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  • Unions- who needs 'em?

    American Police Beat Magazine | Law Enforcement Publication
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Editor's note: The following is the actual want ad posted to recruit police officers back in the days of horses and buggies. If you ever wondered what it is that unions actually do, this is a great example of what working conditions are like when you're an "at-will" employee. Meal breaks? Forget it. There are no breaks. If you get hungry eat that sandwich you're allowed to carry in your hat. Now for the historical want-ad!  "I want you for PEEL’S Police (circa 1839)"
  • In Memoriam Deputy Mike Severson

    Law Enforcement Today
    Patrick Sharkey
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sheriff Peter Johnson of the Polk County Sheriff Department sadly reports that Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson, 51, has passed away. Years ago, back on April 19, 1991, deputies from the Burnett County Sheriff Department received information that a suspect involved in a shooting in Minnesota was near the Webster Elementary School in their county.  Deputy Allen Albee headed to the scene as a request for assistance was sent to Polk County Sheriff Department nearby.  Deputy Mike Severson responded as well as other officers. As officers surrounded the area, Albee and Severson located the…
  • NorCal baby dies after being forgotten in hot car

    PoliceLink
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
  • Portable Scene Light

    POLICE Magazine
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Streamlight’s rechargeable Portable Scene Light features 3,600 lumens,  a narrow footprint, and a 72-inch telescoping extension pole, enabling first responders to use it almost anywhere for scene lighting, from wide, open places to confined work areas. The easy-to-stow light also delivers up to 18 hours of run time to accommodate entire work shifts.    Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a week? Subscribe to award winning OnTarget newsletter!
  • Fallen deputy killed by Dorner remembered at highway dedication

    PoliceOne Daily News
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    By Kristina Hernandez Redlands Daily Facts YUCAIPA, Calif. — Motorists traveling through the San Bernardino Mountains along Highway 38 will now see memorial signs paying tribute to fallen San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay. One of the green and white "Detective Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway" signs was unveiled at Yucaipa Community Park during a gathering of law enforcement and political leaders Wednesday morning. "Let this stretch of highway serve as a permanent sign of the gratitude, the deep gratitude of the people you serve," said 33rd…
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  • Unions- who needs 'em?

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Editor's note: The following is the actual want ad posted to recruit police officers back in the days of horses and buggies. If you ever wondered what it is that unions actually do, this is a great example of what working conditions are like when you're an "at-will" employee. Meal breaks? Forget it. There are no breaks. If you get hungry eat that sandwich you're allowed to carry in your hat. Now for the historical want-ad!  "I want you for PEEL’S Police (circa 1839)"
  • Who protects the Protectors?

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    City Politicians take gun away from True Blue Sister who is battling terminal cancer - They want her in a forced retirement just months before her 25 years of service - Her Chief went against the order and stood up for this Hero - Now we need to stand up and step up for one of our own!
  • Big hearts with badges

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    “'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.” Supposedly some guy called Jesus of Nazareth said something along those lines while he was preaching across Galilee a couple thousand years back. To understand what the meaning of that translation is all about, you can’t do much better than a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle about a group of police officers that helped out a homeless family in trouble.
  • Who's the Boss?

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Depending on whom you're talking to, President Obama is a ruthless tyrant, an empty suit or something in the middle. But here's a question for the folks that believe that our 44th President is in fact a tyrannical overlord with no respect for the law or the Constitution. What kind of strongman allows his own employees and appointees to ignore his orders and publicly paint their boss as an idiot? Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Michele Leonhart was testifying yesterday in a closed hearing before a House Appropriations subcommittee.
  • The Perforated Cross - A true story

    12 Nov 2013 | 9:14 am
    The date was May 15th, 1977 when my life changed forever. I was a police officer with the Burbank Police Department in California. Working a special burglary suppression detail in plain clothes, I was driving an unmarked police vehicle. We had been experiencing numerous business burglaries in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. I was patrolling the alleys behind the businesses, when I felt ill. It was five o'clock in the morning so I drove to the Police Department to request a few hours off. While standing in the Watch Commander's office an alert tone sounded. The alert was dispatched as…
 
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  • In Memoriam Deputy Mike Severson

