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May 2017 Issue

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Cover Story

Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

By David Griffith

Nowadays, patrol officers are rarely issued hats, much less helmets. But that may be changing.

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Features

<p>5.11 Tactical TMT L3X</p>

Lighting for LEOs  

These illumination options for hands, weapons, and entire scenes let officers see what's important, no matter the situation.

<p>Suspects hiding in thick foliage are difficult to see using a spotlight or flashlight (left), but their body heat makes them clearly visible using a thermal imaging device (right). (Photo: NOPTIC)</p>

Advantageous View  

Both of the most common types of "night vision" help law enforcement officers see people and objects they otherwise could not see in the dark, offering a huge tactical advantage.

<p>Photo: NLEOMF</p>

The Police Unity Tour of Israel  

Last September some 50 members of the Police Unity Tour, plus a few friends, gathered for a 10-hour flight to Israel. Our host wanted to share the experience with the rest of us while forging some special ties between the police in both countries.


Columns

Establishing Priorities  

If we don't set priorities, we tend to follow the path of least resistance, avoiding the big and difficult jobs and thereby leading to delay or failure.

Give Postal Police a Fighting Chance  

Postal Police Officers are sworn officers with statutory arrest authority and tactical training, and they qualify with their government-issued firearms.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

A Healthy Fear of Lightning  

I was on duty when a monsoon hit, killing the power grid and filling the arroyos with flash floods. It was to be a night of adventures and scares

<p>Photo: Kelly Bracken</p>

Officer Safety on the Road  

Wear your body armor. Don't drive at speeds beyond your capabilities. And use your seat belt.


Reviews

<p>Photo: A.J. George</p>

Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0 Duty Pistol  

Smith & Wesson listened to the feedback from its end-users and made a few improvements to the trusty M&P. The new version is coined the M&P 2.0 and it is definitely fit for duty.

<p>Photo: TacShield</p>

Police Product Test: TacShield Tactical Gun Belt 1.75"  

I've been wearing this belt daily for about a month now and it hasn't lost a bit of stiffness; great if you want a rock solid gun platform.

<p>Photo: First Tactical</p>

Police Product Test: First Tactical Ascend Messenger Bag  

I prefer carrying a satchel or briefcase myself, but until First Tactical's Ascend Messenger Bag there had never been one that could carry all of my "stuff."


Departments

<p>Panasonic&#39;s new Arbitrator BWC is tougher and offers more battery life than previous models. (Photo: Panasonic)</p>

Panasonic: Third Generation BWC  

In response to requests from law enforcement users of the Arbitrator Body Worn Camera (BWC), Panasonic has re-engineered the system from the inside out and even tweaked its evidence management software.

<p>Illustration: Getty Images</p>

How To Respond to an Emotionally Disturbed Person  

Today's law enforcement officer is forced to act as a mental health worker in a system that is obviously broken. We as law enforcement officers need to take this topic very seriously.

<p>Photo: Michael Schlosser</p>

Escaping from Standing Choke Holds  

The following are some basic escapes from various chokeholds. Keep in mind these escapes can include strikes on the assailant with personal weapons both before and during the escape.

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

Tactical Strength  

Strength is the component that allows all other elements of fitness to prosper, and for the tactical athlete, tactical strength is an absolute must.

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