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Week 399
August 18, 2008

Editor's Note:

Check out the latest selection of real-life inspired fiction from the novel S.W.A.T.: Blue Knights in Black Armor by Lt. Dan Marcou. In related news, we'd like to welcome Dan to the PoliceOne roster of writers; Dan will be writing articles and tips related to SWAT techniques and training.

PoliceOne will continue to provide excerpts from this and other works — officer-authored fiction, autobiographies, analysis, etc. — from the ever-expanding PoliceOne library. If you missed the first installment of Dan's series of book excerpts, you can check that out here.

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

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In another move to facilitate communication with other agencies, Michigan State Police began using a digital radio system so that emergency officials can easily reach outside counties. [State trooper Carissa Schneider pictured above] (AP Photo)
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