September 2018

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Exclusive Police Survey: Body Cameras

Body cameras have become so important in contemporary law enforcement in a very short time that of the readers who responded that they are using them, 81% said they were required to use them by their agency. That puts these devices in the same category as uniforms and radios and duty guns.

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Making Superheroes

Comic book costume players interact with the public at last year's Superhero September event....

Phoenix Crimes Against Children detective Sean Reavie created the charitable effort Superhero September to provide toys and apparel as well as other comforts for the children his detective unit is tasked with protecting.

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Off-Duty Safety Tips

It's no secret that groups like Antifa and Anonymous are simpatico, and when you add BLM activists to the mix, you have a troika of anti-police groups that is not to be underestimated. Consequently, officers must maintain vigilant watch for threats while off duty.

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The New Classic

5.11's Flex-Tac Poly/Wool Class A uniform has a classic look but uses advanced technology....

5.11 Tactical's new Flex-Tac Poly/Wool Class A uniform is made with Australian Merino wool and mechanical stretch for great comfort, fit, and easy maintenance with a polished appearance.

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How to Protect Against Fentanyl Exposure

When searching vehicles, always wear proper gloves to protect yourself from fentanyl exposure....

It's important to know what to look for if you suspect contact with fentanyl. Symptoms of opioid overdose include very small "pinpoint" pupils, slow heartbeat or low blood pressure, and being unresponsive.

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2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit

The 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit features  a new front end design that helps cool the brakes...

One big change between the 2018 Durango Pursuit and the 2019 models is that buyers now have a choice of engines. The 2018 was released with one engine, the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI. The 2019 is available with the HEMI or with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

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Tech on the Go

Law enforcement agencies are deploying mobile devices to ensure that officers are equipped with...

Using a combination of mobile hardware and law enforcement software, along with newer resources like FirstNet, officers can do their jobs safely and more efficiently.

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The Old Guy League

Veteran LEOs tend to wear Hawaiian shirts or sometimes bowling shirts. (Photo: Getty Images)

This old guy league is a collection of distinguished and often colorful characters; take time to get to know a few. It is very important for the older generations to pass on the institutional knowledge and share the hard lessons learned for this profession to progress.

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The Patrol Athlete

Training needs to prepare you for the infrequent but high-danger stresses of patrol, as well as...

If you work patrol, you'll benefit from an exercise regimen focused on functional strength training specific to your daily duties.

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The Future of Police Radio

Many public safety officials still rely on LMR networks for mission critical voice...

Why is LMR still front and center, with broadband LTE just around the corner? A number of factors help to explain it. Some have to do with the nature of police operations, while others reflect realities around such issues as cost and infrastructure.

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Surviving as a Hostage

Someone planning to abduct you will follow you to gather information that will aid in your...

As police officers (and especially if you work corrections) in the United States or Canada, you have to ask this question: What would you do if you were taken hostage?

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Eyes in the Sky

The bad guys are exploiting piloted aerial video for criminal purposes at an unrestricted pace, undeterred by laws, costs, or public perception. Law enforcement must put on its cape with the big "S" and prevail in this video star wars.

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The Challenge of Cryptocurrencies

Bitcoins, although called "coins," are not objects, merely lines of encrypted data. (Photo:...

A decade ago cryptocurrencies were nothing more than curiosities for computer geeks. Now they are going legitimate, but despite all of the moves toward legitimacy, cryptocurrencies remain the favored money for criminal activity online.

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Lessons Learned

Dave Smith (Image: Sequoia Blankenship)

First and foremost, the recordings reveal that force is ugly. It is not the "one punch, hero wins, bad guy goes down," movie action the public has been conditioned to expect.