Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
You'd never see it in a high-speed pursuit, and no SWAT team would ever consider it for storming a terrorist hideout, but some police departments are finding there's a place for a new and versatile electric vehicle - the GEM - in their fleets.
I get in behind him and with one hand on the mike and the other on the steering wheel, put the license plate out on the air. The suspect slams on the brakes. I drop the mike, steer and brake to avoid hitting the truck.
In keeping up with the expansion of the category "police vehicles," we've widened our annual roundup to cover some of these newer "mobile offices" as well as the newer models of old patrol classics.
More innovative speed enforcement technologies have appeared in the last five years than in the previous two decades. Law enforcement agencies can now pick and choose from a bewildering buffet of high-tech devices, including digital radar, lasers and cameras.
The ultimate goal of any defensive pistol-training program is to stop a life-threatening attack against you or another innocent party. You have to know how to shoot consistently and accurately to save lives.
Regardless of the consequences, regardless of how uncomfortable things get, I believe in gritting my teeth, saying what needs to be said and standing firm for the fallout. It's always better to deal with facts than with smoke and mirrors.
If ever a law enforcement group brought to mind truth, justice and the American way, it's the Texas Rangers.
When you write a police report, cover all the bases ... including your own butt. When you're called into court by some punk you arrested, you'll be glad you took the time to dot all your I's and cross all your T's.
Today's police uniforms run the gamut from comfortable fleece to all-business pathogen-repelling outerwear fabrics. Where does your department fit in and how does your uniform reflect societal trends?
Simulated training devices exercise those decision-making muscles; when it comes down to it, what you learn from them just might keep you alive.