    Patrick Sharkey
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sheriff Peter Johnson of the Polk County Sheriff Department sadly reports that Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson, 51, has passed away. Years ago, back on April 19, 1991, deputies from the Burnett County Sheriff Department received information that a suspect involved in a shooting in Minnesota was near the Webster Elementary School in their county.  Deputy Allen Albee headed to the scene as a request for assistance was sent to Polk County Sheriff Department nearby.  Deputy Mike Severson responded as well as other officers. As officers surrounded the area, Albee and Severson located the…
  • The Enemy Within: SOP & Tactics of Toxic Law Enforcement Bosses

    ToxicBossBlues
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Management toxicity, a plague denied by many in law enforcement leadership positions. It is the elephant in the room for public safety. Practitioners know that the problem is real and that its impact is poisonous. A large percentage of officers feel far more stress from their own supervision than they do from simply doing their job. More than a few officers believe they have been victimized by those who are in charge at their own workplace. In law enforcement circles, it is often said that threats from the street are potentially lethal, but that the threat from the enemy within is a far worse…
  • Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

    Mike Roche
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    A year has passed since two pressure cooker bombs concealed in backpacks detonated, killing three people and injuring more than 160 near the Boston Marathon finish line. At least 16 people lost limbs. The community responded with strength and resilience. The Boston Bombers provide an interesting dynamic. The older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a loser. At the age of twenty-six, he was a washed-up boxer. As an accomplished local boxer, who had won the Gold Gloves competition, he had dreams of becoming an Olympic boxer only to be derailed by the U.S. policy of banning non-citizens from…
  • The Stillborn Crack Baby: Is it a Homicide?

    david waksman
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:58 am
    Rennie Gibbs is a 16 year old from rural Mississippi who used drugs during her pregnancy and delivered a stillborn baby.  The umbilical cord is wrapped around its neck.  Yes, it’s a tragedy, but is it a homicide? Gibbs’ case is now awaiting trial.  The question is:  Does cocaine kill, and if so, how much does it take? Putting aside political and religiously held feelings (which is difficult for many), will allow us to analyze the legal issues presented. Most states do not recognize the unborn child to be a person until it is born and “living independently” from the mother.  A…
  • A Difficult Time for Boston Area First Responders

    Mark St.Hilaire
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Within the past several weeks, the Boston and eastern Massachusetts area first responders faced the tragic and untimely deaths of brothers of the shield. On Wednesday March 26, Boston Fire Lt. Ed Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed while fighting a giant windswept 9-alarm fire. On Tuesday April 1, Plymouth Police Motorcycle Officer Gregg Maloney, 44 was killed on-duty when his department motorcycle crashed along a reported dangerous section of roadway. On Saturday April 5, Easton Police Officer Charles Hopkins, 40 died suddenly while on duty at his home during his patrol…
 
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  • Portable Scene Light

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Streamlight’s rechargeable Portable Scene Light features 3,600 lumens,  a narrow footprint, and a 72-inch telescoping extension pole, enabling first responders to use it almost anywhere for scene lighting, from wide, open places to confined work areas. The easy-to-stow light also delivers up to 18 hours of run time to accommodate entire work shifts.    Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a week? Subscribe to award winning OnTarget newsletter!
  • FLHTP Electra Glide Police Motorcycle

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycles are the FLHTP Electra Glide, FLHP Road King, and XL883L Sportster. There's no greater symbol of respect and authority than seeing officers on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Over 3,700 U.S. law enforcement agencies trust Harley-Davidson motorcycles to protect the communities they serve. There's something undeniably right about a cop on a Harley-Davidson.   Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a week? Subscribe to award winning OnTarget newsletter!
  • Salt Lake City PD Rape Data to Go Online

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank ripped into City Councilman Kyle LaMalfa on Wednesday for impugning detectives who investigate rape allegations — and then he outlined a groundbreaking initiative that would make such inquiries transparent, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.Burbank put forward his "Code R Kit Project," which would post online information on 625 rape cases but would protect the identity of victims. It would allow the public to see if forensic rape kits were forwarded to the state crime lab for processing, post the evidence from the rape-kit analysis, and note whether…
  • Heat Map Analytics

