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Pistolcraft for the Tactical Operator

The course titled “Pistolcraft for the Tactical Operator” is a short four-to-six-hour (depending on the number of people in attendance) firearms training segment presented at the annual SWAT academy hosted by the South Suburban Emergency Response Team

Pot Shots

It seems that good quality firearms are still hard to get. Prices haven’t gone up much in the last year, but availability is the issue. No definitive word on if the availability issue is due to

Museum Notes – Spring 2022

Tourism to the Space Coast of Florida was very strong during the first quarter of 2022 with museum attendance well ahead of pre-COVID numbers! We have been focused on enhancing the visitor experience at the Hall of

Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves (July 1838-January 1910) was the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Born into slavery, Reeves gained his freedom during the Civil War, possibly getting into an altercation with his enslaver

The Importance of Authority

It has been a tough couple of years for police departments and their officers. A record number of law enforcement officers (458) were killed in the line of duty in 2021, with many losing their lives to

Letters to the Editor

NACOP Gift Program A Fun Surprise Dear NACOP, Hello, thank you so much for my presents! I am about to play the IQ Link game, and I can’t wait to start making the off-road rover car!

A Valuable Weapon For The Toolbox

It’s 3 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va., at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Tournament. The long-awaited match is about to begin between two Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors. The first competitor is a judo champion and coming off

UNIQUE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, Part VII

Oh, say can you see American police officers standing tall What so proudly we hail’d Saving those from oppression, violence and crime through the perilous fight … so gallantly Forsaking their own safety to bravely protect

Sustainability for Today and Tomorrow

I have a problem … I have a thriving School Resource Officer (SRO) program. I know, it doesn’t sound like a problem, but hear me out.  My school resource officer is visible and social. The school district

Safeguarding America’s Protectors: A Community Responsibility

It has been my privilege to address law enforcement agencies through published works in The Chief of Police for 13 years, and audiences nationwide for more than 20 years. These initiatives have addressed issues, including ethical policing,

Mass Demonstration Recommendations

The challenges to their profession are daunting. We continually witness accelerating violence, apathy, distrust, cynicism and callousness throughout society.

Understanding the Profession

The challenges of policing in America are at a critical crossroads, and a transformative commitment to the profession is necessary. Challenges facing police agencies and departments are numerous. These include the overriding issue of building bridges of

Letters to the Editor

Camp Scholarship Made For Incredible Summer Dear NACOP Donors, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity in providing our daughter an amazing summer camp opportunity at Red Cliff Bible Camp! Campers had

The North Pole Gift Program

In 1990, the Police Hall of Fame began the North Pole Gift Program, which provides age-appropriate gifts to the surviving children of American police officers who died in the line of duty. These gifts are sent

Museum Notes

Museum attendance continues to be strong during this winter season! Looks like lots of folks are coming to Florida to escape cold weather and enjoy all the Space Coast has to offer. In December, we hosted

Pot Shots – Feb. 2022

Good news! The price of firearms is holding stable and has been so for about nine months. The price of the average firearm did increase from 25 percent to 50 percent from mid-2019 to mid-2021, but

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