Posted by Hayley Fudge | Care and Usage, Care and Usage, Firefighter Combat Challenge, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, People, Performance, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Friday, September 9th, 2011 5:09 am

9/11 rememberance

By STEVE SCHWARTZ
Message from LION CEO

This Sunday marks ten years since 9/11.

It’s a time for remembrance. Nearly 3,000 people were murdered. Each loss creates an unfillable void for family, friends, our fire service and first responder community, and the nation.

It’s a time for reflection. Right after 9/11, as a country, we stood as one. That sense of oneness has looked and felt increasingly fragile over the past two years of economic and political turmoil in our country.

It’s a time for renewed solidarity: to recommit ourselves to a belief in that oneness that we felt so strongly 10 years ago. The challenges we face in each of our communities and in the nation can only be solved through believing in oneness not divisiveness. Divisiveness is what our enemies hope for.

We must also recommit ourselves to the defense of our country – and to its core values. On 9/11, we were attacked by radical Islamist forces not for a specific policy, but for who we are. Remember: in 1993, under a different president from a different party, there was another deadly terror attack on the Twin Towers. It’s America – and what we stand for – that’s the target.

I thank each of our first responders for putting your lives on the line daily to keep our families and communities safe. I hope our nation never experiences anything like 9/11 again, but if we do, know that we as a company are doing everything we can to keep you safe and ready to respond to whatever challenge you face.

Stay Safe.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 9:05 am

Some considerations for off-duty carry

By Kevin Davis
for Officer.com

Carry All the Time

My eldest daughter, her husband and my lovely granddaughter live only a minute’s drive from my wife and me but when I leave my house to head over there, I carry a pistol.  My daughter asked, “Why are you carrying your gun here?”  I responded that frequently her mother wants me to go to the store or other errands and by carrying a pistol I’m ready for such sojourns.  After all, I had a pistol on my ankle when I walked her down the aisle…

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Monday, April 18th, 2011 9:04 am

Shoot to kill or shoot to wound?

By Roy Bedard
for PoliceOne.com

The Czech Republic is one of the most modern countries in the former communist block, and is quickly becoming a recognized leader in the global law enforcement profession. They are considered quite modern and up to date on western theory, technology, and applications. They produce one of the world’s finest firearms, and are great contributors to the advancement of law enforcement methodologies. Not long ago, while I was giving presentations in the Czech Republic, I was confronted by an unusual perspective that has comparative value to our system of policing here in the United States.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, Performance
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 9:03 am

A law enforcement officer’s guide to email

By Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.
for PoliceOne.com

Email is an electronic means of creating instant regret with the push of a button. I was reminded of this life lesson not too long ago with a message I wish I had never sent. Here are a few tips to remember before you lock and load that eMissile.

Keep your Finger off the Trigger
The “send” button is not your friend. As with any dangerous equipment, don’t engage anything unless you are certain of the result. Emails are safest when composed offline where editing can be done before the message is copied and pasted to the email text. No misfires that way.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Safety
Friday, February 25th, 2011 9:02 am

A survival guide for law enforcement on Facebook

By Lauri Stevens
for PoliceOne.com

There are two words that should never be in the same sentence: Facebook and Privacy. The exceptions, of course, are if in the same sentence are other words like “don’t bet on it”, “not a chance” or “aint happenin’”. This post isn’t about slamming Facebook. I wouldn’t do that, I’m a Facebook fan. Nor is this a post about the stupid things some cops have done on Facebook which have caused embarrassment to their department, the compromising of a case, disciplinary action taken against them or even dismissal from their jobs. This post is about being a cop, being on Facebook and not compromising your safety or that of your family members or co-workers in the process.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Monday, February 7th, 2011 9:02 am

Why do America’s police need an armored tank?

LencoBy Justin Hyde
for Jalopnik.com


America’s most in-demand police vehicle is a ten-officer 16,000-pound armored tank that takes bullets like Superman and drives 80 mph. The federal government buys dozens each year for local police departments. Do America’s local police need tanks?

Every day, America produces a fresh batch of barricaded gunmen, some of whom want to lure police into a shootout. Roughly 50 police officers are killed every year, most in shootings, and many during arrests or ambushes.

Which is where the Lenco BearCat G3 rolls in.
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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, News, Performance
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 9:01 am

401(k)’s replacing future employee pensions?

By Mark Nichols
for the American Police Beat.

After citizens of San Diego voted overwhelmingly against raising taxes to cover deficits, the Voice of San Diego is reporting that the mayor has a great idea to balance the budget. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has proposed 401(k)-style retirement accounts for most new city employees and eliminating their pensions. When voters rejected the slightest of tax increases, half of one whole cent, Sanders apparently decided to bring out the big guns in trying to eliminate the $70 million-plus San Diego deficit. But Sanders’ plans to kill pensions for police officers needs voter approval.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Monday, January 17th, 2011 9:01 am

Outdated use-of-force policies: Accidents waiting to happen

Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq.
for PoliceOne.com

While policy issues are not one of the more interesting topics cops want to sit through, experienced administrators know the importance of sound policy and implementation. Good policy and practice provides subsequent legal protection for the individual officer. However, the stark reality of use of force policy in 2010 America is that there are still many police departments operating from agency manuals drafted in the 1970s and 80s with inadequate deadly force guidance for officers.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, Performance, Safety
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 9:01 am

Gunfight training: Hype vs. reality

By Ron Avery of The PoliceOne Firearms Corner

What we think or believe — and the value we place on these attitudes — will directly influence you, either positively or negatively, in a deadly-force or high-stress event. These values will even have an effect on your everyday training. I will address some areas of concern that I believe inhibit performance in deadly force encounters and other stressful events. I will very likely piss some of you off. That’s okay, because as long as I get you to thinking about this stuff, I’ll have done my job.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Care and Usage, Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, People, Performance, Safety, Safety
Thursday, December 30th, 2010 9:12 am

Zadroga bill passes House and Senate, awaits signing

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847), called the Zadroga Act or Zadroga Bill, was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and will soon become law. When enacted, the Zadroga Act will provide $4.3 billion in funding, establishes the World Trade Center Health Program to monitor and provide medical care to people who develop health conditions caused by 9/11 toxic exposure, orders research of 9/11 related diseases, and reopens the Victim Compensation Fund. For more information, see “What is the Zadroga Act?

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