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JAN 2019

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72 P O L I C E J A N UA R Y 2 019 T his month we're launching a new section of the magazine aptly called "Looking Back" dedicated to looking back at POLICE Magazine's long his- tory. e publication started in 1976, and needless to say much has changed in law enforcement since then. is month, we'll look at January issues from 10, 20, and 30 years ago. 2009 WHAT WILL HE DO? Long before calls to drain the swamp, law enforcement officers were ap- prehensive about President-elect Barack Obama's plans. Worries included Obama putting liberal justices on the Supreme Court; being soft on crime; and instituting gun control, counter-terrorism, and immigration policies that would adversely affect law enforcement officers. We now know how all of that played out. BARACK OBAMA, AEDS, AND AIDS IN PAST JANUARY ISSUES, POLICE COVERED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS' FEARS AS A DEMOCRAT WAS ENTERING THE WHITE HOUSE, TOOLS FOR RENDERING AID TO HEART ATTACK VICTIMS, AND TIPS FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASE PROTECTION. H MELANIE BASICH LOOKING BACK 1999 DEFIBRILLATORS CHARGING UP AMERICA'S LAW ENFORCEMENT FIRST-RESPONSE ABILITIES e cover story for January 1999 discussed law enforce- ment agencies beginning to acquire and train officers to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Before then the devices used to jumpstart a heart had been mostly relegated to use by hospitals and paramedics (not yet re- ferred to as EMTs). e article cites the Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff's Office as the first known law enforcement agency in Arizona to deploy AEDs in its patrol vehicles. Today, AEDs are available in many public places, and newer models are made to be much easier for even some- one with no training to use. But they are not everywhere, and law enforcement officers are still often the first on scene when someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. Many agencies still struggle to pay for enough devices to equip all their patrol vehicles, as well as replacing outdat- ed models.

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