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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confiscated this fake California Identification Card during an investigation. The IDs have since been given additional anti-forgery features, which can often be defeated by savvy counterfeiters.

ID Forgery Kit

Street gangs have become very adept at creating convincing false documents that can pass an officer's cursory inspection. Advanced computers, scanners, and color printers make detection more challenging, and traffickers often use fake birth certificates and other forgeries to obtain authentic state-issued documents. Biometric methods such as fingerprinting, retinal scans and DNA are a much more reliable way to identify suspicious people. Photos courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

One of the marine suspects was a military trained sniper who sported a prominent tattoo of a .50-caliber Barrett rifle. The suspect was taken into custody when the K-9 bit his left arm.

Tucson Home Invasions: Marine Double-Cross

Tucson PD officers responding to a suspicious-activity call of armed men in a residential alley were met with two heavily armed former marines just home from Iraq. According to the initial investigation, one marine double-crossed his buddy on a drug deal, by bringing in a third crew to rob the "hydro weed." One was a skilled markesmen with a heavy duty arsenal determined to fight, when the high-powered rifle malfunctioned. Responding officers used airborne and K-9 units to search unpaved alleys and scrub brush between the homes, where the suspects were eventually apprehended by the home invasion unit. Crime scene photos courtesy of Tucson PD.

A palm strike can deliver significant force, yet it is unlikely to break your hand. Start with both hands up protecting the head and face in a blocking position.

Four Safer Strikes

There are arguments for and against law enforcement officers using closed-hand punches. It can be better to avoid hitting a suspect with your bare knuckles so you don't injure your hands so you can't pull a trigger, hold a baton or continue striking with a broken hand. Here are four safer strikes—palm strike, bottom fist strike, knee strike and elbow strike—when dealing with a violent suspect. Our related article, "Safer Strikes," explains how to avoid bloodborne pathogens.

Deputy Sgt. Yvonne Shull collected one patch from each sheriff's agency in the county with the help of parents Ernie and Alice (pictured left) Shull. The Orange County Sheriffs' Department picked Sgt. Shull it's distinguished deputy in 2010 for her 24-year career, which includes supervising 200 hundred homicide cases. Photo by Jerry Manson/OCSD.

National Sheriffs' Patch Collection

View our photos of the highlights of a collection of patches from sheriffs' departments across the country that was on display at the National Sheriffs' Association Conference in June. Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff Department's Deputy Sgt. Yvonne Shull spent 13 years collecting a patch from each of the nation's more than 3,200 sheriffs' agencies. Alaska is the only state not represented, because there are no sheriffs' agencies there. Shull's parents helped assemble sewn panels of rows of patches that covered the front and back of a 185-foot display. Click "View the Gallery" to see the individual patches.

Home invasions often don't involve traditional victims, since they are mostly armed robberies by drug crews who "rip" or "lick" narcotics and cash from each other.

Tucson Home Invasions: The Missing Man

In the south Arizona drug trade, armed home invasions usually differ from other robberies because police don't have a traditional victim or witnesses. They can be dynamic, armed confrontations in the middle of the night between drug crews looking to heist drugs and money. View crime scene photos from one case, in which the Tucson PD's home invasion special investigative unit arrived to find a blood-stained driveway, spray of rifle rounds embedded in doors and walls, as well as a pair of ostrich boots. Photos courtesy of Tucson PD.

5.11 Tactical's XPRT has a simple 3.75-inch clip point blade with a recurve edge that provides a long and strong cutting edge. Its Crucible CPM S30V blade steel is tough, holds an edge, and sharpens easily. The blade and all hardware are black oxide coated to reduce reflections and enhance corrosion resistance, while the scaled G10 handle is scalloped to give you a solid grip. What makes this knife different is how the liner lock and frame protrude from the rear of the knife to give you an impact weapon or glass breaker.

Knives & Tools: 2010

Knives and pocket tools are an invaluable asset for a patrol officer and have become as much a part of the duty uniform as body armor. Here's our look at 10 current offerings for 2010 from today's best-known suppliers.

With "Project Deliverance," which was led by the DEA, agents seized $945,685 in drug proceeds, which is packed in evidence bags and labeled for prosecution. The cash is seized, forfeited, and then either goes into the asset forfeiture fund  and/or is shared with state and local partners who participated in the  investigation.

Narcotic Transporter Bust

With "Project Deliverance," federal agencies cooperating with local LE officers arrested more than 2,000 narcotics transporters and Mexican cartel associates in mid-June. The multi-jurisdictional operation also led to the seizure of $154 million and 74.1 tons of drugs, as well as the arrest of a high-priority target. These photos, which are courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), show some of the evidence seized in the drug trafficking operation.

Memphis is the setting for the third installment of TLC's "Police Women" series. The four officers this time include two who grew up in the south Memphis neighborhoods they now patrol. Officer Virginia Awkward (pictured) documents a confiscated revolver and two long guns.

Police Women of Memphis

In the third installment of their "Police Women" reality series, TLC heads to Memphis to follow four officers with the Memphis PD. During 12 episodes that began May 27, officers Aubrey Olson, Arica Logan, Joy Jefferson and Virginia Awkward patrol Memphis streets. Photos courtesy of TLC.

The TPV was built for urban or rural response due to its 116-inch  wheelbase (shorter than other ARVs for better maneuverability), a ground clearance of 13 inches, a width of 85 inches, and a  governed speed of almost 75 mph. It arrives with optional four-wheel drive.

Oshkosh Defense TPV

Oshkosh Defense's Tactical Protector Vehicle (TPV) looks ready for serious business. It's a large vehicle compared to a passenger SUV, but it's actually smaller than some other tactical rescue vehicles designed for the police market. Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense has been making armored rolling stock for the U.S. military since 1918. The Oshkosh Defense TPV—the company's first tactical response vehicle for law enforcement—benefits from its manufacturer's long history of making military vehicles. Read POLICE Magazine's "First Look" article on the TPV.

From left to right, John R. Ramsey, FLEOA's national vice president for membership benefits; Kathyrn Downey, trooper with Massachusetts State Police; and Jon Adler, FLEOA's national president.

Federal LEO Association Conference

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) recently held its 2010 national conference in Henderson, Nev. FLEOA is a volunteer organization that provides legal assistance and representation for its members. Federal officers do not have union support like municipal, county, and state law enforcement officers, so FLEOA fills this need for its members and advocates for legislation important to them. In fact, FLEOA's unified voice led to the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act being signed into law on June 1, 2010 (P.L. 111-178). These photos show some of the highlights of the FLEOA conference.

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