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Witmer Acquires Interstate Arms

Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc. (WPSG), the nation’s leading multi-channel distributor of public safety equipment, supplies, training,  and service, is excited to announce their recent acquisition of Interstate Arms, the nation’s oldest wholesaler of firearms, weapon accessories and ammunition, headquartered in Billerica, MA. “We are pleased to bring Interstate Arms into our family of public safety brands,” said James Witmer, CEO of WPSG.  “In addition to serving the wholesale commercial firearms industry for over four decades, Interstate Arms has also…


WHAT’S HOT FROM SHOT? New Guns for 2019

Mike Boyle The 28th Annual Roundup Covering New Firearms of Most Interest to Law Enforcement The SHOT Show is indeed the world’s largest gun carnival. Manufacturers, both large and small, come together to showcase their product lines and introduce new offerings. In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis on products geared to the tactical market and there is no better place to check out new firearms, ammunition lines and accessories than the SHOT Show. This year’s event took…


Seven Things Every Chief Should Know About the Use of Force

Ed Nowicki “What does reasonable law enforcement use of force and making sausage have in common?” The answer is logical. “You want to enjoy the final product, but you don’t want to see either one being made.” The part of law enforcement which tends to be the most controversial is the use of force which, at times, has been compared to making sausage. Today’s complex society requires that the professional law enforcement administrator deal with various issues involving the use…


Law Enforcement Leadership March April 2019

Making Training Work for You Mike Carpenter I have an assignment for you. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and list all of the training opportunities which are available to you as a supervisor or a manager.  Maybe you can start your list with the nearest ones, such as your own agency. Do they sponsor supervisory or management level training? No? Well, maybe you can put your local regional academy on the list – or maybe you can’t….


BUSTED! – Real Stories of Genuine Absurdity March April 2019

James L. McClinton, Ph.D This qualifies them to be nominated for “Redneck of the Year” by the Rednecks of America… In Florida, a 32-year-old male and 20-year-old female were arrested after they were caught (allegedly) selling drugs out of a drive-thru window they constructed out of the side of their mobile home. Investigators raided their residence following reports of heroin sales in the area. The couple had turned a kitchen window into a drive-thru so customers would not have to…


…AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH March/April 2019

Ramesh Nyberg On the Outside Looking In At first, being on the other side in the civilian world was odd after being in law enforcement for 27 years. Then, things started settling in and I learned that certain humility comes with retirement and I let things be. That was 12 years ago. Just a month ago, I learned a new side of civilian life: being the family of a crime victim. Someone very close to me, a minor, was molested…


The Individual First Aid Kit (Trauma Kit): EVERY OFFICER SHOULD CARRY ONE

Eugene Nielsen Incidents such as an active shooter or mass casualty call necessitate that law enforcement personnel be prepared to provide immediate life-saving first aid to injured civilians; fellow officers; and, perhaps, even themselves.         Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) for EMS and law enforcement is an adaptation of military Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), whose guidelines differ from the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines on which civilian trauma care has been based. TECC teaches EMS practitioners and other prehospital…


Crime Analysis on Demand

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) offers Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) to law enforcement agencies to enhance their capabilities to analyze and use data to make informed decisions, respond effectively and prevent crime. BJA NTTAC’s TTA resources address analytical gaps and needs for crime analysts and other criminal justice professionals. The following approach is a guide to the types of assistance BJA NTTAC supports under the Crime Analysis on Demand TTA program…


Police Body-worn Camera Legislation Tracker

Laws governing how and when police body-worn cameras can be used and whether the footage is released vary considerably across the country. The Urban Institute has developed a legislation tracker to find out more about passed and pending state legislation. Recently, the Urban Institute updated the tracker and published an article on five new trends in state body-worn camera legislation: States are developing evidence-based model policies and standards; There’s no nationwide standard on when footage is considered public record; Privacy…


2019 Model Year Patrol Vehicle Evaluation Report Released

Since 1981, the National Institute of Justice, through the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Information Center system, has partnered with the Michigan State Police (MSP) to conduct an annual patrol vehicle evaluation. You can find the recently released 2019 model year report, Police Vehicle Evaluation Model Year 2019, at https://tinyurl.com/ycaaltb4. The purchase of patrol vehicles is one of the largest expenditures a law enforcement agency faces. For many years, police fleet administrators have had numerous choices to make when…