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First Responder Broadband and the Year from Hell

Dedicated emergency cellular networks have helped law enforcement officers and agencies communicate during the many crises of 2020.

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The Year from Hell

We’ve never seen anything like 2020, and let’s hope and pray we never see it again.

Michigan Sheriff Plans to Use Armored Vehicle Acquired from DOD 1033 Program to Rescue Flood Victims

The Bay County (MI) Sheriff’s Office is standing at ready to deploy a 39,000-pound military-grade vehicle if needed to rescue people affected by flooding after the failure of Edenville Dam and breach of Sanford Dam, both in neighboring Midland County, the sheriff said.

Georgia Officer Shielded Her Children with Her Body as Tornado Destroyed Her Home

Officer Emily Blackmon told Fox 5 that as the storm closed in on her home, she was listening to the radio when and heard her street mentioned. That's when she and her children jumped in the bathtub.

Mississippi Deputy and Wife Killed in Storm

The Lawrence County Coroner said that Deputy Robert Ainsworth and his wife Paula were killed in their home.

Looking Back: Less-Lethal, Qualification Courses, and Earthquakes

In past March issues, POLICE has covered less-lethal solutions, firearms training, and response to the 1989 San Francisco Bay Area earthquake. Here's a look at the pages of POLICE 10, 20, and 30 years ago.

California Park Ranger Dies of Heart Attack After Wildfire Patrol

An officer with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks suffered a fatal heart attack after a 14-hour shift of patrolling parks and remote areas in the evacuation zone where wildfire had just destroyed more than 20 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations of 100,000 residents.

Hawaii Police Training Leads to Errant Activation of Tsunami Alarms

A police training exercise led to the Tsunami sirens activating on the islands of Oahu and Maui, sparking a brief panic among residents.

Alabama Officer Honored for Saving Woman's Life from Floodwaters

An officer with the Hartselle Police Department was given the medal of valor for her actions in July that resulted in a woman's life being saved from deadly floodwaters.

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Come Hell or High Water: Policing in Natural Disasters

Policing in an area where a natural disaster is actively unfolding presents some unique challenges. Let's examine some of them so that when tragedy strikes in your jurisdiction—whether that's a hurricane, a tornado, a flash flood, a blizzard, an earthquake, a volcano, a wildfire, or something else—you've got a handle on what you've got to handle.