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April 2017 Issue

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Cover Story

Avoid Stepping in It With K-9s

By David "Lou" Ferland

We plan, we train, we try to anticipate as many probabilities as we can think of, except we often forget the dog's involvement in a police call. Here are some tips for what to do so you won't find yourself in the way when working with a K-9 on scene.

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Features

<p>Photo: Watchguard Video</p>

Lessons Learned from Body Cam Users  

For this article, POLICE sought out body camera users at a number of law enforcement agencies nationwide. Here's what they had to say.

<p>Photo: Brother</p>

Citation Solutions  

These products improve the ticketing experience through enhanced safety, comfort, and convenience.

<p>Photo: Lenexa (KS) PD</p>

LPR: Going Beyond Wants and Warrants  

Here's a look at some innovative ways U.S. agencies are using LPR systems to enhance public safety.

<p>Officer Aaron Bolin riding Aiden at the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open. A lot of people ask him, &quot;How tall is that horse?&quot;(Photo: Jason Ponder)</p>

First Person: Working in the Saddle  

The men and women on the Mounted Unit were able to ride and control those horses in chaotic scenes in a way that made it look effortless. I've always loved animals and I knew after seeing the Mounted Unit in action that I wanted to give it a try.

<p>Mocean&#39;s style # 0568 2-Tone External Vest Carrier</p>

Bicycle Gear  

This equipment will help you get the most out of your shifts on bike patrol.

Shelter Dogs: From the Dog Pound to K-9 Duty  

Recently, a number of law enforcement agencies have decided to expand their K-9 ranks to include some unusual breeds and mixed breed dogs from shelters and dog rescues. There are now organizations that are funding the training of shelter dogs for police work or training and placing dogs with agencies.

<p>Special Events motor officers brave the elements to escort dignitaries as well as interact with citizens and international tourists. (Photo: Darren Edwards)</p>

Motors on a Mission  

The motor unit within the Special Events branch of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department doesn't often spend its time handing out traffic citations. The officers are too busy with other duties specific to the nation's capital.


Columns

Your Role as a Supervisor  

Just doing your job is not enough. You have to fulfill your role as a supervisor, which encompasses much more.

Honoring a Patriot  

Our families and friends are subjected to a barrage of anti-cop gibberish on social media. One inspiring exception to this has been the unrelenting support law enforcement has received from Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro this past year.

<p>David Griffith (Photo: Kelly Bracken)</p>

The Liability Plague  

With the money they lose to lawsuits law enforcement agencies could hire more officers, field better equipment, and offer more comprehensive training.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

What Dreams May Come  

Worrying enhances the anxiety associated with our dreams, and most experts say dreams are the "subconscious mind" resolving anxieties. No cop ever said they didn't think about confronting life and death situations; anxiety is a healthy result of those thoughts.


Reviews

<p>Photo: Streamlight</p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight Strion DS Flashlight  

With high, medium, low, and strobe functions, powering the Strion DS is a breeze via either the side or tail switch. Both are large and rubberized for both IPX4 water resistance and ease of use, and feature Streamlight's Ten-Tap technology.

<p>Photo: First Tactical</p>

Police Product Test: First Tactical Canyon Digital Compass Watch  

Dubbed the Canyon Digital Compass Watch, First Tactical's new timepiece is as functional as it is durable and practical.


Departments

<p>Photo: Qore Performance</p>

Qore Performance: Cool Companion  

The inventor struck upon the idea of essentially creating a flat water bottle shaped to be worn under armor with a drinking tube attached. And the IcePlate was born. 

<p>Photo: Daniel Abidin</p>

Increasing Speed and Power  

The startle reflex is your natural response to sudden noise or pain. Everyone has it, and I'm going to give you four steps to change your startle reflex into an effective defense technique I call the "converted startle."

<p>Photo: Vincent Taroc</p>

How To Conduct Patrol-Level Interviews  

I have assembled some useful information specifically tailored for the patrol officer conducting interviews and interrogations during the initial investigation.

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