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Ohio Chief Bans Load-Bearing Vests for Officers

Ohio Chief Bans Load-Bearing Vests for Officers

The chief of police for the Toledo Police Department has banned officers from wearing load-bearing vests that have been credited by many with relieving back pain associated with wearing duty belts that carry an officer's duty gear.

February 11, 2020

Make Your Training Real

Make Your Training Real

If your defensive tactics training doesn't reproduce the conditions you will face on the street, then you are training to fail.

August 7, 2017

How to Buy a Duty Holster

How to Buy a Duty Holster

Your duty holster is one of the most important articles of safety equipment you'll ever take into the field — just as important as your firearm, cruiser, flashlight, or handcuffs.

January 28, 2016

What to Look for When Buying a Holster

What to Look for When Buying a Holster

There are two requirements for every holster. Number one, a holster needs to keep a pistol secure when it is not needed. Number two, a holster has to let the wearer get to his or her weapon fast when it is needed.

July 3, 2013

Stretching Your Budget In a Recession

Stretching Your Budget In a Recession

Law enforcement agencies with budgets strained by the current recession need a strategy for maximizing their purchasing power and stretching every dime. The following is a look at some ways that the average law enforcement agency can stretch its budget.

August 7, 2012

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.

November 1, 2004

Improvised Weapons

Improvised Weapons

It's time to think outside the box-way outside the box.

October 1, 2003

On the Cutting Edge

On the Cutting Edge

No department would dare let said officer hit the street without training and instruction in policies governing the use of a pistol. Many PDs even have policies regarding the use of flashlights. But in most departments an edged weapon/cutting tool clipped to the pocket of the officer's duty pants flies under the radar.

October 1, 2002

Squeak, Rattle, and Beep

Squeak, Rattle, and Beep

As any officer who has ever worked the midnight shift knows, sound travels and night. We all tend to laugh at suspects who give away their hidden positions by making some little noise, yet we are bigger culprits than they are when it comes to announcing our presence to the world.

February 1, 2001

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