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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...
An often-forged document has been the Resident Alien Card issued by the U.S. Department of... Social Security fraud is rampant. Once "blanks" are obtained, sophisticated printers and...

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.

A palm strike can deliver significant force, yet it is unlikely to break your hand. Start with...
Keep the thumb and fingers of the striking hand held tightly together to prevent the thumb from...
Deliver the palm strike from the shoulder with a straight extension of your arm, hitting the...

Four Safer Strikes

There are arguments for and against law enforcement officers using closed-hand punches. It can be better to avoid hitting a suspect with your bare knuckles so you don't injure your hands so you can't pull a trigger, hold a baton or continue striking with a broken hand. Here are four safer strikes—palm strike, bottom fist strike, knee strike and elbow strike—when dealing with a violent suspect. Our related article, "Safer Strikes," explains how to avoid bloodborne pathogens.

Deputy Sgt. Yvonne Shull collected one patch from each sheriff's agency in the county with the...
Not suprisingly, Sgt. Shull's first patch in the collection was from her own agency in California.
In states such as Colorado, sheriff's departments don't follow uniformity of design. Badge and...

National Sheriffs' Patch Collection

View our photos of the highlights of a collection of patches from sheriffs' departments across the country that was on display at the National Sheriffs' Association Conference in June. Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff Department's Deputy Sgt. Yvonne Shull spent 13 years collecting a patch from each of the nation's more than 3,200 sheriffs' agencies. Alaska is the only state not represented, because there are no sheriffs' agencies there. Shull's parents helped assemble sewn panels of rows of patches that covered the front and back of a 185-foot display. Click "View the Gallery" to see the individual patches.

Home invasions often don't involve traditional victims, since they are mostly armed robberies by...
In this Tucson PD case, a 911 caller reported hearing a shot, seeing a man laying in the front...
One gunshot victim showed up at a nearby hospital in Tucson for treatment with both legs nearly...

Tucson Home Invasions: The Missing Man

In the south Arizona drug trade, armed home invasions usually differ from other robberies because police don't have a traditional victim or witnesses. They can be dynamic, armed confrontations in the middle of the night between drug crews looking to heist drugs and money. View crime scene photos from one case, in which the Tucson PD's home invasion special investigative unit arrived to find a blood-stained driveway, spray of rifle rounds embedded in doors and walls, as well as a pair of ostrich boots. Photos courtesy of Tucson PD.

5.11 Tactical's XPRT has a simple 3.75-inch clip point blade with a recurve edge that provides a...
Benchmade's H&K Pika II uses 9Cr13CoMoV, which makes this 3.5-inch blade very corrosion...
BlackHawk's CQD MKI Type E offers tough features such as its blade, locking mechanism, PVD...

Knives & Tools: 2010

Knives and pocket tools are an invaluable asset for a patrol officer and have become as much a part of the duty uniform as body armor. Here's our look at 10 current offerings for 2010 from today's best-known suppliers.

With "Project Deliverance," which was led by the DEA, agents seized $945,685 in drug proceeds,...
Federal narcotics projects usually involve the coordination of multiple agencies and operations....
Drug traffickers bring large quantities of drugs into the U.S. and deliver it to major urban...

Narcotic Transporter Bust

With "Project Deliverance," federal agencies cooperating with local LE officers arrested more than 2,000 narcotics transporters and Mexican cartel associates in mid-June. The multi-jurisdictional operation also led to the seizure of $154 million and 74.1 tons of drugs, as well as the arrest of a high-priority target. These photos, which are courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), show some of the evidence seized in the drug trafficking operation.

Memphis is the setting for the third installment of TLC's "Police Women" series. The four...
The female Memphis police officers featured on the show are (from left to right) Virginia...
Officer Virginia Awkward, according to TLC, "understands the impoverished neighborhood she...

Police Women of Memphis

In the third installment of their "Police Women" reality series, TLC heads to Memphis to follow four officers with the Memphis PD. During 12 episodes that began May 27, officers Aubrey Olson, Arica Logan, Joy Jefferson and Virginia Awkward patrol Memphis streets. Photos courtesy of TLC.