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Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

There were far too many products on display at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas to adequately capture it all, but as I zoom along at 300 miles per hour about 34,000 feet above sea level en route home, here are some of the things that immediately spring to mind as having a lasting impression on me.

January 24, 2020

SHOT Show 2018 Part 2

SHOT Show 2018 Part 2

Here’s a quick look at some of the coolest police products I saw walking the literally miles of exhibits at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.

January 29, 2018

ALS To Open Tactical Training Center

ALS To Open Tactical Training Center

AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems (ALS) is on track to open a tactical training center this summer in Perry, Fla., to offer less-lethal training to law enforcement, corrections, and military personnel.

March 28, 2013

Alaska's Village Public Safety Officers

Alaska's Village Public Safety Officers

To help keep the peace in Alaska's tiny indigenous villages, the state deputizes rural peace officers known as village public safety officers, or VPSOs.

March 21, 2013

Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies

Cross-Train Less-Lethal Weapons with Mutual-Aid Agencies

Whenever you arrive for mutual aid, you're the visiting team. Everyone has different ground rules. Another department arriving on mutual aid may have a more stringent or lackadaisical policy. Compare their policy for deployment to yours.

March 5, 2013

UC Davis Pepper-Spraying Incident: After-Action Report

UC Davis Pepper-Spraying Incident: After-Action Report

The independent committee reviewing the pepper spraying of protesters at UC Davis in November issued its after-action report that cited numerous lapses and errors by campus administrators and officers, concluding the incident "should and could have been prevented."

April 11, 2012

TASER: Separating Fact from Fantasy

Groups such as the ACLU, Amnesty International, media outlets and others typically attack TASERs with pseudo-symmetry, ignoring perspective, pseudo-science, and fallacies, says Sid Heal, a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department commander.

July 29, 2011

TASERs Can Prevent Another Rodney King Incident

TASERs Can Prevent Another Rodney King Incident

Back on March 3, 1991, when LAPD officer confronted the then very large and resistive Rodney King, one of the first tools they tried to use on him was a TASER. They shot him twice with it. To very little effect. And things went downhill and got out of control.

March 4, 2011

The Hazards of Flash-Bangs

The death of a veteran North Carolina SWAT officer from a flash-bag device is surprising. However, it should be pointed out that the devices pack a punch — heat exceeding 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, a blast reaching 175 decibels and a flash of 1 million Candle-power.

February 28, 2011

BART Verdict: Consider a Weak-Hand TASER Draw

BART Verdict: Consider a Weak-Hand TASER Draw

It is essential that trainers put officers through their paces with training that is dynamic, stress-inducing, and requires officers to make force-options decisions that truly test the officer's ability to be ready for stressful encounters on the street.

July 9, 2010

Where the Job Is Better Nowadays

Where the Job Is Better Nowadays

Once upon a time you had to use your radio to run subjects for wants and warrants. Now, you can run as many subjects as you want. As if that wasn't enough, license plate recognition systems can alert you for warrants.

December 15, 2009

Dog Days of Summer (Part 3): Less-Lethal vs. Vicious Dogs

Without formal training, police must rely on their preservation instinct and use whatever force is deemed necessary against attacking dogs. While lethal force is acceptable, it's a last resort. There's a less-lethal alternative that's proven effective, one I've personally employed countless times and highly recommend.

September 10, 2009

Defensive Position

Does the training provided in the academy adequately prepare officers for the defensive tactics often needed in the street? Detective Erica Ortiz answers.

July 13, 2009

A Shocking Proposition

A categorical claim that the availability of TASERs in the field mitigates the need for a backup officer is not only grossly irresponsible, but a prescription for disaster.

June 6, 2008

Conducting Safe, Effective TASER Training

Law enforcement trainers are constantly striving for more realistic training, because they know that the more real it is, the more officers will learn and retain. In the use of force arena, most training can be placed along a continuum, ranging from absolute safety on one end to absolute reality on the other.

July 5, 2007

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