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Street Sources Part 3

Part 3 of a 4-part series

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Here s a golden rule about developing informants: When it comes to building rapport with potential street sources, sincerity is everything. If you can fake that, you ve got it made.

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Remember the Rifle

It's simple: Only a fool will knowingly take a handgun to a gunfight. In the event you haven't figured it out, we in law enforcement carry handguns not because they're effective, but because they are portable. While the police handgun can bring about rapid incapacitation, this type of effectiveness is a direct result of shot placement, which is difficult to achieve during the fluid, rapidly changing activity commonly known as a gunfight. I have spent my entire adult life studying the art of gun fighting, and I'm convinced long guns are far superior to handguns.

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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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Training At The Next Level