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Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

There were far too many products on display at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas to adequately capture it all, but as I zoom along at 300 miles per hour about 34,000 feet above sea level en route home, here are some of the things that immediately spring to mind as having a lasting impression on me.

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Apple vs. the DOJ (Redux): Balancing Privacy and Security

Apple vs. the DOJ (Redux): Balancing Privacy and Security

Like forensic, physical, testimonial, or any other form of evidence, digital evidence should not stand alone as the sole pillar of a prosecutor's case. But it is absolutely reasonable to have digital evidence included when it's relevant, and that is only possible when investigators gain the type of access Attorney General Barr and his Department of Justice is looking for in the case of the terror attack on NAS Pensacola.

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2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

Here are some thoughts for 2020 to continue to reduce line-of-duty deaths and reverse what appears to be a significant spike in police officer death by suicide.

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Naughty and Nice: Policing During the Winter Holidays

Naughty and Nice: Policing During the Winter Holidays

The holidays offer myriad opportunities for officers to interact with the public in a positive and inspirational way. However, the season also holds the same perils officers face during the rest of the year—and potentially some heightened dangers due to holiday revelry and winter weather. Here's a quick recap of some of the things to watch out for.

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7 More Tips for Off-Duty Officer Safety

Several recent events served as a reminder that off-duty officers risk coming under attack, as well as coming into contact with crimes in progress while not in uniform. Here are seven thoughts on staying safe when you're not on the job.