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GM's Chevrolet division will produce a police-only Caprice for the 2011 model year. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

Next-Gen Patrol Cars Raise the Bar in Michigan  

September 20, 2010
During the Michigan State Police's annual testing, which was covered live by POLICE Magazine in Chelsea, the Chevrolet Caprice and 2012 Ford Police Interceptor sedans were the top four-wheel performers, according to preliminary results.

Learning to Drive Like a Cop  

September 17, 2010
It's stressful enough to operate all these electronic devices, but far more difficult to operate a motor vehicle with these cockpit distractions. I often wonder when we will have mini-nuclear plants in the trunk to produce enough juice to run all of this stuff.
The two Ford Police Interceptors will be built at the Chicago Assembly Plant, which was announced at a Sept. 1 reveal. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Can Ford Sustain Its Dominance of the LE Vehicle Market?  

August 31, 2010
Ford has maintained more than 70 percent of the market for law enforcement vehicles for the past 15 years, and now faces stiff new competition from other Detroit automakers.
A Michigan State Police driver takes a 2010 Ford CVPI around the track at the Chrysler Proving Grounds during 2009 testing. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

Michigan State Police Will Test Five New-Vehicle Introductions  

August 16, 2010
Overall, 14 patrol cars, the pursuit-rated Chevy Tahoe and four motorcycles will be evaluated for acceleration, top speed, and brake testing on Sept. 18 at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Mich.
The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV "detective" package will be available for order in October. Photo courtesy of General Motors.

2011 Chevy Caprice: Detective Package  

July 30, 2010
The detective model includes a traditional center console and floor shifter, whereas the patrol vehicle has an open center console with a shift lever strategically placed on the floor to provide space for police equipment.
Pasadena (Calif.) PD's Sgt. Mike Ingram and Tactical Flight Officer Brad May with the Bell 206B-3 JetRanger copter.

Flying a Helicopter: Three Inputs  

July 19, 2010
Flying a helicopter is a multitasking challenge that requires a pilot to manipulate a trio of inputs to control the direction, air speed and altitude of the airship.
Photo via Flickr.com (Aneurysm9).

Pushing the Envelope In Your Patrol Unit  

July 14, 2010
Nothing so raises the adrenaline charge like a fellow officer's radioed cry for help. That so many cops end up over-driving and crashing long before they get to that call for help is what makes for a briefing-room caveat.

What a Motor Officer Sees  

June 29, 2010
Of course, the cameras are usually mounted lower to the ground, rather than to the officer's helmet, but this video gives a fairly good approximation of what a motor officer sees while riding a cone pattern.
The LASD is purchasing a new fleet of Eurocopter A350 Astar similar to this one. Image via American Eurocopter.

L.A. Sheriff Gets $56.7 Million To Replace Helicopter Fleet  

June 9, 2010
The existing patrol fleet will be replaced by at least 12, but likely 14, Eurocopter A350 Astar craft. A trio of Sikorsky craft will continue to be used for search and rescue.
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.
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