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Coronavirus, Infectious Disease, and Officer Safety

The Coronavirus is presently not a substantial threat to American law enforcement but its emergence into the national narrative provides an opportunity to remember that other threats pose a significant danger, and to recall that some simple steps can prevent succumbing to infectious disease.

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Pennsylvania Officer Protects Paramedics from Approaching Armed Man

An officer with the Kingston (PA) Police Department fired a single shot at a man who appeared to be armed with a gun and was approaching paramedics who had responded to a call of a medical emergency on Thursday morning.

Looking Back: Barack Obama, AEDs, and AIDS

In past January issues, POLICE covered law enforcement officers’ fears as a Democrat was entering the White House, tools for rendering aid to heart attack victims, and tips for communicable disease protection.

Police Surgeon Talks About TacMed and Handgun Ammo Performance

Dr. Sydney Vail rolls out with a SWAT team, trains law enforcement officers in hemorrhage response, and operates on wounded officers as a gunshot wound specialist.

Response to Psycho-Medical Emergencies

Psycho-medical emergencies are serious, life threatening events that can rapidly degrade to sudden in-custody death incidents if not handled properly.

Va. Detective Dies of Heart Attack

Detective LaMonte Tucker, 45, was a 16-year veteran assigned to the Youth and Family Crimes Unit. He had received numerous awards in his police career.

Video: N.M. Police Under Fire for Diabetic Arrest

Santa Fe County (N.M.) Sheriff Robert Garcia has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of a woman at a traffic stop who was having a diabetic attack.

Synthetic 'N-bomb' Drug Raises Concern in Arizona

A drug marketed as an alternative to LSD or mescaline could be among the most powerful and potentially deadly of the synthetic drugs that have inundated the market in recent years, police and physicians believe.

Ga. Chief Collapses at Domestic Call

A south Georgia police chief suffered a fatal heart attack, after responding to a domestic call on Tuesday. Barwick Police Chief Anthony Barfield Sr., 47, had difficulty breathing while on duty.

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Missouri Deputy Ambushed During Medical Call

Washington County (Mo.) Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Parsons, 31, was shot by the son of an intoxicated woman, as paramedics loaded her into an ambulance at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

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