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Reality Based Training: Don't Shoot Your Eye Out

Although this column will appear sometime in March, the editorial lead time necessitated its writing on the heels of the Christmas season. As such, I had occasion recently to sit down for my annual viewing of the movie "A Christmas Story."

"I want an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle!" the movie's protagonist proclaims to all who will listen. The resounding response "No . . . you'll shoot your eye out!" has become the battle cry of concerned mothers everywhere.

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A Pursuit Tragedy

During the quest to apprehend criminals, at times innocent people are severely or fatally injured even when police officers act in accordance with departmental policy and training standards. This is no less true when officers pursue a felon, and they must constantly evaluate the risks of injury and damage to property versus the need to apprehend.

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Avoid Power-Pointlessness

Here's a riddle for you: What's the difference between Microsoft PowerPoint and a sledgehammer? One is a versatile tool you can use to totally destroy things and smash apart complicated constructs, and also to build bridges and construct complicated structures. The other is just a big hammer.

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No Patience for No-Loads

Dear Bullethead:

Recently I got assigned to a new shift and my supervisor is driving me nuts over my report writing. I never really had problems before, but to hear this guy, you’d think I didn’t make it past the third grade. Sure, I misspell some words, and sometimes I could be a little more detailed, but I think he’s being unreasonable. He’s even trying to get me to do follow-up, such as witness checks or suspect interviews. Isn’t that the detective’s job?

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Dialing for Evidence

It’s 0-dark-30 HRS and your team is gearing up to hit the five locations listed on your search warrant. Your search-warrant check list includes computers, CDs, flash-storage media, business documents and, now, mobile phones. Evidence collection has just gotten harder.

It wasn’t too long ago when a mobile phone, the Motorola Dyna Tac, cost $3,995 and was aptly referred to as “the brick.” Now it seems everyone owns a mobile phone, from Grandma to 7-year-olds using Wherify’s GPS-integrated phone.

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Training At The Next Level

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