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Dave Spaulding, Law Officer’s Firearms columnist, will conduct two seminars geared toward law enforcement next month at the SHOT Show in Orlando, Fla. Titled “Developing the Combative Mind,” each seminar will cover what it means to have a combative mind and how it...

Safety Tip: Searching with the Muzzle

Officer safety isn't only about not getting hurt in a fight it extends to surviving the aftermath and avoiding an aftermath at all if it s not necessary. The latter is the subject here. Years ago, I was taught at the Smith & Wesson Academy (then under the...

Smart Cars, Part 1

No matter what type of patrol vehicle you drive, it’s almost a certainty the vehicle was derived from a production-based civilian model. In most cases, that isn’t a bad thing because your vehicle has benefited from billions of dollars of research and millions of miles...

Investigations: Investigating Robbery (part 1 of 3)

My next series of investigative articles deals with the crime of robbery, which is larceny by force or threat of force. Although the legal definition of robbery varies state by state, most states separate the crime into degrees of legal seriousness depending on a...

I Learned About Policing From That: Flash Bang Boom

In June 1992, I ran the Springfield (Mo.) Police Department s full-time tactical team, which primarily focused on serving drug-related search warrants and resolving barricades. I received a call concerning a mid-level methamphetamine dealer, who also happened to...

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