Archive for the ‘LE’ Category

Stay Strong Baton Rouge

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Baton Rouge has had some rough times lately, but the murder of three police officers and the wounding of four more, by persons unknown, is just too much.  

BRPD and the local community remain in our thoughts and prayers.  May they find peace and heal any division.

For God’s sake, let’s stay safe out there!

Warrior East – High Ground Gear Ballistic Shield

Friday, July 15th, 2016

High Geound Gear hadn’t planned on releasing this ballistic shield yet, but based on recent events, they moved it up. The handle is a boltless design that doesn’t compromise the integrity of the armor, but rather clamps at the bottom and sides.  It offers Level 3+ protection and the screenshot below details the threats from the ballistic lab test.

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Daniel Defense Teams with Industry Partners to Assist Law Enforcement with Training

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

Black Creek, GA – July 8, 2016 – Daniel Defense, engineer and manufacturer of the world’s finest firearms and accessories, today announced it has partnered with Ballistic Radio & 88 Tactical to offer a FREE Vehicle Close Quarters Defensive course to Local Law Enforcement Agencies in Georgia and surrounding states.

First, our thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of The Dallas Police Ambush. First responders face more sophisticated enemies than ever before, and often times do so while under-equipped, and under-trained. We must as a country help protect those who protect us, and one of the ways that we can do this is by ensuring that the men and women who put their lives on the line have the best chance we can give them to make it home to their family at the end of the day. To that end:

Daniel Defense is pleased to announce that through our industry partnership with Ballistic Radio, will be offering a unique training experience from 88 Tactical’s William Petty, Trevor Thrasher, and Shea Degan, FREE OF CHARGE, to men and women of law enforcement. This will be a 4-day training event featuring Petty’s Vehicle Close Quarters Combat Instructor Program, and Thrasher’s Active Killer Interdiction program, which has been widely adopted at law enforcement agencies across the nation.

A final date has not been set yet, but as of right now it looks as if this course will be offered Quarter 1 of 2017 near our Georgia facility. There will be 20 FREE spots available, which should allow separate agencies to each send one individual officer to learn the curriculum, and take it back to train their department. More information, such as how to submit an application to attend the course, will be made available as we finalize details at the beginning of the week. For right now just know that we are with you, we support what you do for us, and we have your back.

Radical Firearms Raising Funds To Donate Patrol Rifles To LE

Friday, July 8th, 2016

It pains us as a nation to see how many law enforcement officers over the last few weeks, specifically here in TEXAS, have been killed in the line of duty. These men and women are our neighbors, friends, and family, here to protect us from evil. We have to give our officers the ability to match force with force. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the fallen officers as well as the wounded officers that were trying to preserve peace. We cannot sit idly by as these horrendous acts happen…

Today, we are taking the initiative and starting a campaign to help protect as many Law Enforcement Officers as we can in the case their department doesn’t issue an officer a rifle. We are putting plans in motion to help Law Enforcement Officers get peace of mind back to be able to match or exceed the force they are put against.

We are accepting direct donations for Radical Firearms Blueline rifles that will go directly to a Law Enforcement Officer, starting with officers in Dallas, Texas.

With every $500 donated, one of our Radical Firearms Blueline rifles will go directly to a peace officer within 24hrs.

There are two levels of donation:

A) $100 Level
Every person that donates $100 will get a Radical Firearms Gift Bag Filled with goodies.

B) $250 Level
Every $250 donation will get a Gift Certificate for $100 to use at

There is no limit to how much you can make a difference in helping our law enforcement family.

Direct links to donate can be found here:

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Revision Helmet Saved Orlando SWAT Officer’s Life

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

By now, we’ve all seen the photo of the ballistic helmet that saved Orlando SWAT officer Michael Napolitano during the shootout with an Islamic terrorist at the Pulse nightclub a few weeks ago. Now, we know that the helmet was a Batlskin Viper A3, manufactured by Revision in their Newport, Vermont factory on July 29, 2014.