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Spillman Technologies' tightly integrated intelligence-led policing tools like map-based analytics, extensive searching capabilities, and community crime maps enable field personnel, officers, and supervisors, to analyze agency data in meaningful ways in order to make better decisions about where to allocate resources. Spillman Technologies is the industry leader in multi-jurisdictional data sharing, total product integration, and reliable customer service.  Like this story? Want to know why tens of thousands of law enforcement people receive stories like this in their email twice a…
  • Flyers Threatening Albuquerque Officers Appear in Newspapers

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    VIDEO: Flyers Threatening Albuquerque Officers Appear in NewspapersIt's been a tumultuous few weeks for Albuquerque Police, from the protests, to the Department of Justice report. Now police say someone is making death threats against officers, and they're popping up all over the city, on light poles and in the newspaper, reports krqu.com.Several people who get their newspaper from stands along Central Avenue near the University of New Mexico Campus said they found flyers stuffed inside copies of the Albuquerque Journal that state, "save a life, kill a cop."Albuquerque Journal news stands…
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  • Fallen deputy killed by Dorner remembered at highway dedication

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    By Kristina Hernandez Redlands Daily Facts YUCAIPA, Calif. — Motorists traveling through the San Bernardino Mountains along Highway 38 will now see memorial signs paying tribute to fallen San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay. One of the green and white "Detective Jeremiah MacKay Memorial Highway" signs was unveiled at Yucaipa Community Park during a gathering of law enforcement and political leaders Wednesday morning. "Let this stretch of highway serve as a permanent sign of the gratitude, the deep gratitude of the people you serve," said 33rd…
  • Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Bob Salsberg Associated Press BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a mental disorder, rattled nerves as Boston prepared for the annual race, but authorities said they did not consider it a security breach. Officials also expressed confidence in heightened security measures for Monday's event while acknowledging the challenge of protecting an…
  • TacView releases patrol version pole camera for police

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    By PoliceOne Staff TacView released a new PV Tactical pole camera — a pole-mounted color camera streamlined for first responders to monitor rooms with or without light. The weatherproof, super-HAD camera is equipped with a 6.0 mm lens, an IR illuminator that turns on automatically for night vision, and a 6.5-inch color/infrared monitor. The pole can expand from 3 to 10 feet and the durable Pyrex lens is contained in a 2-inch black metal housing. The camera includes a carrying case and a chest harness and vest clamp for mounting the monitor onto the front or back of a uniform or…
  • Calif. officials prepare to snuff out '420' madness

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    By Marisa Lagos San Francisco Chronicle SAN FRANCISCO — "If everyone would just be cool, it's cool." — San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr. That was the message from city officials Wednesday as they discussed plans to deal with Sunday's annual "420" pot-smoking celebration, which last year left the city to clean up 10,000 pounds of trash, brought traffic in the Haight to a standstill and led to a fight. At a press conference led by Supervisor London Breed, whose district includes the Haight and Golden Gate Park — where most of last year's…
  • Funding for Maine cold case squad could come from new DOJ grants

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Christopher Cousins Bangor Daily News AUGUSTA, Maine — Attorney General Janet Mills is working with Rep. Mike Michaud to find federal funding for the creation of a cold case squad in Maine aimed at solving more than 100 open homicide cases. The announcement from Michaud comes three days after Gov. Paul LePage sent a letter to members of the state's congressional delegation requesting money to support a bill that has been approved by the Legislature, LD 1734, but is in danger of failure because of a lack of available state funds. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice's…
 
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  • The Importance of Law Enforcement Customer Service

    JohnHardway
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    On a recent call, Bullethead took a serious injury from one of the department’s K-9s. His subsequent struggle with getting the needed treatment dealt him a lesson in the importance of being there to serve citizens, professionally and promptly.
  • Predictive Policing: Dispelling the Myths

    JohnHardway
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    As crime analysis and prediction has gained more attention in the media and popular culture, many myths about it have arisen. Susan Smith addresses what predictive policing can and cannot do. Every tool requires a common element: proficient human expertise to handle each properly.
  • Additional Guidelines for the Use of Lethal Force

    JohnHardway
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Building on his March 2014 column, R.K. Miller provides additional consideration for LEOs when using force, especially lethal force. Every day you carry a gun—regardless of assignment—your firearms competency level should be based on the fact that somewhere over the horizon is the possibility that you will have to use that weapon accurately, thoughtfully and reasonably. Photo Courtesy R.K. Miller
  • An Open Letter to Officers and Their Families

