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Week 416
Dec. 17, 2008

Editor's Note:

Many LEOs want gift ideas for friends and fellow officers. PoliceOne columnist Betsy Brantner-Smith offers some advice in today’s tip, and P1 Tech Help columnist John Rivera gives some ideas for "tech toys" that officers might like.

As the resident “words guy” at PoliceOne, I’ll be giving Charles Remsberg's excellent new book Blood Lessons: What Cops Learn From Life-Or-Death Encounters, Lt. Dan Marcou’s outstanding second novel, S.W.A.T. Blue Knights in Black Armor, Randy Sutton’s marvelous anthology TRUE BLUE: To Protect and Serve, and Fred Burton’s gripping autobiography, GHOST, Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent. Be sure to check out Looseleaf Law Publications for a wide variety of exceptional law enforcement books.

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

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Mexican drug smugglers pose top crime threat

Drugs and weapons are shown at the state police building in Tijuana, Mexico. With President-elect Barack Obama taking charge in Washington, Latin American nations are doing all they can to keep the U.S. focused on the region wide battle against drugs. (AP Photo)


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P1 Tactical Tip
A sergeant's tip for holiday giving


PoliceOne Career Survival Columnist Betsy Brantner Smith says that as a patrol sergeant who supervises a group of really great cops, she likes to come up with a nice gift for each of them for the holiday season. “This year I'm gong to do things a little differently,” she says ... Full tip

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News and Announcements

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MPRI Announces the Sale of 12 Driver Simulators to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
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Highway Patrol officer hit by vehicle dies
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'Routine' traffic stop turns into high speed chase
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Va. police search for man who shot sheriff's deputy, 2 others
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Walsh case transformed missing kid searches
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Ore. officers thought bomb was hoax
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States increasingly put criminal records online
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Utah standoff suspect's determination surprised police
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N.M. crisis team officers aid those with nowhere else to turn
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Calif. police grapple with officer suicides
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