This version of the Batlskin Viper A3 has the midcut ‘Gunfighter’ geometry applied to an ACH style shell. Looking at the photo, the helmet was obviously fitted with a one-hole night vision shroud which was sheared off from the impact of the projectile. It is a NIJ level IIIA helmet made from aramid and was fielded with an ACH-style four-point chinstrap and proprietary pads.

As you can see, Officer Napolitano was injured, but the important point is that he survived. Events like this remond us why Law enforcement officers need access to personal protective equipment, since their jobs are inherently dangerous. Hopefully, they’ll monitor him for TBI.

‘Lethal Force’ by Tony Long

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Some of SSDs readers, and those in the trade, may remember Tony from his time with Edgar Brothers but may not know that having retired in 2008 after 33 years service with the London Met and 25 years with the Met’s Specialist Firearms team, in 2014 he was charged with the death of an armed suspect who together with two others were on route to rob and kill rival drug dealers. Tony faced a murder trial in 2015 and was rightly acquitted. He has written the book ‘Lethal Force‘ to put the record straight and explain the difficulties of being an armed officer within a police service and a society that is predominately unarmed. I can’t wait to read it.

Spirit of Blue Foundation Awards Patrol Rifle Grant To Cicero (NY) Police Department

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Cicero Police Department Receives Patrol Rifle Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation.

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – June 13, 2016 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Cicero Police Department (CPD) for the acquisition of three AR-15 style rifles and essential accessories, valued at $9,065.43. The rifles constitute the creation of the CPD’s patrol rifle program, a capability they do not currently have, for the protection of its officers. CPD Officers will be trained in their use and the rifles and accessories will be staged in patrol cars for deployment.

Spirit of Blue presented the Cicero Police Department three LMT Defense rifles along with essential accessories to start their patrol rifle program. Receiving the grant was Town Councilor Mike Becallo; Town Supervisor Mark Venesky; Sergeant James Snell; and Chief Joseph Snell (left to right). The grant was presented by Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith (center).

“These rifles will be a great asset to the Department and the community. It is important that we are prepared to respond to critical incidents with the proper equipment,” commented Chief Joseph Snell of the Cicero Police Department. “Having the proper equipment and resources provides a higher level of safety for our Officers and the residents of Cicero.”

The CQB16 rifles were generously donated by premier rifle manufacturer LMT Defense, which was founded in 1980 to provide the US Military, law enforcement and government agencies with precision engineered, high quality weapons. Since that time LMT Defense has gone on to distribute its product to militaries, national police agencies and VIP protection details in 43 nations around the world. Each rifle will come complete with an EOTech Holographic Weapon Sight, Magpul Back-Up Sights and five 30-round PMAG ammunition magazines, a Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Chest Rig and VCAS weapon sling, all donated by their respective manufacturers.

“At the most basic level a rifle is a tool, and these are tools that any modern law enforcement agency must have to protect its officers and the residents they serve,” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “We are pleased to be able provide these tools to the Cicero Police Department and we are grateful to our many safety grant sponsors who donated their great products to make this grant possible.”

Statistics preliminarily released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 44 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2016, a decrease of 8% so far from the prior year. But 20 of those deaths were firearm related, a 25% increase over the same period in 2015. The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit

Norwegian Police Adopt Arc’teryx Jacket System

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Recently I started hearing about major interest in Arc’teryx clothing by Law Enforcement in Norway. Earlier today, made an announcement about the purchase of a three jacket system for Norway’s Police. Police Director Odd Reidar Humlegård signed the agreement just after the noon hour.

I’d say “congratulations!” to Arc’teryx but the real winners for the Norwegians. These new jackets will replace the old model which is leather and has been in service since 1994. This selection is the culmination of almost three years and the participation of nine different suppliers with 135 officers testing the garments. It also puts all Norwegian Police, Corrections and Customs in a common uniform.

Although the deal is more expensive than other options (50-60 million Kroner), the General Police Services chose the system the Police liked best. Specifically, Norwegian Police will receive the Alpha Jacket, Drac and Atom LT and fielding will begin in 2017.

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