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"No-go" is the hardest call of all

Those of us who date our start in law enforcement to the 1970s have seen many dramatic changes in the profession.  In the 1970s, very few officers had a college degree but nowadays it seems that most have some type of higher education. It was not very long ago that nearly everyone carried a revolver but the semi-automatic has become nearly ubiquitous on the police officer’s duty belt. Back then, most cars had a shotgun racked up on the dash but now we see officers walking with a rifle on a tactical sling.

One retired friend summed it up well by saying, “When I started we discussed which load you carried in your .357 and how many cubic inches you had under the hood. Now these kids discuss which brand of running shoes they wear and how much RAM they have in their computer.”

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