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Digital Patrol, Part 2

Digital cameras might sound like a great idea for law enforcement use for many reasons, including no film to buy, store, process or waste; easy storage of images on a computer; and no need to produce expensive reprinted enlargements.

But, and it's a big but, what about image admissibility issues? It's possible defense attorneys will challenge your digital images as unreliable, implying that it's too easy to alter digital images and, therefore, the court shouldn't admit them into evidence.

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Third Degree: A New Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson (S&W)  has decided to try to retake the American law enforcement market it dominated during the revolver days by introducing its new Military & Police (M&P) semi-automatic pistol. The M&P .40 is a polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol that measures 73⁄8" long, 51⁄4" tall and 11⁄4" wide, and weighs 28 oz. The stainless-steel slide is coated with black Melonite to offer the highest possible level of corrosion resistance.

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Growing Pains

About a year ago, Chief Mike King of the Prairie du Chien (Wis.) Police Department contacted me regarding the controversy swirling around the use of TASERs by law enforcement. The chief sits on the tactical skills advisory committee of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Standards Board, and the committee was examining the TASER, its use and its level of applied force.

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Securing the Homeland

At the federal level, the incident command system has been adopted as the national incident management system (NIMS), and agencies seeking federal funding from the Department of Homeland Security must adopt NIMS. But while NIMS' road map outlines how to handle disasters, the National Response Plan (NRP) and the Stafford Act define the federal government's role in responding to domestic emergencies.

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