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January 2014 Issue

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Cover Story

Military Vets Joining Law Enforcement

By Mark Clark

Men and women leaving active-duty military jobs would seem to be a perfect fit for police careers. But there are many obstacles in their way and hurdles they must overcome before pinning on their badges and joining the thin blue line.

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Features

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

Does the LEOSA Carry Law Apply to You?  

In law enforcement, a lot of the recent scuttlebutt focuses on off-duty and retired officer carry laws, covering what you can and cannot do under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA).


Columns

<p>Photo courtesy of American Military University</p>

Plan to Advance Your Career  

When it comes to career planning, first things first: Figure out your desired career path.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Don't be a Philistine  

Are you confident in your defensive skills? If so, then don't take them for granted, but rather keep training. If you're lacking in these skills, then make them strengths by practicing.

Misplaced Budget Priorities  

Before going into recess, the House passed the budget committee's recommendation to increase the amount new government employees have to pay into their pensions beginning this month.

The Two Million-Dollar Wound  

A lot of people think medically retired New Jersey transit officer Christopher Onesti may be the beneficiary of a "million-dollar wound," a full disability pension for an injury that is not quite so disabling.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Eye of Mine Eye-View 1080HD Video Sunglasses  

Like their predecessor, these glasses come with interchangeable clear and polarized grey lenses and have a high-definition video camera built into the bridge of the nose.

<p>Photo courtesy of Smith &amp; Wesson Footwear</p>

Police Product Test: Smith & Wesson Tac Side-Zip Boots  

Out of the box I was impressed with the Tac boot's clean, classic styling. The leather construction makes these puncture resistant and windproof, keeping your feet safe and warm in the colder months.

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

Daniel Defense DDM4 Rifle with Lite Rail  

When my test and evaluation DDM4 arrived, I tore into the box like a kid on Christmas morning. Inside was a beautiful DDM4 rifle with a 16-inch barrel, Magpul MOE stock, DD's fixed front and rear sights, a Superior Suppression muzzle device, and a 12-inch Lite Rail II (LRII).


Departments

<p>Photo courtesy of Ron Martinelli</p>

Reconsidering Carotid Control  

The carotid restraint control hold is a valuable force option. When applied by a competent end-user, the hold is quick and highly effective and is absent of any evidence of traumatic injury.

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

Shots Fired: Riverside, California 09/11/2008  

Officer Evan Wright chased after a gang member who fled and reached for his pocket while running. A flying tackle sent the two men into the middle of a residential driveway where some 20 guests were observing a quinceanera party in the front yard.

<p>Take training seriously to decrease your chances of dying in the line of duty. Photo courtesy of the Osceola County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office</p>

Don't Become a Statistic  

Can we ever stop law enforcement officers from being killed? I don't think so, but we don't have to make it any easier for it to happen either. There are things we should be doing that are well within our reach, but we don't.

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

Chasing Misdemeanants  

Some search-and-seizure rules are not very clear, and state and local federal courts might apply them differently. How can you be expected to pick and choose the right rule on an issue for which there doesn't seem to be just one "right" rule?

<p>Photo courtesy of Defense Technology</p>

Defense Technology Flash-Bang Simulator Training Kit  

You want to be as prepared as possible to use less-lethal devices during call-outs. But if you could limit the cost and danger needed to train in their use, why wouldn't you? That's the idea behind Defense Technology's Low Roll Training Simulator Starter Kit.

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