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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 6, June

A Primer on Serial Ports
Cable Confusion I believe there is a logical reason why most computers have all of their cables connected to the back of the machine: if they were in the front, they would be too intimidating. The "rat's nest" of wires that come out of the back of a...
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Solve Serial Crimes
Solving serial crimes involves investigating thousands of leads, items of evidence and other bits of information. So many pieces of data can quickly overwhelm the ability of the human brain to analyze to arrive at a conclusion. Very labor intensive,...
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Black Box Tells All
Famous flight recorder adapted to policing It happens all too often. A police car collides with a civilian vehicle while on the way to a call or during a hot pursuit. Incident people are seriously injured, even killed, and very expensive lawsuits are...
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Communications Lifeline for Emergency Crews
A communications lifeline used by Tarrant Co. (Texas) emergency crews helped approximately 130,000 residents of Fort Worth and surrounding towns to safety during the recent devastating tornados. Two tornados touched down in the area, destroying homes...
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Court Expands Prosecutions for False Statements
The United States Supreme Court greatly expanded the ability to prosecute false statements made by' state or local law enforcement officers to any federal agents pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001. In Brogan v. United States (Case No. 96-1579, 62 Cr.L. 2092,...
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Court Hears Teen Curfew Arguments
The Charleston (W.V.) teen curfew ordinance is illegal and unfair because it allows police officers to stop and interrogate young people for no reason, an attorney told the state Supreme Court. Attorney Jason Huber said the ordinance is vague, not likely...
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Dressing Casually Doesn't Suit Police
Excuse the grammar, but I wanted something that attracted attention and created an interest in the subject. I believe that was also the original idea of police officers wearing uniforms: to gain the attention of citizens and to convey the notion of a...
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E.C.Q.S. Are We Doing Enough?
Paladin Press caused a great deal of controversy in the firearms training community last year with the release of the videotape, "Extreme Close Quarter Shooting." Much of the controversy centered on whether instructor Ralph Mroz had legitimate concerns...
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Expanding FMJ Ammo
Federal Cartridge has developed a full metal jacket handgun bullet that actually expands like a hollowpoint. New for 2000, the Expanding Full Metal Jacket (EFMJ) is the clear answer for police departments restricted to non-hollowpoint ammo or for those...
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Forensic Science Technology Expo at FRENZY
Law enforcement trade shows are plentiful, but most of them are focused either on general topics, such as the IACP and the National Sheriffs Association, or on tactical issues, as you might find at the annual meeting of the National Tactical Officers...
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Getting Back to Basics-And Something New
Basic Collision Analysis and Scene Documentation, Second Edition. The first edition of this book by David Casteel and Steven Moss was published in 1982. Their latest version, however, came out just last year and Casteel said to tell readers that if they...
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Grants: Resources and Opportunities Online
Tight budgets are a neverending problem in law enforcement agencies, and many agency executives try to take advantage of the largesse that can come in the form of grant money from governmental or private agencies. Getting grant money is something of...
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Honoring Their Sacrifice
In what has become an annual event, thousands of peace officers gathered in front of the United States Capitol May 15 to honor 139 officers who had given their lives during 1999. The formal ceremony began with a presentation of colors by the US Capitol...
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Instinctive Tactics for Low Light Shooting
Every few years someone either in or associated with law enforcement training develops a new flashlight technique. Sometimes these tactics are good and have a place in policing. However, some of these "new" techniques should be viewed with a bit of skepticism...
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International News
AUSTRALIA The New South Wales government will require manufacturers to insert whistles in paint spray cans to help stop graffiti artists. It also said it will push for legislation that would fine parents if their children are involved in graffiti or...
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Lasers as Tactical Threats
Patrol Sergeant Jim Freeman was tired. He had pulled two back-to-back uniformed shifts. The Chief had given him eight hours off to sleep, but he never rested very well during daylight hours. Now it was late in the evening and he was investigating suspicious...
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Letters
Personnel Testing There is much confusion in law enforcement about the implementation and defense of valid tests that predict an officer's ability to perform the infrequent but possibly critical physical tasks associated with the job. Fred Rafilson's...
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Lifting Latent Prints in Dust
A latent fingerprint found in dust may be the only clue in an investigation in which there are no other leads. Because the areas routinely touched by the victims are normally not dusty, the dust print found may be the only evidence police have to link...
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Media Relations: Odds and Ends
It's time for spring housecleaning. This will be an update of several earlier reports, and a brief look at some miscellaneous media relations stories that deserve your attention. Victim-Witness Media Cards: In the March 2000 issue I wrote about the Fairfax...
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Moving from Martial Arts to Principle-Based Training
Training officers to defend themselves against assault and to control resisting offenders has always been a polarizing topic for law enforcement trainers. Which system of similar but mildly unique Aikido-based defensive tactics an agency uses can mean...
