Posted by Nick Hrkman | Fire and Rescue, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, PPE, Safety, Safety
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 9:03 am

Liquid body armor headed for EMS and law enforcement?


Scientists and engineers at defence security company, BAE systems, have created a custard-like liquid, which will give British troops greater protection and ease of movement on the battlefield.

The technology, dubbed ‘liquid armour’, has been designed to fit between sheets of strong material such as Kevlar and hardens when struck to help shield and protect soldiers.

Unlike ceramic-based armour plates used in current body armour systems to cover large areas of the torso, the technology is not heavy.

Bullet-proof jackets made from the liquid could be widely used in the Army within two years.

BAE spokesman Stewart Penney said: “The technology is best explained by the example of stirring water with a spoon.

“In water you feel little resistance to the spoon. Whereas with liquid armour you would feel significant resistance as the elements in the fluid lock together.

“The faster you stir, the harder it gets, so when a projectile impacts the material at speed, it hardens very quickly and absorbs the impact energy.”

“In addition to increasing the ballistic performance of combat body armour there is potential for developing a version that could be of interest to police forces and ambulance crews,” Penney added.

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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

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.


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

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 | General, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, Performance
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 7:01 am

A look at the next generation of Glock

Paul Markel, Firearms Contributor

“So what’s the big deal? They changed the grip or something?” The question was posed by a cop friend and the subject was the new GLOCK 23 Generation 4 model. Recently I had the opportunity to closely examine the new GLOCK Model 23 in the current configuration and now feel better qualified to tackle that question.

Veteran police officers today are intimately familiar with the GLOCK series of pistols. Many of them can remember the big deal it was when GLOCK added the accessory rail and finger grooves to the frame. The differences between the original GLOCK 17 and Generation 2 versions were slight and primarily aimed at staying in the good graces of the United States BATFE.


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Posted by Hayley Fudge | Events, Fire and Rescue, General, Health, Health, Law Enforcement, News, PPE, PPE, Performance, Performance, Safety, Safety, Training
Friday, January 14th, 2011 8:01 am

A new year. A brand new LION.

LION, formerly referred to as Lion Apparel, constantly raises the bar for personal protective equipment and services for first responders through innovative product research, ground-breaking design and “smart” services that keep you safer longer. LION is the game-changer: we redefine safety, readiness and identity. “Apparel” no longer adequately describes the full range of products and services we have to offer. Our product line brands like LION Janesville Turnouts, LION Paul Conway Helmets, LION StationWear, LION CBRN and LION Technical Footwear offer the most innovative gear firefighters, EMS, law enforcement and military personnel. Our services like LION TotalCare keep you safer for longer by offering you inspection, cleaning, maintenance and repair services so you can focus on doing the job you’re trained to do.

We’re excited to share these new changes with you. Check out our redesigned corporate website at We also hope that you’ll continue to follow our daily updates of first responder health, safety and performance news on Join LION on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to continuing to provide heroes with the world’s most technologically advanced personal protective equipment and services. Get ready for action.

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Events, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Friday, November 5th, 2010 9:11 am

ALERT: Wisconsin’s combined regional SWAT task force

By Lt. Dan Marcou

Colonel Ardant du Picq, a noted military theorist who lived in the middle of the nineteenth century, is widely credited with saying, “Four brave men who do not know each other will not dare attack a lion. Four less brave, but knowing each other well, sure of their reliability, and consequently of mutual aid, will attack resolutely.” This is the essence of a system being put together in Wisconsin that will deliver enhanced tactical capability through specialized critical equipment, advanced tactics, and a highly coordinated response plan in the event of major incident.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Health, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Thursday, October 21st, 2010 9:10 am

Sharpening your skill with an edged backup weapon

By Hank Hayes

As a senior knife instructor for military and law enforcement — as well as a combatives practitioner for more than 37 years — I think the idea of having a usable backup edged weapon is vital. What I mean by usable is often we get very comfortable with having a folder on our person but don’t realize that getting that folder into play is a lot harder than one might think.

Try this exercise: Put your folder in your standard carry location. Do five circular pivots with one hand on a basketball or object on the ground then do to fine up/downs and deploy your edged weapon. Do this exercise 10 times. If you can get your blade into play 8 out 10 times quickly then you have a solid base line to work from. If you find yourself fumbling with your blade and have to do two-handed openings you should either:

A) Learn a new deployment technique
B) Buy a new folder that you can deploy quickly without fail
C) Get a fixed blade that you can get a positive grip on in wet, dark, and in a startled state

Do you actively practice with a backup edged weapon? Do you prefer fixed or folding blades?

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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, General, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance
Monday, October 11th, 2010 9:10 am

Law enforcement interviewing advice offers some helpful advice when interviewing for a new law enforcement position. You can find more information about law enforcement career opportunities on their site.

The interview is usually the first opportunity an agency has to meet you. Therefore, you want to make a good impression. Your goal is to convince them that you possess the qualities of a good police officer. Before you even enter the interview room, there are several things you will want to consider in preparation for the interview.


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Health, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 9:09 am

Be prepared for the unexpected: 3 tips to keep you on your toes

By Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith

Workplace violence seems to be back in the news again, with a man taking hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters building in Silver Spring Maryland on Wednesday. Although your average nine-to-five worker doesn’t anticipate facing an explosive-wielding gunman at the office, that’s exactly what your average cop has to be prepared to respond to, any where, any time. Are you ready?


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Posted by Nick Hrkman | Care and Usage, Law Enforcement, PPE, Performance, Safety
Friday, August 20th, 2010 9:08 am

The value of a well trained officer

William L. Harvey

I always enjoy attending the expo at my state chiefs training conference. I go wading through the sea of techno cool stuff. Programs here, gadgets there and the techno-crowd all become giggly. My problem is that it goes without saying; I have not seen a gadget solve, or for that matter arrest, book or pop out a set of handcuffs yet. OK, I know about computer tracking, evidence tracking and all the cool nicky neat gadgets but I sometimes am not the more high tech guy in the crowd.


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