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The TPT R7 NiMH Rechargable Full-Size Duty Flashlight from 5.11 Tactical features an intelligent switch that allows you to pick one of three modes: high, low, and strobe. On high, it puts out 504 lumens and 17,467 candela for 5.5 hours. On low, the TPT R7 has an output of 182 lumens, and the strobe mode puts out the full 504 lumens. Tested to ANSI FL1 standard, the light features a polymer PC/ABS body, NiMH (full D) rechargeable batteries, Cree XM-L LED technology, and a regulated circuit for maximum output. It comes complete with a three D battery pack, charging cradle, and both AC and DC connectors. List Price is $169.99.

Powerful Flashlights

Law enforcement officers can now choose from a variety of high-lumen flashlights to help illuminate dark alleys, vehicles, or rooms. These lights can improve officer safety by revealing threats, and assist in searches for trace evidence in low-light scenarios. Photos courtesy of vendors.

The 5.11 Taclite 8-inch Duty Boot has an upper of full-grain leather, 1,200-denier Cordura nylon, and breathable air mesh. Inside, an Ortholite sockliner, composite shank, and CMEVA midsole provide cushioning, comfort, and support while perforated EVA foam padding along with antibacterial and moisture-wicking linings keep feet comfortable and dry. The Taclite's outsole has fast rope control tread and a defined heel brake for control.

Your Holiday Wish List

Looking for a gift idea for fellow cops? Check out 12 of the most requested items in a POLICE Magazine holiday survey. For the last few holiday seasons, the editors of POLICE Magazine have gotten together, brainstormed gift ideas for law enforcement officers, and published what we call a holiday wish list. This year, we decided to use a different protocol. We surveyed a large segment of our readers and asked them what they want for Christmas. We got a lot of answers. The following is a representative sample of 12 gifts requested by our audience. Be sure to also read, "5 Gift Ideas for the Female Officer." Photos courtesy of vendors.

This officer's "Bad Boy" tattoo references Inner Circle's "Cops" theme song.

Blue Ink: Reader Police Tattoos

We asked you to show us your "blue ink," and many of you responded with images of your law enforcement tattoos that carry a personal significance regarding a fallen partner, inspirational Biblical reference, or special accomplishment. Photos courtesy of PoliceMag.com readers.

The 5.11 Tactical Performance Winter Mock is designed to provide thermal protection with an underarm gusset as well as anti-microbial and moisture wicking properties for comfort and functionality. A reinforced mock collar provides a professional appearance, while flat lock seams reduce chafing and provide the perfect thermal base layer for wear under body armor. Available in black and midnight navy. 

Base Layers

With their advanced technologies that make them perfect for use under body armor to wick moisture and prevent chafing, and as an added layer of warmth, base layers have become standard equipment for law enforcement. Photos courtesy of vendors.

The Sabre 2.0 from 5.11 Tactical is a concealed carry jacket designed for covert operations. It's fully waterproof and breathable with a new updated mesh and nylon liner. In addition to right and left shoulder pockets, updated front vertical chest pockets and back up belt system-compatible hand warmer pockets provide storage. The Sabre 2.0 also has an updated fit, a waterproof removable hood, and a new vertical zipped back pocket near the lumbar to store the hood. Last but not least, the jacket features 5.11 Tactical's new Quixip side access system for quick access to a concealed sidearm. Available in black, coyote brown, moss, and dark navy.

Outerwear: 2012

The availability of different jacket styles for various functions and types of weather makes getting through a shift in any situation much more bearable. Photos courtesy of vendors.

The 2012 IACP Conference showcased plenty of cool gear for officers.

IACP 2012: Best of Show

Technology tends to be the emphasis of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. True to form, many of the coolest products at this year's show, held Sep. 29–Oct. 3 in San Diego, focused on the now high-tech aspects of evidence collection. Multiple companies debuted new and improved takes on video, drug analysis, and biometrics. Plenty of new tablets were also on hand. The following is a quick look at some of the products at IACP 2012 that caught our attention. Photos: Mark W. Clark, Paul Clinton, Stalker Radar, Thermo Scientific, and Ti Training

A pair of handcuffs intertwined with a vine and blue flowers graces this officer's arm just above the wrist.

Blue Ink: Police Tattoos

Tattoos have become very popular in the law enforcement and military communities. Officers who get inked often choose a tattoo of something that has great meaning to them, such as family, their faith, or a close friend. View a few examples of tattoos. Photos courtesy of Steve Winterstein of Five-O Tattoo in Elburn, Ill.

This Golden Labrador is certified for cadaver detection.

Police Dogs

Law enforcement agencies typically purchase K-9s from trainers or dealers who acquire them from Europe, where legacy blood lines have been long established. Breeds most commonly used for detection and apprehension include the Belgian Malonois, German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, and a variety of Labradors. Dogs can be single purpose (for apprehensions) or dual purpose for apprehensions and detection for narcotics, explosives, or cadavers. Read "K-9 Training Challenges" for more detail. Photos provided by Becki and John Johnston of AceK9.com.

Survey: Gun Control, Active Shooters, and the Election

PoliceMag.com readers overwhelmingly support concealed carry and Mitt Romney for president, according to the results of our August survey. Officers also told us they were prepared for an active shooter incident and worried that government financial trouble has affected their ability to do their jobs. View these charts and graphs of the survey results, then read our analysis of the data.

This is what the front of a genuine New Jersey driver's license looks like.

Fake IDs

Overseas companies such as IDChief.com sell fake IDs that possess many of the security features of real IDs. However, looking at the ID's "micro" print under a magnifier will reveal if the ID is counterfeit. View these examples for fake and genuine IDs. Read the full article, "How To Identify a Fake ID." Photos courtesy of Leslie Pond, an investigator with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and founder of FakeIDtrainers.com.

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