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Author: Law Officer

Dogs of War

K-9s have been a valuable asset to law enforcement for 30 years, but until recently they've been largely excluded from SWAT deployments. Although K-9s frequently locate armed and dangerous suspects in a patrol environment, SWAT teams rarely search with a K-9 during a tactical operation. It can prove difficult getting SWAT teams to think outside the box and experiment with dogs during SWAT training, but once a SWAT team sees what a K-9 can do and how K-9s can make the job safer and easier, it typically adds K-9s to the team.

3 Excuses Exposed

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Third Degree: The Charge Ti

While searching the 2006 SHOT Show in February for new street and deployment gear, I met with the folks from the Leatherman Tool Group. The first pioneer of multi-tools, its products stood the test during my team's deployment in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. We discovered the value of a good multi-tool many times in the storm-crushed streets. The high winds took down electrical lines and trees, forming a low-hanging, face-cutting arch-work over the streets we searched.

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Multiple Injury Response

You're first on the scene of a school bus rollover on a highway exit ramp. There are several injured lying on the roadway and multiple others trapped and injured inside. It's a mass-casualty incident, what emergency medical services (EMS) crews and firefighters commonly refer to as an MCI. You park your cruiser, begin to divert unauthorized traffic away from the scene, give a basic report to your communications center and await the arrival of EMS and fire crews to manage the carnage.

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The 5.11 Challenge

What do thousands of cops, guns, fly fishing, tactical clothing and Montana all have in common? The 5.11 Challenge, a shooting competition for cops. The Challenge is the brainchild of Dan Costa, CEO of 5.11 Tactical, a tactical clothing company. Costa thought that by getting cops together in a friendly competition, communication and cooperation between agencies might improve. "We get law enforcement officers together from all across the country and across all agencies.

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Agency Profile: The Austin Police Department

Nestled next to Texas' beautiful hill country lies the City of Austin, one of the nation's fastest growing and safest cities. Often, increased crime accompanies rapid growth, but this city manages to balance quality growth with a great quality of life. Much of the credit for this goes to the men and women of the Austin Police Department (APD), whose vision statement reflects that crime-fighting priority: "We want Austin to be the safest city in America."

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