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Surviving as a Hostage

As police officers (and especially if you work corrections) in the United States or Canada, you have to ask this question: What would you do if you were taken hostage?

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How Intelligence-Led Policing Makes Communities Safer

ILP’s core philosophy: humanizing police, as well as the citizens they protect, is the most effective form of crime prevention.

XCAT Handheld Detector

The XCAT Explosives, Narcotics, and GSR Detection System can now detect TATP and HMTD in addition to Nitrates, Nitramines, and Nitroaromatics.

Enhancing Judicial Security

A proprietary, Web-based database known as SAMS (Suspicious Activity Monitoring System) is another integral part of the program. SAMS has been created to collect and house suspicious activity, reportable incidents, and other notable events. 

Survey Results Suggest Limited Budgets Slow Law Enforcement's Adoption of Crime-Fighting Software

When Wynyard asked nearly 300 police chiefs, federal investigators, analysts, and other high-ranking law enforcement officials if they were using crime-fighting software, only 35 percent said yes; of those departments that were using crime-fighting software, 63 percent were using it to fight drug-related crimes. In the departments that were not using crime-fighting software, 70 percent said they would use it to fight drug crimes if they had it.

NYPD Testing Google Glass for Intel Unit Operations

The New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys.

U.S. Citizen Gets 35 Years for Aiding Mumbai Attack

David Coleman Headley helped 10 gunman operating on behalf of a Pakistani militant group in the assault of a crowded train station, a Jewish center, and the landmark Taj Mahal Hotel on Nov. 26, 2008.

Social Media Analytics in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies and first responders would do well to acclimate themselves to social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media sites. Such capabilities can provide crucial information during civil unrest, natural disasters, and other disturbances.

Gathering Intel for Dynamic Entries (2 of 2)

With this SWAT blog, we're answering a question proposed in the July 26 blog, "Gathering Intel for Dynamic Entries (1 of 2)." A few of you told us how you would handle the scenario proposed.

Gathering Intel for Dynamic Entries (1 of 2)

A SWAT team's raid of a home in Evansville, Ind., raised many questions, especially after officers encountered a grandmother and 18-year-old watching TV. Here's a similar scenario for you to resolve. Read it and respond with a comment about what you would do.