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FirstForward®: An Online Professional Training Network for First Responders

To help law enforcement personnel meet their continuing education goals, the FirstForward Marketplace offers 700 training opportunities, including all courses vetted by the IADLEST National Certification Program. Officers and departments can find both online and in-person training, including more than 150 free courses. In addition to these training opportunities, FirstForward offers a no cost system to file and store training records with paperless documentation which makes it easy to confirm that continuing education requirements are kept up-to-date. Officers can keep…


Community Policing: A Patrol Officer’s Perspective

The demands of a community policing effort are different from one level of an organization to the next. A new publication, Community Policing: A Patrol Officer’s Perspective, and its companion volume, A First-Line Supervisor’s Perspective, illustrate how individual officers and supervisors can implement community policing practices in their agencies. It contains examples of officer-led problem-solving and relationship-building, along with guidelines for understanding community policing concepts and practices. These documents were developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community…


Available on Amazon Books Store

Newly available on Amazon books, “Harlem Raiders” is a hard-hitting, crime-fighting saga about a diverse narcotics team working in Harlem’s 32nd Precinct during the notorious 1970s and 80s. Based on a true story, NYPD Sergeant Peter Pranzo leads his narc team (nicknamed the “Harlem Raiders”) in one of New York City’s most notorious neighborhoods, ultimately achieving over 8000 gun and narcotics arrests during a seven-year period. Working closely with a local female community leader, Pranzo and his team form an…


Ten Ways to Be the Best Law Enforcement Trainer

Ed Nowicki Anyone who trains law enforcement personnel knows that you need to be at the top of your game to stand in front of a group of officers as an instructor. Presenting necessary information or assisting officers in developing new or improved skills can be more than challenging. However, officers may also be extremely appreciative if they see the benefits of what the instructor is presenting. There are no shortcuts to being a good instructor. There are a number…


GETTING INTO ACTION: THE DRAW STROKE

Mike Boyle How important is a reasonably fast draw stroke? Although modern officer involved shootings bear little semblance to the imaginary gun duels of the Old West, having the ability to quickly bring the gun to bear on a threat remains an essential skill. Danger is unpredictable. What may appear to be everyday citizen contact can erupt into a life-threatening situation in the blink of an eye. In a perfect world, we could instantly evaluate each and every situation, never…


Essential Patrol Rifle Knowledge and Skills

Todd Fletcher In some departments, carrying a patrol rifle is a confirmation of ability and competence. It’s recognition of a commitment to training and skill development. In other departments, carrying a patrol rifle is a responsibility everyone shoulders.  In my opinion, I prefer to have all officers equipped with rifles because they are easier to shoot accurately and are more effective than a handgun. Greater accuracy and effectiveness seem like a good combination to me. However, there are certain insights…


No More “Dusting for Prints”

Bill Siuru, Ph.D., PE Fingerprints and forensic evidence found at the scene of a crime are two of the most valuable ways to identify a suspect and solve crimes. Current methods for capturing latent fingerprints require physical contact which can possibly damage or destroy the fingerprint, or risk contaminating or destroying the DNA information contained in the fingerprints. Another problem is locating blood spots, gunshot residue and body fluids at the crime scene or on items taken from the scene…


The Wheels of Justice November/December 2019

Sergeant James Post TRANSPORTATION 2020 Welcome to our transportation issue for 2020, our annual review of everything which is new in LE vehicles and equipment for the coming year as seen at national events like the IACP Conference, Police Security Expo, Police Fleet Expo, and the Michigan State Police (MSP) vehicle tests. You’ve often heard that “hindsight is 20/20,” well, we’re here to prove that foresight is also 20/20, as we give you a huge jump start on building your…


BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity November/December 2019

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. “Dude, you can’t outrun the Batmobile”… A man in Burtonsville, Maryland, drives a highly recognized vehicle: a custom-built 1966 replica of the Batmobile, complete with rocket launchers, jet flames and a bat phone. When a hit-and-run driver smashed into his prized car on Route 28, he wasn’t about to let the driver make a getaway. “I don’t know what the guy was thinking,” he told a TV reporter. “He must have been going about 60…and just…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH November/December 2019

Ramesh Nyberg We Didn’t Start the Fire…             By the time you read this, the holiday season will be in full swing. So, this column focuses on reflection of the past, and thanks – yes, thanks – to our brothers and sisters in blue from the past. What they had to deal with, and how they dealt with it, is an exploration most of us don’t really know about and it has shaped what we – as law enforcement agencies…