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Categories: Patrol, Training & Careers
Is Contact and Cover Dead?

So what happened? Why does Contact and Cover seem to have faded into obscurity?
Categories: Weapons
Hornady TAP SBR: Made For Each Other

Since most of the problems with firing a standard AR round from an SBR are caused by inefficient powder burn, the propellant formulation was a key focus...
Categories: Patrol, Special Units

Members of street gangs and drug dealers are unlikely to redress their grievances through the criminal justice system. If their territory is invaded or...
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law, Special Units
Barricaded Suspect, Mutual Aid

The suspect has advised that if anyone comes near his mother he "will take them out." You also know the sergeant asking for help uses poor tactics and...
Categories: Patrol
Police Product Test: Energizer Bravo Hard Case Flashlight

Few officers will argue that a good flashlight is, next to your duty weapon, probably the most essential piece of gear on duty or off. Energizer now has...
Categories: Patrol, Special Units
Rage Against Active Shooters

Given the alarming increase in active shooter incidents, Americans are now forced to construct a mental pre-set to prepare for a lethal encounter with a...
Categories: Special Units, Training & Careers
Critical Incident Drills: Staging a Dress Rehearsal

Before a sheriff or chief is going to sign off on committing resources to a practical critical incident exercise, you will have to convince him or her of...
Categories: Training & Careers
Tactics for Arresting the Cooperative Subject

Even the most compliant arrestee can become violent, and you have to use proper control tactics, just in case.
Categories: Patrol, Procedures & Policies
Shooting on the Move

Since the majority of OISs are up close and personal, with no cover available, movement becomes an essential element in any gunfight.
Categories: Weapons
Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0 Duty Pistol

Smith & Wesson listened to the feedback from its end-users and made a few improvements to the trusty M&P. The new version is coined the M&P...
Categories: Command, Investigations, Patrol
Corruption: Cracking Down on Bad Cops

Not all police misconduct is plastered across national newspapers, but it all has the same results. It erodes the public’s trust in law enforcement...
Categories: Training & Careers
Where is the Clinton Cloth for Cops?

Officers who use their personal email accounts for official business risk punishment for any derogatory business-related statements made on personal...
Categories: Patrol

People who choose to force cops to shoot them to death often wound and kill bystanders and even cops in the process.
Categories: Patrol, Special Units

On my drive home that evening, I remembered that first day in the police academy.  I'd been told I wasn't there to make a difference in people's ...
Categories: Command, Special Units

No police department would ever consider sending police officers onto the street without proper training or equipment to handle routine calls. ...
Categories: Point of Law
Tactics and Training: Thoughts on Use of Force

Is the law on use of force really changing? What is science saying about bias? What can you do to be safer on the job?
Categories: Technology
Police, Technology, and the Pandemic

Law enforcement agencies used technology and planning to protect officers and maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Categories: Command, Patrol
5 Keys to Securing Grant Funding

Today, there are still billions of dollars in grants available for public agencies to apply for and obtain. However, the rules have changed considerably...
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law
Sixth Amendment Revisited

Plaintiffs’ attorneys may now seek to maintain lawsuits against officers and their agencies for eliciting incriminating statements from a ...
Categories: Weapons
Taurus PT92 Duty Pistol

Today's Taurus is ISO9000 rated for quality-control excellence and has become world renowned for making fine firearms.
Categories: Command, Technology
Posts for Public Consumption?

If you shot somebody tomorrow, how would the post you put online today read in the mind of Miss Mary Poppins sitting at her breakfast table?
Categories: Patrol, Technology
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes ...

