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March 2017 Issue

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Cover Story

Less-Lethal: Making Impact

By David Griffith

The pressure on American law enforcement agencies to field tools that can subdue dangerous armed and unarmed individuals without using deadly force has never been greater than today. The answer according to many experts is less-lethal weapons that can be fired from a distance and effect subjects with blunt force or chemical irritant or both.

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Features

<p>Photo: Alliance Police Training Facility</p>

Train Like You Mean It  

Not every law enforcement agency has the resources to build a brand-new facility from the ground up. But there are many ways to upgrade department facilities and improve officers' training experiences to help them succeed.

<p>CaseCruzer</p>

Storage Compartments  

From weapon lockers to handgun cases, these solutions have officers' firearms and other equipment covered. 

<p>Ritter &amp; Stark exhibited its SX-1 Modular Tactical Rifle.</p>

SHOT Show 2017: Report from the Aisles  

In the last decade, the number of law enforcement products on display at the annual Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show has ballooned to the point that it can be difficult to see them all. Here's a quick look at some of the items that caught our attention.


Columns

Protecting the Police Officer  

With so many murders of officers in 2016, we expect our national leadership to do more than send us to sensitivity training.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Where are the Helmets?  

Departments hoping to reach out to "alienated communities" are implementing training designed to: make us feel bad about who we are; encourage us to try to diagnose the "root cause" of a miscreant's bad behavior; and tempt us to hesitate to do our job for fear of prosecution or punishment. This is a recipe for disaster where officer safety is concerned.

<p>Amaury Murgado</p>

Developing Managerial Effectiveness  

Managerial effectiveness includes skills such as time management, strategic thinking, and decision-making. The challenge for any supervisor is to develop relevant skills in order to be more effective.

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Police Supporters  

The prevailing wisdom in this country is that the people have turned against the police. Statistically and anecdotally, there is evidence that the prevailing wisdom is wrong.


Reviews

<p>Urban Force TRU Dress Shirt (Photo: Tru-Spec)</p>

Police Product Test: Tru-Spec Urban Force TRU Apparel  

The whole idea behind Tru-Spec's Urban Force TRU (Tactical Response Uniform) line is to retain all of the militaristic features that make the clothing fully functional for law enforcement use, yet make the appearance more clean and professional and less G.I. Joe.

<p>Photo: Ian Bell Photography</p>

Police Product Test: The Rudy Project Tralyx Shooting Glasses Kit  

The Tralyx kit (you can buy just the glasses) comes with three lenses, frames, a cleaning and storage bag, and a rigid zippered clamshell to protect everything.


Departments

<p>While people disagree about the exact amount of water needed to maintain proper hydration, there&#39;s no question drinking enough water is important. (Photo: iStockphoto.com)</p>

Drink More Water  

Fortunately, there are many things officers can do to get themselves in a better position to perform at a high level during their shifts. One is to hydrate properly.

<p>A weapon light can be used even in daylight to provide officers some concealment. (Photo: Brian Marshall)</p>

Tactical Illuminator Training  

Over the last 10 years of sharing what I have learned about weapon-mounted lights, I have heard the same questions, concerns, and training issues from departments around the country. I have found that discussing Jeff Cooper's Rules of Firearms Safety in reverse is an easy way to hit all of the bases for a solid tactical illuminator training program.

<p>Photo: Mobile Pro Systems</p>

Mobile Pro Systems: Remote Connection  

The Commander 3400 mobile trailer from Mobile Pro Systems can help solve many of the communications issues and video surveillance needs encountered by contemporary American law enforcement agencies.

<p>Children ages 3 to 6 understand the concept of being lost and may attempt to return home or to a familiar place, but they tend to keep going in one direction. (Photo: iStockphoto.com)</p>

How to Investigate Lost Children  

There are basically five ways children go missing: abduction by a parent, kidnapping and ransom, runaway children, predator abduction, or unexplained disappearance. Until you figure out what you have, each investigation starts off with the premise that the child has gone missing by wandering off somewhere. This article will cover common aspects of a lost child in order to help an officer with the initial investigation.

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