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June 2014 Issue

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Cover Story

Radios: Your Lifeline is Evolving

By David Griffith and Mark Clark

Officers have come to rely on both their in-car and portable radios for critical intelligenc. Here's a look at some trends in police communications today and some evolving technologies that will radically change them in the near future.

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Features

<p>Dep. John Braman of the Volusia County (Fla.) Sheriff&#39;s Office began learning to fly a plane as a birthday present to himself this year.</p>
<p>Photo: John Braman</p>

Hobbies: Follow a New Passion  

Law enforcement is a profession that many use to define themselves, but allowing your identity to be based solely on your job is not a good idea. Pursuing an activity outside of policing gives the mind and body a much needed breather. Some officers find surprising ways to fulfill this goal.

<p>Photo: Jimmy Lee</p>

Get Ready for a Fight  

Your defensive tactics training should be intense, exhausting, applicable, and eye-opening. Don't come to in-service training dressed for vacation or expecting to sleepwalk through the course.

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

Alone Against All Odds  

Cops are accustomed to answering calls for help, and generally think no less of those who ask. But officers themselves are often hesitant to ask for help, and that can be very impractical and even costly. 

<p>Tactical Medical Solutions&#39; Downed Officer Kit contains seven potentially life-saving first-aid supplies in a sealed pouch. Photo: Tactical Medical Solutions</p>

Hemorrhage Control  

Officer Joshua Burns might have bled out and died if it wasn't for a new emergency medical program that the Dallas PD had implemented just weeks before he was shot. As part of that program, 3,200 Dallas officers had been trained in basic hemorrhage control techniques and issued Tactical Medical Solutions' Downed Officer Kit (DOK).

<p>Photo: Google</p>

Autonomous Cars: Driving on Auto Pilot  

Imagine an officer gets into the driver's seat, which recognizes her by retina scan, and it immediately moves to the position she prefers. The officer logs on via voice request to the department CAD system and "tells" the vehicle to patrol the downtown area using random patrol "Henry 1." This could be reality sooner than you think.

<p>Photo: Bradley Nickell</p>

Deadly Threats: The Longest 10 Seconds  

The most stressful situation a police officer can face is an unexpected deadly threat—someone wanting to kill you or another person. You must react to it. And you don't have time to think.


Columns

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Cowboy Up  

John Wayne knew the canyon was dangerous and was ready. Our ambushes occur in a modern-day canyon of houses, vehicles, and woods, and we also need to have the Duke's "always prepared" mindset.

Seattle PD Lawsuit: Calling Out Goliath  

Late last month 126 officers of the Seattle Police Department decided it was time to stand up and challenge Goliath, in this case the federal government. Instead of a sling and a stone, they wielded a lawsuit.


Reviews

<p>Photo: Bates</p>

Product Test: Bates Delta Nitro 8" SZ Boots  

The Delta Nitros are extremely comfortable, flexible, and supportive without the need for insoles or breaking in, something few boots can claim. They do this and still maintain the feel of a real boot.

<p>Photo: 425 Inc.</p>

Product Test: 425 Inc. Guardian Angel LED Light  

The Guardian Angel is a slim-profile, personal LED light system, designed to be mounted to virtually anything thanks to the variety of accessory mounts. It is rechargeable, very durable, and available in a variety of colors and light patterns.

<p>Photo: Mark Clark</p>

Product Test: Vievu LE3 On-Body Video System  

Vievu's LE3 is the company's latest small, lightweight, self-contained video recorder system. About the size and weight of a pager, this on-body video system can easily be worn on an officer's uniform.

<p>Photo: Becky Leavitt</p>

Steyr Mannlicher L9-A1 Duty Pistol  

The current version of the full-size Steyr duty pistol, the L9-A1, debuted last year. Available chambered for either the 9mm Luger or .40 S&W, the L9-A1 has many of the features of Steyr's earlier pistols along with several new ones, including a redesigned trigger.


Departments

<p>Agency administrators will likely disagree with you on how money should be spent unless you present a convincing argument. </p>
<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets  

If you are a "cup is half full" person, then having the right perspective, attitude, and imagination can conquer the frustration of an ever-shrinking budget. It is possible to still make things happen.

<p>Photo: 5.11 Tactical</p>

5.11 Tactical: Rethinking the Duty Belt  

Development of 5.11 Tactical's new Sierra Bravo Duty Belt was spurred by a request from an overseas law enforcement agency for a nylon duty belt that was lighter than comparable models and innovative.

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