Officer safety tactics have evolved to accommodate the prospect of dealing with suspects via a variety of media, developing a hitherto unknown degree...
Categories: Weapons
Writing a Handgun Optics Policy

If your agency is allowing officers to use red dot sights on duty pistols, then it needs to have a policy that covers issues such as training, equipment,...
Categories: Patrol, Weapons
TASER Defense

To prevent a subject from getting near any of your weapons, create a defensive wedge with your two arms and push the subject away. You...
Categories: Patrol

In a sense, by making the easy cases the officer became part of the problem instead of part of the solution. Usually such behavior is wasteful and a...
Categories: Patrol
My Life as an Expert

To the experts, this naked fellow was shot excessively at close range even after he had raised his legs in surrender…that's right,...
Categories: Patrol, Special Units, Weapons
Endangered Species

What are you going to do when they come and close down your range? That's a question many firearms trainers are asking themselves all across this...
Categories: Special Units, Vehicle Ops
War Wagons

One of the first times I realized the need for armored vehicles in police operations was during the 1968 Glenville Shootout and riot in Cleveland. Here's...
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law
Constitutional Home Entry

Private residences enjoy the highest levels of Fourth Amendment protection against governmental intrusion. Here are the 10 most common ways to get inside...
Categories: Patrol
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...
Categories: Patrol, Point of Law

The requirement of the Fourth Amendment is that all searches be "reasonable." The Supreme Court has ruled that warrantless searches are presumed to be...
Categories: Investigations, Patrol, Procedures & Policies

As the responding patrol officer it’s your job to properly process the crime scene, including locating, printing, collecting, and documenting all...
Categories: Weapons
CZ P-01 Compact Duty Pistol

The company's pistols are so well designed that its classic CZ 52 was a mainstay of the Czech military for 23 years.
Categories: Weapons
Off-Duty Ready

Do your kids know the difference between cover and concealment, and how to use both? I am not advocating scaring your family, but preparing your...
Categories: Patrol, Special Units
Brothers in Arms

Now, like most of the public, I had been led to believe that firefighters and cops hold each other in contempt. But I remember very vividly attending a...
Categories: Weapons
The Case for Laser Sighting

Not only does a laser sighting system enhance firearm accuracy when an officer is under attack, it can also help de-escalate violent confrontations.
Categories: Patrol
Suicide Warning Signs and Available Resources

Families and colleagues of officers who died by suicide frequently say the officers displayed visible warning signs of life-threatening mental or emotional...
Categories: Patrol
Force Multiplier: Off-Duty Carry

Off-duty officers who carry firearms are not just protecting themselves; they are protecting the public.
Categories: Procedures & Policies, Vehicle Ops
13 Factors in Selecting a Police Unit Upfitter

Preparing a service-ready police unit may require more work than a small garage staff can handle, even with preplanning and experience. If a fleet...
Categories: Patrol, Special Units, Technology
Equipping Your K-9

Sometimes it's hard to know what's new in the world of K-9 gear. So to catch you up on the cool stuff that's out there, here's a look at some of the...
Categories: Training & Careers, Weapons
Electric Bullet

Creating the XREP wasn't easy. It required an arduous process of trial and error and many trips back to the drawing board for re-engineering and redesign...
Categories: Patrol
An Open Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump, you have vowed to make America great again. But I would like to speak with you about how you can make the law enforcement community...
Categories: Weapons
Perfecting Your Handgun Grip

Most of us will agree that properly gripping a firearm is an important element of fundamental shooting skills, but what is the "proper" way to grip a...
Categories: Procedures & Policies, Weapons
The Quick and Accurate Draw

The ultimate goal of any defensive pistol-training program is to stop a life-threatening attack against you or another innocent party. You have to know...
Categories: Patrol
The Forgotten Fallen of 9/11

On Sept. 11, 2001, 72 officers were killed in the line of duty. But they were not the only law enforcement casualties of 9/11. Today, 13 years after the...
Categories: Patrol
A Dose of Survival Reality

Keep officer survival smart and simple.
Categories: Special Units, Training & Careers
ATF's Tactical Medic Program

ATF tactical medics operate as a special agent EMTs with a life-saving skill set. They can perform classic trauma-care functions such as CPR,...
Categories: Patrol

You are trying to take a DUI suspect into custody when he turns suddenly and makes a grab for your gun. The fight is now on. Unfortunately for this bad...
Categories: Patrol
The POLICE Light and Laser Survey

Because of the critical importance of illumination tools in law enforcement operations, POLICE recently conducted a survey about...
Categories: Weapons
Glock 30S Subcompact Pistol

The Glock 30S frame is borrowed from the 30SF; a subcompact .45 ACP with a capacity of 10 rounds. The benefit here is a larger frame allowing for...

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