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Responding vs. Reacting

Responding vs. Reacting

Reacting is guided primarily by emotion and responding is influenced by logic. In this context, it's not hard to see which one of the two is more beneficial to law enforcement officers.

October 7, 2014

Police Product Test: Lyman Turbo Sonic 2500 Ultrasonic Cleaner
Cyber Terrorism: Preventing Online Assault

Cyber Terrorism: Preventing Online Assault

Hackers constantly target law enforcement. Whatever the intent, with our dependence on technology it's more important than ever that police agencies protect themselves against cyber terrorist attacks.

September 19, 2014

Police Product Test: Plinker Arms .22LR Upper Conversion Kit

Police Product Test: Plinker Arms .22LR Upper Conversion Kit

Plinker Arms has recently released a line of complete AR-15 upper receiver kits that convert your 5.56mm to a .22LR. They sent me the short-barreled rifle version with a 12.5-inch barrel, free-float handguards, and threaded flash suppressor.

August 31, 2014

Why You Should Double Check for Accuracy

Why You Should Double Check for Accuracy

Although law enforcement officers are given considerable leeway for reasonable mistakes, you don't get much slack for unreasonable mistakes that result from hasty reactions to bad information that comes from your own official sources.

August 8, 2014

How to Use a Pole Camera to Clear an Attic

How to Use a Pole Camera to Clear an Attic

Known as perhaps the most dangerous "fatal funnel" in police work, police officers clearing attic spaces are placed at a significant tactical disadvantage in which they are extremely vulnerable to attack. Tactical pole cameras are recommended technology for officers to reduce their risks when clearing attics, basements, or crawlspaces.

July 25, 2014

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest

Just when it looks like a rule is finally refined to the point of general understanding, the Supreme Court takes an unexpected turn, as it recently did on the subject of searching an arrestee's cell phone incident to his arrest.

July 11, 2014

Police Product Test: 425 Inc. Guardian Angel LED Light

Police Product Test: 425 Inc. Guardian Angel LED Light

The Guardian Angel is a slim-profile, personal LED light system, designed to be mounted to virtually anything thanks to the variety of accessory mounts. It is rechargeable, very durable, and available in a variety of colors and light patterns.

June 30, 2014

Radios: Your Lifeline is Evolving

Radios: Your Lifeline is Evolving

Officers have come to rely on both their in-car and portable radios for critical intelligenc. Here's a look at some trends in police communications today and some evolving technologies that will radically change them in the near future.

June 22, 2014

5.11 Tactical: Rethinking the Duty Belt

5.11 Tactical: Rethinking the Duty Belt

Development of 5.11 Tactical's new Sierra Bravo Duty Belt was spurred by a request from an overseas law enforcement agency for a nylon duty belt that was lighter than comparable models and innovative.

June 13, 2014

Drawing from Non-Duty Holsters

Drawing from Non-Duty Holsters

In law enforcement training we tend to focus only on how to draw a full-size service pistol from a duty holster. Let's look at some preferred techniques for drawing from a variety of concealed carry, off-duty, and special operation holsters.

June 10, 2014

Shots Fired: Mt. Orab, Ohio 01/03/2010
Whistleblowers Sounding the Alarm

Whistleblowers Sounding the Alarm

Regardless of how they are viewed, whistleblowers' capacity to effect change within their agencies often eclipses that of those with more formally acknowledged power.

April 25, 2014

Oakley's PRIZM Shooting Lenses

Oakley's PRIZM Shooting Lenses

Performance eyewear manufacturer Oakley has long been known for consulting with its customers and potential customers before developing a new product line. The development process for the company's new PRIZM lenses is not an exception.

April 12, 2014

Taking Down Tsarnaev

Taking Down Tsarnaev

Last April 19, Revere, Mass., Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli was leading the North Metro SWAT team as it participated in a massive manhunt. Units from federal, state, and local agencies—including North Metro SWAT—were literally going street to street and even building to building searching for the surviving Boston Marathon bomber.

April 3, 2014