Too many officers try to handcuff a suspect while he or she is still fighting. Before you can handcuff a suspect, you must obtain control. Here are three techniques for when you're on your own (rear leg sweep), with a partner (rear takedown), or with a group of three or more officers (the swarm). Read our feature, "Closing the Gap," for the full story. Photos by Amaury Murgado.
July 10, 2013
Law enforcement officers have plenty of less-lethal options to avoid a deadly force encounter, including light, chemical agents, conducted electrical weapons, projectile weapons, and launchable pepper projectiles. Read more in our March feature "Less-Lethal Weapon Options" and make sure to train with your mutual-aid agencies. Photos by Mark W. Clark and Amaury Murgado.
March 5, 2013
Cleveland Police officers believed two suspects were armed and had fired at officers during a deadly shooting at the end of a 20-minute pursuit on Nov. 29. On Tuesday, the Ohio Attorney General released its investigation of the officer-involved shooting involving 13 officers who fired 137 rounds at two suspects, who died at the scene. The shooting has sparked a firestorm within the community and agency. Read our full coverage here.
February 6, 2013
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.
September 9, 2010
Each year, the Michigan State Police driving unit evaluates law enforcement vehicles from the new model year. The unit evaluates patrol cars, SUVs and motorcycles using a series of tests that test each vehicle's performance, ergonomics and mechanic-friendly qualities. The results are tallied and included in a report that's used by police fleet managers to aid in the decision to purchase patrol vehicles.
March 31, 2010
A Texas Chrysler dealer is offering a powerhouse law enforcement version of the re-introduced Dodge Challenger muscle car that can reach 165 mph. The vehicle is available with a variety of custom options and is currently being used by several Texas agencies as a highway car for drug interdiction duty in solid black. We've blogged about the Challenger. Now, take a more in-depth tour with this gallery. Photos courtesy of Group 1 Automotive.
December 11, 2009
Good photographs documenting physical injuries start even before the camera is out of the bag, because you need to have the proper mindset. These photos aren't just for police departments. They'll be viewed by the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and, most importantly, the jury will scrutinize your work. Good composition, proper exposure and attention to detail speak volumes about your skill and dedication. Sloppy, out-of-focus images give the impression of incompetence.
October 29, 2009