    JohnHardway
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    One year ago, Christy Freeman’s husband was shot seven times while on duty in a small, affluent community. His preparation and actions saved his life. Now, Freeman appeals to all officers to examine their own preparation and fight complacency. The author with her husband, David Freeman of Alpharetta (Ga.) PD. He survived an attack in which he was shot seven times. Photo Courtesy Christy Freeman
  • Counter-Gang Strategy, Part 2

    JohnHardway
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    How to beat gangs with intelligence & community buy-in
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  • The Gangs of Los Angeles, Part 6

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    FBI Los Angeles Assistant Special Agent in Charge Robert Clark draws from his own experience as he works to dismantle violent gangs, help young people avoid the gang life, and empower residents to take back their neighborhoods.
  • Students Abroad Warned of Foreign Intelligence Threat

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The FBI has ramped up efforts to educate American university students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of knowingly or unknowingly getting caught up in espionage activities.
  • William Bradford Bishop, Jr. Added to Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    William Bradford Bishop, Jr., wanted for the brutal murders of his wife, mother, and three sons in Maryland nearly four decades ago, has been named to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Bishop, a highly intelligent former U.S. Department of State employee who investigators believe may be hiding in plain sight.
  • FBI Honors Community Leaders

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director James Comey presented the Director’s Community Leadership Award to 58 individuals and organizations from communities around the country for their tremendous contributions and efforts to improve lives through service.
  • Child Predator: Help Us Identify John Doe 28

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The FBI is asking for public assistance in identifying a man known only as John Doe 28 after video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a young boy was discovered online.
 
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  • Reentry and the Affordable Care Act

    The Department of Justice
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    This post is courtesy of Associate Attorney General Tony West Earlier this month, at a conference hosted by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services and the journal Health Affairs, I had the opportunity to speak with a distinguished group of policymakers, researchers and health care and criminal justice professionals about the implications of the Affordable […]
  • Naturalization Ceremony Blog Post – “Welcoming New Partners to our Bold Experiment”

    The Department of Justice
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
      This post is courtesy of Associate Attorney General Tony West. On Tuesday, I had the privilege of speaking to hundreds of new citizens at a naturalization ceremony held at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va.  It was an incredible experience — one that made me proud of our country’s well-earned reputation as a beacon […]
  • Promoting and Protecting Human Rights: The Department of Justice’s Commitment to Equality

    The Department of Justice
    14 Mar 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This week, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy Austin is representing the Justice Department in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss Civil Rights law enforcement at the Presentation of the U.S.’ Fourth Periodic Report Concerning the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  He gave the following remarks before the U.N. Human Rights Committee  Thank you, Mary, […]
  • Providing Language Access in the Courts: Working Together to Ensure Justice

    The Department of Justice
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    This post is courtesy of Deeana Jang, Chief of the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section in the Civil Rights Division. Access to courts and administrative proceedings is critically important.    Whether cases involve child custody, domestic violence, eviction, foreclosure, wage claims or criminal prosecution, the stakes are too high for individuals to be effectively excluded from […]
  • The Department of Justice Recognizes National Consumer Protection Week

    The Department of Justice
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:39 am
    Courtesy of Stuart F. Delery, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Those who violate consumer protection laws can cause devastating harm, often hitting our most vulnerable consumers the hardest. Victims of fraud, misrepresentation, and unsafe drug manufacturing and food production practices can lose significant amounts of hard-earned and much-needed money. But they also face a […]
 
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  • NTOA Accepting Applications for Training Program Manager - Closing May 11, 2014

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    The NTOA is currently accepting applications for the position of Training Program Manager. The Training Program Manager directs training activities, seminars and conferences; develops strategic training plans; manages national instructor cadre; and is responsible for training budget preparation and oversight. Download complete job description here. Interested candidates should download an interactive application. Completed applications and resumes should be sent via email to mark.lomax@ntoa.org or mailed to "Training Program Manager Application," PO Box 797, Doylestown, PA 18901. Questions…
  • Now Available in our Bookstore - Rulers of the Night - Volume II

