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How to Build a Multijurisdictional Special Operations Team

Joshua Logan Many agencies have determined that building and maintaining a SWAT team is far beyond their means. However, a solution does exist. Most everyone knows that the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other big agencies have a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team; in fact, they have several of them and whole support groups which go along with them. What many don’t realize is that most agencies don’t come anywhere close to…


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…


NOCHASE Spike System

NOCHASE, LLC has released its new tool for law enforcement, The NOCHASE Spike System. It is a proactive, durable, handheld deterrent for use in routine stops and tactical ops to literally “Stop the Chase BEFORE It Starts™.” At a routine traffic stop, the officer approaches the vehicle; deploys the NOCHASE with a downward hand-thrust motion, placing it in front of the rear tire; and then continues on with the traffic stop. If the driver tries to drive away before being…


Flashbang Training Options: Getting the Most Bang for Your SWAT Training Buck

Eugene Nielsen The Noise Flash Diversionary Device (NFDD), also commonly referred to as a flash sound diversionary device, diversionary device, Distraction Device® or flashbang, has become an essential tool of the trade for tactical teams. NFDDs are designed to produce dramatic pyrotechnics which are intended to provide a brief distraction without causing permanent injury. Although often used generically, the term “Distraction Device” is a registered trademark of Safariland®/Defense Technology®. NFDDs may be divided into two categories – those that only…


The Wheels of Justice January/February 2020

Sergeant James Post WORKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND I grew up and ultimately spent my 25 year career in the Midwest, actually about 250 miles from the geographical center of the contiguous United States. Love it or hate it, the Midwest is one of those places in our great country which experiences the full four seasons – that’s the plus. The minus is that, if you are working outside in those four seasons in the Midwest, you can expect temperatures…


BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity January/February 2020

James L. McClinton, Ph.D. Maybe he should change his phone number to 867-5309… In California, a man came up with a brilliant idea to hide his car from license plate readers and ticketing systems: registering the vanity license plate “NULL.” He hoped his NULL license plates would make it impossible for cops to give him a ticket, since they wouldn’t be able to enter the ticket into their system. His plan worked all too well. It caused a citation processing…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH January/February 2020

Ramesh Nyberg Full Disclosure Okay, this is almost full disclosure. A couple of years ago, a close family member confided in me that they had taken LSD at some point in their young life. A year later, a second family member admitted the same thing. I was flabbergasted. LSD? The stuff which made Art Linkletter’s daughter jump out of a window because she was convinced she could fly? That stuff? No, I was told, this is not – in essence…


New Resources for Training and Technical Assistance

The National Police Foundation, with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations Project and the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative, and its partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will begin providing Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) to new FY 2019 CGIC grantees in October.  CGICs represent an innovative and collaborative concept developed by ATF that identifies armed violent offenders…


National Officer Safety Initiatives Program

Law enforcement safety is a U.S. Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) priority. In support of the President’s officer safety focused executive order, BJA’s National Officer Safety Initiatives (NOSI) currently addresses law enforcement safety in three key areas: law enforcement suicide, traffic safety, and a national public awareness and education campaign. The BJA knows that officer safety encompasses a wide range of issues aside from tactics; it also includes physical, emotional and mental factors. The NOSI Web site…


New Resource for Starting a Cybercrime Unit

Nearly every crime has a digital component. As such, police leaders are under increased pressure to dedicate resources to combatting cyber-enabled crime. The purpose of Starting a CyberCrime Unit: Key Considerations for Police Chiefs is to offer law enforcement executives key considerations for establishing a cybercrime unit, including scope, recruitment/staffing, interagency partnerships, training, and funding. Additional resources can be found at the Law Enforcement Cyber Center Web site at iacpcybercenter.org Download a copy of the PDF document.