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David Griffith

David Griffith

David Griffith has been editor of POLICE Magazine since December 2001. He brings more than 25 years of experience on magazines and newspapers to POLICE. A Maggie award-winning journalist, his byline has appeared on hundreds of articles in POLICE and other national magazines.



Melanie Basich

Melanie Basich

Managing Editor Melanie Basich joined POLICE Magazine in 2000 (when her last name was still Hamilton). An award-winning journalist, she has covered such topics as agency budgets, officer suicide, emerging law enforcement technologies, and active shooter tactics. She writes and manages the product section of POLICE.
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Video: SHOT Show 2012 Highlights

View five short video segments highlighting four law enforcement companies and a "top shot" from SHOT Show.

February 27, 2012  |  by - Also by this author

VIDEO: 5.11 Tactical Light Entry Kit

This year's annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas offered plenty of visual curiosities for POLICE Magazine's video crew. Four law enforcement suppliers showed off their new gear, and "Top Shot" Michelle Viscusi told us how she stays on target.

5.11 Tactical Light Entry Kit

5.11 Tactical introduced its Light Entry Kit of tools for patrol-officer first responders. The kit includes the C9 Multi Breacher, a 32-inch pry bar with claw head; C7 Multi Pry, a 2.75-inch pry bar; C6 Multi Sledge offering a dual head with a hammer and multi-purpose saw; Mini-Ram; and training door. John Crist, a 5.11 marketing executive, takes us up close and personal with the tools.

BlackHawk Women's Apparel

ATK's BlackHawk introduced its women's apparel line that includes tactical pants and shirt, a Performance Polo, off-duty wear, and sportswear. Spokeswoman Aysha Webb shows off the apparel.

Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike

Troy Gielish, a bicycle officer with the Irvine (Calif.) Police Department, showed us around Safariland's new two-wheel entry for bicycle patrol. The rugged, all-terrain bicycle arrives with purpose-built features such as a 30-speed drive-train, 29-inch wheels, and hydraulic disc brakes for greater stopping power.

Point Blank Body Armor

Body armor suppliers Point Blank, Protective Products, PACA, and Paraclete merged in late 2011. Executives from the company spoke about what the merger means for law enforcement officers who use their body armor and tactical gear.

PoliceMag Interviews a 'Top Shot'

Eighteen shooting competitors began vying for "Top Shot" honors when Season 4 of the History Channel reality series debuted earlier this month. POLICE spoke with one of those shooters, Michelle Viscusi—an Army National Guard reserve who works with the Border Patrol and showed her prowess with a Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) in the second episode.

Related:

SHOT Show 2012 In Pictures (photos)

SHOT Show 2012: Report from the Aisles

SHOT Show 2012: Best In Show

Tags: SHOT Show, Blackhawk, 5.11 Tactical, Safariland, Point Blank, Body Armor, Tactical Gear, Bicycle Patrol


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