bluePRINT in Focus – Part 1: A New Tool for Officer Safety

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The death toll is in from 2016 and the numbers are daunting. Overall officer deaths are up by 10% over 2015. Even scarier is the 56% increase in officer deaths from gunfire since 2015. It is reported that officers feel safest in their own buildings and patrol cars, but that false sense of security puts them in more danger […]

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Interview with Mounted Police Officer John Braun

Interview with Mounted Police Officer John Braun

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Lately it seems like everyone is yearning for the simpler times of the past. Before the invention of the automobile, police officers conducted business on horseback. And many officers still do–they’re called a “mounted police officer” or the “mounted unit.” I’ve always been fascinated by the mounted police officer, probably because I grew up watching […]

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SoundOff Attends 2017 Michigan State Police Vehicle Testing

SoundOff Attends 2017 Michigan State Police Vehicle Testing

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The annual Michigan State Police Vehicle Testing is a big deal. Since 1975, these evaluations of sedans, SUVs and motorcycles have helped police departments across the United States make unbiased and informed decisions on what vehicles to add to their fleets. Because each precinct faces different types of terrain and public challenges, the testing focuses on a broad […]

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Own the Zone: Promoting Safety on the Road

Own the Zone: Promoting Safety on the Road

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Fall is officially here… Pumpkin spice flavoring has taken over our brew houses and grocery stores, people are in never-ending debates about football, and our morning commutes just got longer thanks to the frequent stops demanded by the school busses once again sharing our routes. Not only can these giant yellow hogs-on-wheels can be an inconvenience sometimes, […]

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The K9 Unit | Police Dogs and How They are Trained

The K9 Unit | Police Dogs and How They are Trained

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the police force is without question the police dog and its handler, also called the K9 unit. Canines have been used for security and hunting by humans since Roman times, and were introduced in modern law enforcement well over a hundred years ago. Bloodhounds were reported to have helped […]

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