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Strobes give officers a tactical advantage over suspects

It appears strobing definitely "opens doors," as Chiodo says. The purpose of strobing is to give an officer control over the target, reducing the ability of targets to aggress the user. This control reduces the potential for harm to the officer and the subject. The strobing tactical light is one of the best modernizations of the officer's toolkit.

Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches Administration of Justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. He may be reached at

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