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After the Fall

After the Fall

Anyone wonder what happens to a police officer "after" he or she is killed in the line duty? Unfortunately, I had the sad opportunity and yet the privilege to find out firsthand. Several days ago, 27-year-old Glendale (Ariz.) Police Officer Brad Jones was shot in the line of duty by a suspect who isn't worth the dirt we walk on.

November 3, 2011

Affected Co-Workers Retreat Helps Officers Cope with LODDs

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) offered its first hands-on retreat for co-workers affected by a line-of-duty death in early October, and structured the event to specifically to make it possible for law enforcement officers and staff to talk through their experiences.

July 20, 2011

An Unsung Lifesaver

An Unsung Lifesaver

Upon hearing of the circumstances surrounding his friend's death, Houze decided to do everything he could to ensure that his friend's death would not be in vain.

June 24, 2011

Friendly Fire: A Devastating LODD

He responded "as is" in his gym shorts. Yet there was absolutely no question in anyone's mind that he was "SWAT." That's because he had the presence of mind to don his tactical vest and helmet, which made him instantly recognizable as SWAT.

April 26, 2011

Tales of Three SWAT Tragedies

While the official investigations are still ongoing, enough has already been reported to provide glimpses into what and how these tragedies might have occurred.

April 12, 2011

Is Law Enforcement Entering a Deadly New Era?

The spike in duty deaths has occurred despite the many advancements in police training, equipment (particularly protective armor), and emergency medical trauma care. What does appear to be occurring is more and more criminals are showing an increasing willingness to engage police in armed confrontations.

April 1, 2011

Blood Brothers: Roots of a Cartel War

Blood Brothers: Roots of a Cartel War

Like the evolution of the Italian Mafia in U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago, Mexican smugglers or "contrabandistas" evolved from crude thuggish beginnings to more criminally sophisticated organized crime groups.

December 29, 2010

LEO Deaths Take No Holiday

All police, military and firefighters willingly understand and accept the duty, challenge, sacrifice, risk of their noble professions. We know full well the ever-present dangers that lurk in the shadows — dangers that include the possibility of serious injury or death.

December 17, 2010