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March 1, 2002

By Gary Klugiewicz

Things are getting more dangerous out there. Whether you are functioning as a member of a SWAT Team or conducting routine patrol duties, you are responding to more and more calls with firearms drawn.

Capt. Larkin Fourkiller deploys a bean bag shotgun as Officer Wilbur Lewis provides lethal cover.

Less-Lethal: Bean-Bag Rounds  

March 1, 2002

By Larkin Fourkiller

Whether it's special operations, riot control, or a first-responder mission, less-lethal force options have played a vital role in securing a safer environment for conducting high-risk police operations.

Repercussions  

March 1, 2002

By David Griffith

On a muggy summer night in Georgia, it feels like you can reach out and squeeze water out of the air. Such were the conditions on July 23, 1999, when officer Jorge Mestre of the Cobb County Police Department was dispatched to a house in the Atlanta suburb of Austell, Ga.

Performance Review--Road Testing the 2002 Cop Cars  

February 2, 2002

By John L. Bellah

No one other than a patrol officer is better able to understand the vital role of a police vehicle in today's law enforcement. The wrong vehicle can affect officer morale, reduce efficiency and increase a department's operating costs appreciably.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell who the bad guys are  

February 2, 2002

By Commander Gilmore

Just Give Me A Hundred Good Cops, And a ton of ammunition... That's what I was thinkin' when I reviewed the situation in Lagos, Nigeria.

A Capital Success Story  

February 1, 2002

By David J. Terestre

According to media accounts, nearly 100 officers who joined the force during a 1989-90 recruitment drive-when background screening and standards were all but non-existent-were later charged with criminal wrongdoing.

Lasers: In the Legal Crosshairs  

February 1, 2002

By Craig Peterson

The implication was clear: if laser would display target speeds for a stationary wall, what other errors were possible?

 

A Gem of a Police Cruiser  

February 1, 2002

By Steve Temple

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.

Simulated Driver Training  

February 1, 2002

By Dave Douglas

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.

2002 Police Vehicle Roundup  

February 1, 2002

By Melanie Basich

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.

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