lion branding.&nbsp; </p>
<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

IACP 2013: Both Sides of Today‚Äôs Police Products  

There's the stuff that you would expect to see at any law enforcement exposition and there's the stuff that seems to have dropped out of a science fiction movie. And all of it has the potential to be important to what you do in contemporary policing.

<p>Officer using L-3 in-vehicle systems, including FlashBack 3 video, a VOne mobile computer, and PatrolScout integrated video streaming and GPS locator. Photo courtesy of L-3.</p>

Improving In-Car Video  

Over the last two years of IACP shows, in-car video manufacturers have debuted a number of new products that have followed new trends in the mobile video market. Here’s a look at some of those products and trends.


Columns

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Who Loves Ya, Baby?  

Being overly emotionally committed to your agency only leads to heartbreak. Unrequited love is one of the toughest emotional hits a human can face and therefore I ask you to rethink your relationship with your agency and those who work with you.

Turn In Your Guns  

When the federal government shut down on Oct. 1, HUD-OIG opted to make special agents' non-pay status worse by snatching their guns away. This left approximately 300 special agents both unarmed and unpaid.

To Serve and Protect  

I don’t know for sure what drove Libke to volunteer as a reserve officer. But I bet it was a desire to serve his community.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Gerber Downrange Tomahawk  

Gerber has deemed the Downrange Tomahawk a "three tiered" breaching tool. The axe head serves as a hammer, chopper, and leverage point for prying.

Police Product Test: StatGear T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool  

Designed by New York City Paramedic Avi Goldstein, the T3 is a true multi-tool but with one mission: freeing collision victims from the wreckage of their vehicles.

<p>Photo: Paul Budde and Becky Leavitt</p>

SIG Sauer P227 Pistol  

If SIG was to capture a larger share of this market it needed to offer a high-capacity .45 pistol. And that's just what it did earlier this year when it released the P227.


Departments

<p>Photo: Traci Dean</p>

Maximizing Striking Power  

Law enforcement combatives are about obtaining control, and knowing how to strike properly is a big part of that. This concept is brought home every time we see an ineffective officer struggling for control in a YouTube video or in a story on the local nightly news.

<p>Remember to make use of all resources available to you for an investigation, whatever the type of case. Photo: Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office Forensics</p>

12 Tips From Homicide Detectives  

I work with some highly recognized homicide detectives who have provided tips that could help detectives and patrol officers alike. The following bits of wisdom apply to all investigations, regardless of the nature of the crime or who is investigating.

<p>Then-governor Christine Gregoire presented the Washington Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to Deputy Krista McDonald of the Kitsap County (Wash.) Sheriff&#39;s Office. Photo courtesy of Kitsap County SO.</p>

Shots Fired: Kitsap County, Washington 01/23/2011  

If as it's said there's no rest for the wicked, then it follows that the Sabbath day offers no respite for law enforcement. Certainly, the third Sunday of January 2011 adhered to that truth as three Kitsap County, Wash., Sheriff's deputies could attest.

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

Visual Enhancement and the Fourth Amendment  

What if an object only comes into plain view after an officer shines a flashlight or spotlight into an area, or looks through binoculars? Does this use of sense-enhancing devices make a difference in the Fourth Amendment calculation of reasonableness?

<p>Photo courtesy of DutySmith</p>

Fast Draw for the Law  

Developed in partnership with veteran trainer Officer Robert Hindi of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, all DutySmith StreetForce holders are designed for officer safety.

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