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U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin using drone surveillance aircraft similar to these to support drug and human smuggling enforcement along the Texas/Mexico border.

Unmanned Aircraft Gather Intel In Texas  

May 27, 2010
These aircraft are flown remotely by a pair of pilots at ground control stations essentially using a high-tech flight simulator. The drones have a 66-foot wingspan and are powered by a turboprop engine at the rear. Fuel capacity supports 20 hours of flying time.
The term "squad car" likely came from early patrol days, when agencies used wagons to transport the whole squad. Image via Akron Police Department.

History of America's First Motorized Patrol Vehicle  

May 18, 2010
The Akron Police Department claims this historic distinction with an electric-powered patrol wagon produced in 1899.
The StarChase launcher is mounted to the grill of Arizona DPS Highway Patrol Officer Korey Lankow's patrol car. Image courtesy of StarChase.

Grille-Mounted GPS-Tag Launcher Gives Officers Alternative to Pursuits  

April 27, 2010
Each year, about 360 people are killed during police pursuits. About a third of those are bystanders, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rating the 2010 Patrol Cars  

April 14, 2010
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department completed its annual evaluation of police vehicles and released separate reports on the motorcycles and patrol cars that POLICE Magazine obtained. We've given you the motorcycle evaluation. Now get ready for the patrol cars.
Vehicles such as the Mercury Grand Marquis LS (2008 model pictured) are ideal for surveillance work, because they offer a V-8 engine, spacious trunk and affordable price. Image courtesy of Ford.

Buying Surveillance Cars at Dealer Auctions  

March 22, 2010
When the fleet manager for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department needs to replenish the agency's fleet of surveillance cars, he uses a method that other LE agencies may not know exists: He buys the cars at private dealer auctions.
The cockpit of Ford's new Police Interceptor will include a column shifter to free up the center console area. Seats have been redesigned with a lower bolster that adds room for an officer's duty belt. The driver- and passenger-side seats include anti-stab plates.

Officers Praise Safety Features and Ergonomics of Sleek New Ford Patrol Vehicle  

March 12, 2010
Ford unveiled the vehicle at a private fleet event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Law enforcement fleet managers who attended the event were impressed by the vehicle's power, safety features, and ergonomics.
<p><em><strong>The Los Angeles Sheriff Department's EVOC unit released a report summarizing its evaluation of five 2010 model year motorcycles. Photo by Paul Clinton.</strong></em></p>

L.A. County Sheriff Releases 2010 Motorcycle Evaluation  

February 19, 2010
Police riders evaluated five 2009/2010 model year motorcycles from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and BMW.
Your prey? Pursuing two-wheel violators requires special procedures. Image via Scott the Hobo (

Chasing Down Two-Wheeled Scofflaws  

February 4, 2010
Every motor officer can tell you stories about pursuits of other bikes, and the successes and mistakes made. We learn from others, and share those stories to keep our brothers and sisters safe. Here are a few thoughts that may help you.

LAPD Selects BMW For Motor Patrol  

January 7, 2010
The department is now taking delivery of the last of the 100 R1200 RT-P 2009 sport touring motorcycles, and will shift away from the Harley-Davidson cruisers that have been a staple of one of the nation's largest motor patrol units.
Image via San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

How to Become a Police Helicopter Pilot  

December 30, 2009
Read this how-to guide for sworn officers in larger departments who dream of one day joining their agency's airborne unit.
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