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Author: Law Officer

The Long Guns, Part 1

In a northern Chicago suburb in the fall of 2003, a random murder and attempted carjacking brought police rushing to the scene. The first-responding officer located the offender, who fired his handgun at the officer, wounding him in the arm and shoulder. Injured but determined, the officer stayed in the fight, armed with his duty pistol. He exchanged gunfire with the offender, who remained in his vehicle, a barrier of sheet metal and glass.

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Reality Based Training: SIMUNITION: A Dangerously Ambiguous Term

While a West Coast special-response team prepared for a realistic training exercise, the trainers told the team members, "Bring your 'sims' kit, and grab a box of 'simmunitions' on your way out." During the actual training exercise, one of the participants was experiencing chronic weapon malfunctions. When a trainer came over to investigate the problem, he discovered the team member had grabbed a box of SIMUNITION 's Greenshield frangible ammunition instead of its FX marking cartridges.

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Stop & Identify

Numerous states have "stop-and-identify" statutes in their criminal code. While these statutes vary somewhat in their approach, all permit an officer to ask for or require a suspect to disclose his or her identity when conducting a Terry stop (see "Terry v. Ohio," below). That's all fine and good, but what happens when the suspect refuses to provide their identity either verbally or by providing a driver's license or other form of identification? Can an officer place an individual under arrest for simply refusing to comply with the officer's request?

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Moving Day

The recent phenomenal growth and evolution of technology has impacted law enforcement as heavily as the rest of society. While many agencies have access to specialists who can help implement new computers and similar technology, many others do not. These departments often rely on the expertise of an officer or other department member. Additionally, individual officers and other personnel sometimes struggle with their own technical support issues as they try to set up increasingly complicated computer equipment in their homes.

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Agency Profile: Las Vegas Metro

Las Vegas is probably the world's most famous and infamous city. With its very own New York skyline, Venetian canals and Eiffel Tower, Vegas is a glittering neon oasis in the middle of a vast desert. Nearly everything is available here, and most of it's legal. Then there's that famous marketing phrase: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."

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