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A member of the Israeli Special Police Force uses cover from an armored rescue vehicle to...
San Francisco Sheriff's Department deputies receive a video briefing, prior to attempting... Members of the Livermore (Calif.) PD and Pleasanton (Calif.) PD also participated in Exercises...
Officers from the Livermore (Calif.) PD and Pleasanton (Calif.) PD approach a research facility... Officers from Redwood City (Calif.) PD must identify IEDs and communicate their location to the...

Urban Shield Tests Police Responders

Twenty nine tactical teams, including three international, participated in Urban Shield 2010, the nation's largest first-responder training hosted by the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office. Organizers roll out scenario-based exercises at a variety of venues that teams must respond to during a 48-hour period. With each exercise, the teams must manage and respond to an ongoing critical incident. The exercises "provide opportunities to enhance response efforts and identify training needs in a simulated environment," according to organizers. Photos courtesy of Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Matt Martin of the Fauquier County (Va.) Sheriff's Office met actor Robert Duvall during...
Officer David Jacober of the Pueblo (Colo.) PD met former lightweight boxing champ Ray...
Lt. Chuck Haggard, of the Topeka (Kan.) PD met President Bill Clinton, when his department's...

Officer Brushes With Greatness

We asked you to send us a photo of you in uniform with a recognizeable person for a "brush with greatness" photo gallery. After receiving all your submissions, we've assembled them into this gallery, so enjoy paging through to see the familiar faces posing with law officers whose work has led them into contact with actors, politicians and other celebrities. Thanks for all your submissions!

Sgt. Tracy Jones is a veteran cop with 15 years on the job and "remains cool, confident and...
On the streets, Sgt. Tracy Jones is as tough as they come, but when her shift ends, the stern...
Senior Corporal Melissa Person is a Dallas native and nine-year veteran of the department. She...

Police Women of Dallas

TLC's "Police Women" police reality series features five female officers of the Dallas Police Department in its fourth jurisdiction following earlier shows in Broward County, Fla., Maricopa County, Ariz., and Memphis, Tenn. The "Police Women of Dallas" debuts Oct. 28. Photos courtesy of TLC.

The federal Bureau of Land Management posts warning signs for tourists who would venture into...
To combat smuggling, deputies with the Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office lead a regional...
A Pinal County deputy gears up to enter the Vekol Valley. Deputies must arm themselves with...

How Cartels Smuggle Narcotics Into Arizona

Earlier this year, a regional SWAT team led by deputies with the Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office took POLICE Magazine into the Vekol Valley in the Arizona desert to show one way smugglers bring narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border. Smugglers often use illegal immigrants as drug mules to carry 25-pound marijuana bundles using makeshift "backpacks" of rope and cut strips of Mexican blankets to lessen discomfort. Listen to our podcast, "Tracking Smugglers in Southern Arizona," with Pinal County Sheriff's Sgt. Matt Thomas. Photos by Paul Clinton.

LaserMax has long been known for its great guide rod replacement laser systems and this year it...
American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) recently ventured into white light weapons...
Crimson Trace Laser Grips introduced the MVF 515 Green integrated laser and white light...

Lights and Lasers: 2010

Green lasers are the rage this year in weapon-mounted lights. Why? If you were to set a green laser and a red laser side by side in a dark room, you'd hardly notice the difference. The green systems really shine in daylight or moderately bright environments. Our eyes see images in a defined spectrum from near infrared to near ultraviolet. Red is at the far edge of the spectrum close to infrared. But green is right smack dab in the middle of that spectrum, which is the most efficient frequency for the human eye. Read "Lights and Lasers: It's Easy Being Green."

Properly gripping a firearm is much more important to law enforcement officers than "trigger...
A semi-auto pistol uses the energy from the round that was just fired to blow back the...
Get as much "meat" on the firearm as possible for control, epecially during rapid, multiple...

How to Grip Your Gun

Having a firm grip on your semi-automatic handgun is key for several reasons, the most important of which is to avoid what's commonly called "limp wristing" the gun. When a shooter has a weak or loose grip on the gun, it usually results in the firearm not cycling properly, causing the gun to jam. A firm grip will also help you on assignments, where you need to fire from a marine platform. Read "Perfecting Your Handgun Grip" for more. Photos courtesy of Michael Rayburn.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confiscated this fake California Identification Card...
Gang members have been known to bribe Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) workers to obtain...
A close-up view of the hologram used by California to deter counterfeiting of its state driver's...

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...

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.