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    NTOA is offering a limited quantity of Rulers of the Night, Volume II, an exceptional book which continues the comprehensive, storied 50-year (1958-2008) history of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED) and its successor, the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB). This edition will be sold exclusively to NTOA members. All books are signed and numbered by the compiler and author, John Kolman. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own a comprehensive chronicle of one of the most respected and experienced tactical units in the United States. If you did…
  • Hostage Survival Probability Model: A Survey

    12 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    The National Tactical Officers Association, in cooperation with The Justice Academy and the California Association of Tactical Officers, is conducting an ongoing study to identify those factors and influences that affect a hostage’s chances of survival. It is believed that this groundbreaking study will provide clues that can be used by tactical commanders to make reliable decisions for courses of action that will enhance the likelihood for a hostage to survive the encounter. Your voluntary participation in this study is vital to collect sufficient data to provide statistically reliable…
  • Webinar - TEMS Update: Future Trends and Lessons Learned - Available to view

    20 Feb 2014 | 1:14 pm
      TEMS Update: Future Trends and Lessons Learned Duration: 1.5 hours NTOA TEMS Section Chair, Dr. Kevin Gerold, discusses the recently-revised NTOA TEMS Position Statement which recognizes that police officers are often the initial responders to active violent incidents and calls for all police officers to receive basic TEMS training. The ability to control life-threatening hemorrhage, triage casualties, establish secure casualty collection points and coordinate care with existing EMS responders have become core law enforcement skills and all police officers should have the basic medical…
  • Exhibitor Hotel

    12 Feb 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The Battlehouse Renaissance Mobile Hotel 26 North Royal StreetMobile, AL 36602 The Exhibitor Show takes place at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. This hotel is located only one block from the Convention Center, within easy walking distance. To receive the special exhibitor room rate of $139, you must book your reservation through:   Julie Saunders, Worldview TravelPhone: 800-774-4174 or 858-756-4174 jsaunders@worldviewtravel.com
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  • Please Help

    Richard
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    If you can help with a few dollars, I would appreciate you supporting Matt DeVito and his family.  A fire destroyed their house and took all of their worldly possessions.  To compound the problem, they had recently moved into this home and it was not yet covered by insurance. Matt’s family needs food, clothes, school supplies and all of the other things that most of us take for granted. Donate here:  http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/fighting-fires-within-the-firearms-community/166573 Even if you can’t donate, I’d appreciate you sharing the information.
  • SeaLife Sea Dragon Mini 600

    Aaron
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Utilizing a wide beam of illumination for area searches, the SeaLife Sea Dragon Mini throws 600 lumens of light from a small, but very rugged, package.  At the 2014 SHOT Show, SeaLife of Moorestown, NJ announced their new Sea Dragon Mini 600 tactical flashlight. Known for their underwater photographic equipment, SeaLife aims to bring the same high-quality engineering standards for flashlights to the tactical environment. The Sea Dragon Mini 600 was originally designed to be a dive light capable of operation down to 330 feet below the water’s surface. One of the key features of the Mini…
  • Best Police Chase…Ever

    Aaron
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:56 pm
  • XADS Ballistic Light Shield

    Aaron
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:27 am
    The SHOT Show produced some interesting new products for the law enforcement community, and the Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (XADS) Light Shield was one of those items. XADS is based out of Anderson, Indiana, and has been producing life-saving less lethal and anti-material directed energy weapons since 2002. XADS has two retired Lt. Generals and a retired Indiana SWAT commander on its advisory board to ensure their products meet real-life operator needs. XADS has already produced the Threat Assessment Laser Illuminator (TALI) which is focused green laser technology designed to…
  • New BulletSafe Body Armor and Rifle Plates

    Randall
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Prior to a large event, we receive a hard-drive-punishing flow of emailed product press releases.  My interest was piqued by a bullet resistant vest company that promised what I thought was a typographical error for their MSRP.  I would definitely be paying a visit to the BulletSafe booth at SHOT Show 2014. At the Show, I met Tom Nardone, BulletSafe’s company president, in their small space at an off-the-main-floor Law Enforcement Vendors ballroom.  Not shy, I had to ask right out of the gate, “Why are your ballistic vests so inexpensive?”  At a suggested retail price of just…
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