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Summer-Friendly Uniforms

While civilians might whine about rising temperatures, they at least have the option of wearing shorts and a T-shirt with a pair of sandals to beat the summer heat. Police officers must wear a uniform, boots, and a stifling ballistic vest. Yet despite the limitations of regulations on duty, lighter clothing is an option, even if you're not a bicycle cop.

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Fit and Clean for Life

Fit and Clean for Life

Your soft body armor always stands at the ready to help save your life. And next to your duty weapon, it's the most important piece of equipment that you have on the job. Yet, many of you are unfamiliar with how to best make sure your vests fit properly and, also, how proper fit affects not only your comfort but also the protection the armor provides. Sadly, even fewer of you fully understand how to best care for your vests to get the best protection and longest service from them.

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Are TASERs Really Non-Lethal?

With more than 45 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide now using conducted electrical weapon (CEW) devices, agencies and the general public are becoming more familiar with the capabilities of and controversy surrounding these non-lethal weapons. The latest research conducted on animals and humans indicates that CEWs are among the safest of weapon options

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How to Respond to Excited Delirium

How to Respond to Excited Delirium

Because you, as law enforcement officers, are often required to control subjects in various stages of agitation, it is important for you to understand that some of these subjects will be in a state of extreme physiologic stress. This state is often called "excited or agitated delirium."

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Crimes Against Taxi Drivers

Driving a taxi is one of the most dangerous professions. Drivers are sent alone to isolated areas, including high-crime neighborhoods to pick up strangers. They work early mornings and late nights, and they carry a lot of cash. So it's not surprising that taxi drivers are often assaulted, robbed, and killed.

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Portable First Aid

When the Secret Service asked Dr. Maurizio Miglietta to develop a kit its protective agents could carry to help them treat wounds, he created a compact bag of items he'd want on hand to treat injuries in an emergency. Now he's made the extremely portable vacuum-packed pouch available to law enforcement officers.

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Brothers in Arms

Now, like most of the public, I had been led to believe that firefighters and cops hold each other in contempt. But I remember very vividly attending a firefighter's funeral. When we drove away from the service on our way to the cemetery, the streets were lined with firefighters saluting their brother in arms. And there were cops on those sidewalks, too. Also offering a salute to a fellow public servant and first responder.

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The Search

Not long ago a good friend of mine was killed in an accident. He had gone to the academy with me, been my roommate, and later worked the beat next to mine for two years. We had the bond of on and off-duty friendship and adventures. In thinking of Sam I remembered the scariest building search I ever did.

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Reno (Nev.) PD's Motel Interdiction Team

Reno (Nev.) PD's Motel Interdiction Team

The Star of Reno shines no more. Luck ran out a long time ago for those who lodge at the Roulette Motel. And you'll find more grim than glamour at the Monte Carlo. Welcome to downtown Reno, Nev.

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The "Good Faith" Doctrine

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that "Because many situations which confront officers in the course of executing their duties are more or less ambiguous, room must be allowed for some mistakes on their part. But the mistakes must be those of reasonable men, acting on facts leading sensibly to their conclusions of probability." (Brinegar v. U.S.)