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April 2018 Issue

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Cover Story

A Day in the Life of a Bicycle Cop

By Evan Coward

Riding a bicycle all shift provides many opportunities to interact with the public in ways other officers can't.

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<p><em>Photo: Getty Images</em></p>

Gun Control, "Assault Weapons," and School Safety  

Law enforcement officers are strong supporters of the Second Amendment and do not support measures to prohibit sales of "assault weapons" and "high-capacity" magazines to the public.

<p><em>Photo: Amtec Less-Lethal Systems</em></p>

Less-Lethal Options  

These tools provide officers more flexibility in how to respond to non-deadly threats.

<p><em>Photo: POLICE file</em></p>

Maintaining Your Force  

To avoid needlessly recruiting additional officers, agencies are working to keep current officers happy in their careers.

<p><em>Photo: Michigan State Police</em></p>

Thinking Outside of the Recruiting Box  

Agencies are being forced to embrace new ways of reaching potential hires to fill their ranks.

<p>Portable LPR systems such as this NDI Road Warrior can constantly monitor an area and be moved as needed. <em>Photo: NDI Recognition Systems</em></p>

12 Things You Need to Know About LPR  

License plate recognition is one of the most effective but most misunderstood crime prevention tools available to law enforcement.

<p>Motor units are often locked into traditional roles such as providing motorcade escorts. <em>Photo: Amaury Murgado</em></p>

Motor Units Are Resource Multipliers  

Are your agency's motorcycle officers being used to their full advantage?

<p>The correct position for administering chest compressions to a K-9 is very different from that of a human patient. <em>Photo: Robin Zuckerman</em></p>

K-9 First Aid Basics  

Here is what handlers should know so they can provide medical aid to their four-legged partners.


<p><em>Chief Mark Stainbrook (Photo: San Diego Harbor Police)</em></p>

Strengthening the Chain of Command  

Unlike in the military, LEOs often need reminders to communicate with their supervisors and subordinates to work as a well-oiled team.

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

LE Victories: Score 2 for the Good Guys  

Last month the good guys in law enforcement scored two major victories in the war against evil, proving the good guys don't always lose.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Officer Safety: Why or Why Not?  

If you're asking "Why not," remind yourself about the risks you face every day.


<p><em>Photo: Streamlight</em></p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight TLR-7  

Streamlight's newest addition to its TLR line of weapon lights is ideal for compact and subcompact pistols.

<p><em>Photo: 5.11 Tactical</em></p>

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical Defender-Flex Jean  

These comfortable, rugged dungarees are designed from the ground up to be anything but your stereotypical tactical pants.


<p>Credit card interest is a common destructive expense that pushes you toward poverty and away from prosperity. <em>Photo: Getty Images</em></p>

Expenses: What to Cut and What to Keep  

Not everything you spend money on is equal, so learn to prioritize.

<p>You can increase the realism of simulator training for your officers by filming scenarios in your jurisdiction. <em>Photo: Lon Bartel</em></p>

Adding More Realism to Training  

Officers perform better when their training includes drills and scenarios that require them to use their skills in context under realistic conditions.

<p>The NOPD teaches its new Ethical Policing is Courageous (EPIC) program via a curriculum that is a mix of peer intervention science, skills, and strategies. <em>Photos: New Orleans PD</em></p>

New Orleans (LA) Police Department  

NOPD's new EPIC program is creating a new culture that promotes ethical policing at a grassroots level.

<p>Alien Gear&#39;s ShapeShift holster starter kit comes with everything you need to make four different carry configurations and quickly switch between them. (Photo: Alien Gear)</p>

Alien Gear: The Modular Holster  

The ShapeShift Modular Holster System from Alien Gear is just that, a system. The ShapeShift starter kit comes with all the parts necessary to make four holster configurations.

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