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Lance Eldridge

All Law Enforcement is Local

Retiring after nearly 22 years of active duty in the Army, Lance Eldridge worked as the director of a law enforcement training academy and served as a rural patrol deputy and patrol officer in Colorado. While in the military, he held leadership positions in a variety of organizations and has written extensively about US military strategy, operations, and history. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Norwegian Staff College. He holds a Masters Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in national security strategy, European regional security, US history, and terrorism. He now works in northern Virginia.

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A current industry trend is to get the smallest, most concealable — and easy to shoot — guns to market and the caliber of choice for many of the newest releases is in the .380 ACP cartridge
The current marketplace is full of options at varying price points that should be able to meet the requirements of even the most discerning officer
The challenge for officers and departments is to identify the purpose of an illumination system and then find the product that best meets their needs
Law enforcement should recognize the close connection between use of force and officer integrity as well as the reality that there does have to be meaningful discussion about race in America
In a free society, the relationship between police and citizens must remain the fundamental issue that demands vigilance, but one must wonder whether a nationwide commission is the answer
The standoff between the Bureau of Land Management and rancher Cliven Bundy has ended (for now) but should give local law enforcers something to consider as a possibility in their own jurisdiction
Technology is one way to assure officers have the opportunity to exercise skills from verbal de-escalation to deadly force
After the efforts to establish responsibility, remember the bravery of the responding officers
The Third Amendment, with some procedural exceptions, is the one that prohibits the quartering of troops in private homes