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10 Tips for Starting a Drone as First Responder Program
Sgt. Dustin Bruzee, UAS/DFR supervisor at the Chula Vista Police Department, shares tips that can help any department that plans to start a Drone as First Responder Program.
Best Practices for Training with Simulators
Simulators are no longer just firearms practice for officers. The provided courses can teach duty to intervene, de-escalation, dealing with mental health calls, even facing infectious diseases, or interacting with individuals on the autism spectrum.
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Point of Law: What the Kobe Bryant Trial Means for Police
“I live in fear every day of being on social media and these (photos) popping up,” Vanessa Bryant testified. “I live in fear of my daughters being on social media and these popping up.”
5 Tips for Investigators Using Cellphones as Evidence
"Modern phones increasingly can store a lot of information related to how a person lives, their pattern of life, places they go, people that they communicate with, things they buy, plans they make, pictures they take,” says Caroline Torie. “This information is so valuable in just piecing together what led up to a crime and it could give insight into the motive."
Using the OODA Loop as a Hindsight Analytical Tool
Officers will tell you “what” happened, as they should, simply based on the fact that you asked. But in my experience the more important question is, “Why did this happen?”
5 Things to Know When Buying Ballistic Helmets
Scott Wyatt, president of Busch Protective USA, says an injury to law enforcement officers will more likely come from someone striking them in the head with a bat, or throwing a brick, or having something fall and hit them in the head during an operation. Europeans introduced blunt trauma testing of helmets back in 2009.
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5 Things to Know When Buying Custom Patches
“Misidentification or lack of identification can cause big issues,” says David Curran, manager of agency sales for CopQuest. “So, whether we have multiple agencies working together or you're doing a covert undercover assignment, being able to identify yourself as law enforcement will help the general public see who you are."
What Patrol Officers Should Know About Gang Activity
Richard Valdemar says every officer, especially patrol officers, should keep a notebook. With every contact on the street, ask questions and make notes of the answers given. That allows the officer to, in a sense, create a database of gang activity in the community.
5 Things to Know When Buying Ballistic Shields
Dale Taylor, CEO of Blueridge Armor, estimates about 60% of the shields out there offer protection against handgun rounds while only about 40% are rifle rated. True cost is a factor, with the rifle-rated shields costing more, but weight also comes into play.
5 Things to Know When Buying Patrol Vehicles
“Over the last 20 years, some agencies may have been a little bit cautious about adopting hybrids and electric vehicles. Now we're seeing that there's a lot more willingness to take a look at these things and start adding them to the portfolio,” says Lindsey Bertino.
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Factors to Consider Before Using Force to Effect an Arrest
Legally, any use of force by law enforcement must be objectively reasonable, but we should also consider whether it is necessary.
5 Things to Know Before Buying Intelligent Weapons Lockers
“We’re seeing the need across law enforcement for securing, managing, and auditing any piece of equipment. Whether it's a radio, whether it's a firearm, whether it's a vehicle, there is a need to drive accountability over that piece of equipment,” says Craig Newell, vice president of sales and development at Traka.
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