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Killing Urban Shield

Last month activists and politicians in Northern California pulled the plug on America's best scenario-based SWAT training exercise.

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How To Start a Tactical Medicine Program

Tactically trained on-scene medical support personnel can greatly reduce operational risks.

Florida Department Raising Funds to Add K-9 Unit

The agency says that with financial support, the agency will pay for a new K-9, its training, veterinary care, food, and other supplies needed to maintain a K-9 unit.

California K-9 Killed, Handler Shot in Gunfight

An officer with the Tulare (CA) Police Department was wounded and his new K-9 partner killed in a gunfight over the weekend.

Training the Bomb Hunters

Person-Borne Explosives Detection Dogs can detect explosives being carried on the body of a moving person.

Canines Bring Comfort to Victims

The goal whenever a comfort dog is used during a crisis is to "calm people down then push them off to the resources they need. We also do a lot of work with first responders, especially in debriefings."

Oklahoma Trauma Surgeon Volunteers for Department's Special Operations Team

The Tulsa Police Department's Special Operations Team has a very special member of the squad—a trauma surgeon.

Coast Guard Joins Local Alabama First Responders for Marine Training

Seven boats manned by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office (SCCSO), Pell City Police Department (PCPD), Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and the New London Fire Department recently conducted training exercises on an Alabama lake.

The Evolution of SWAT Operator Selection

The SWAT candidate assessment process at a South Carolina agency shows how tactical teams are looking for more than just extreme athletes and great shots.

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I810 Rapid Rescue Extreme Surface Dry Suit

Stearns Flotation's I810 Rapid Rescue Extreme Surface Dry Suit is built for extended wear, with breathable fabric and padded elbows and knees for optimum comfort.