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NAFIS Launched in South Wales
United Kingdom-Building on significant successes as a crime-fighting tool, the Police Information Technology Organization (PITO) commemorated the roll out of the ten-print functionality of its National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS)...
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New Firearm Reference Software
Firearms examiners and law-enforcement personnel have long used various printed directories and supplier catalogs to help them accurately identify guns. Such a search was often a time-consuming, frustrating task. To make this effort more efficient and...
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New Harley Introduced
Harley-Davidson recently announced its new FXDP Dyna Defender motorcycle at a California press conference. Introduced as state-of the-art in police motorcycles, the motorcycle's responsive power, agile maneuverability, dependability and comfort were...
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New Mobile Identification Technology
Sheriff gets $1.5 million grant for new IBIS system The Hennepin County (Minn.) Sheriffs Department has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the United States Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) for an advanced...
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Officer Survival
Officers need to be educated and trained to win The number of attacks on law enforcement officers has increased dramatically. Not only are officers being attacked more frequently, the attacks are also more vicious and deadly. Officers need to hone their...
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Patroling the Lands That Time Forgot
L&O correspondent Alan Horman accompanied two Australian police officers on one of their regular, but highly unusual patrol tours. His account of the trip, which he says was one of the most interesting events of his life, follows. The two officers...
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Private Security Use Debated
If the current move in Canada toward farming out policing duties to private security companies is continued, the result may be a return to the old west style of law enforcement, the Police Association of Ontario warned. The concern over the erosion of...
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Reaching out to the Mentally Ill
Q: What impels law enforcement departments, mental health agencies and elected officials to train police officers to deal with the mentally ill? A: Tragedy In Tampa, Fla., the fatal shooting of 39-year-old David Montgomery, a paranoid schizophrenic,...
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Running from the Law
Supreme Court clarifies authority to chase fleeing suspects The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January that a person's sudden flight upon seeing a police officer can be used to establish reasonable suspicion for a "Terry-type" stop. The decision in the...
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Sheriff's Department Explores Technology
In the past law enforcement has generally failed to take full advantage of the latest technology available, opting instead to "made do" with conventional and sometimes even obsolete tools. Problems such as use of excessive force or terminating pursuits...
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Shopping for a CAD
It takes time, planning and careful thought Shopping for a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system isn't as easy as accessing the Internet, clicking on the best deal and hitting "buy"-at least, not yet. While most major CAD vendors have web sites that provide...
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Special Report: Fingerprints
Three years ago, the Providence (R.I.) Police Department faced a problem common to many law enforcement agencies. Despite having thousands of fingerprints on file, officers were often unable to match a perpetrator to prints from a crime scene. They lacked...
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Stop on Red: Video Enforced Traffic Safety
Like many municipalities throughout the country, Vienna, Va., has a problem with residents running red lights. City administrators didn't realize the full extent of the problem until an automated enforcement system was installed to address it. Our department...
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Street Survival Seminar
One of the first Calibre Press Street Survival Seminars for the year 2000 was held in Albuquerque, N.M., during February. Hosted by the Albuqyerque Police Department, the 400 officers attending came from 50 agencies in five states, including Arizona,...
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Technolgy Center Supports Law Enforcement
The National Institute of Justice has named the Savannah River Technology Center-SRS' applied research and development laboratory-as a partner in providing unique technology assistance to help local and regional law enforcement and corrections agencies...
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The Importance of Role-Playing in Training
The last thing the responding emergency medical technicians expected as they responded to the call at Marine Corps Air Stalion, Cherry Point, N.C., was a confrontation with two drug-crazed criminals looking for drugs. The EMTs quickly realized they had...
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The Israeli Civil-Guard
The largest volunteer law enforcement organization in the world The increasing criminal and terrorist activity in Israel highlights the importance of the Civil-- Guard volunteer force in maintaining law and order and preserving security in this country....
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The Progress of Women in Policing
Women have sought, won and created larger roles for themselves in law enforcement-their ranks now exceed 14 percent of all sworn law enforcement positions among municipal; county, and state law enforcement agencies comprised of 100 or more sworn officers....
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The Right Way to Do Wireless
A guide to successful wireless data project planning Law enforcement departments have been collecting information for years-it's their stock in trade. Traditionally, the information is collected on paper reports and filed for later use. The reports (or...
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Training Via Satellite
Toronto police have worldwide capabilities The Metropolitan Toronto olice Service has a training program with facilities capable of being beamed worldwide via satellite. Titled LiveLink, the educational and training program was developed by the police...
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Twelve Clues That Could Save a Child
The parents were divorced; the older child had a history of truancy and was performing poorly in school. Neighbors had noticed suspicious bruises on the children but never reported them. When relatives of the father called government family services...
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Unlocking the Lockdown Mentality
Officers teach alternatives in school-shooting situations Most Baby Boomers remember school drills almost fondly because they broke up the monotony of the school day. Every school had fire drills; in some parts of the country they had tornado or earthquake...
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