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5.11 Tactical's Light for Life PC 3.300 flashlight charges in 90 seconds thanks to state-of-the-art patented technology. This lightweight, water-resistant, mid-size duty/utility flashlight produces 200 lumens and features a crack- and bend-resistant polymer body.

Duty Lights: 2011

Every cop needs at least one reliable flashlight for duty, and most own a few for various situations. Here are 11 models from leading gear suppliers if you're in the market for a light.



Law enforcement apparel maker 5.11 Tactical entered the flashlight market several years back with its supercapacitor-powered Light for Life patrol light. At this year's IACP, the company introduced a new line of conventional battery-powered flashlights called ATAC. The five ATAC lights range in size from a 6-inch long pen light to a 5.3-inch tactical light. All except the pen light offers advanced features such as strobe mode. Prices range from $29.99 to $84.99.

12 Great Gifts for Cops

Buying holiday gifts for cops can be a difficult task. That's why the editors of Police Magazine are offering this quick guide to some of the best products that we've seen this year (or in the last few years) that sell for less than $200. This guide does not include any holsters because that's best left to the officer.

The 5.11 Tactical Sabre 2.0 jacket features the QUIXIP side access  system for fast sidearm access. Radio mic pass-through openings from the  hand warmer pockets to the inside of the jacket and three pullout ID  panels allow you to remain covert. The softshell outer shell is  waterproof yet breathable and features waterproof zippers on the front  and arms. A removable hood can be detached and stowed in an  easily-accessible vertical back zipper pocket.

Outerwear: 2011

It used to be you had to wear the bulky jacket your agency mandated for duty wear. But now there are many different options for duty, training, and other details. And even those formerly bulky jackets are more streamlined, comfortable, and effective at keeping the weather at bay. Here's a look at some of this next-generation outerwear.

October 2011: The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Department's Officer Darrell Goodrow, Sgt. Karl Lounge, Officer Timothy McClintick, Officer Max McDonald, and Officer Doug Weaver were   instrumental in the attempted rescue of three officers ambushed inside   of a house. Sgt. Karl Lounge, front row, first on left; Officer Darrell Goodrow, front row, third from left; Officer Doug Weaver, second row, second from left; Officer Tim McClintick, second row, far right; Officer Max McDonald, back row, second from right. All officers pictured received their agency's Medal of Valor for this incident.

NLEOMF's Officers of the Month

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has honored some of the nation's bravest and most dedicated officers through its Officer of the Month program. Officers of the month are nominated by their supervisors, and then the nominees are reviewed by the NLEOMF staff. Nominations that make the cut receive consideration from a select committee of NLEOMF board members. Last year POLICE Magazine became official media sponsor for the Officer of the Month program. We have been publishing detailed stories of the officers who have received this honor in print, since June 2010. View this gallery for photos and capsule summaries of the honorees.

PAL makes an arrest of a suspect following a search by Officer Mitchell.

K-9 History: Riverside (Calif.) PD

Riverside (Calif.) Police Officer Loren Mitchell became the first officer in his agency to work with a police dog when he was partnered up with "PAL" in 1958. Chief Sergio Diaz and the City Council honored the now-retired Officer Mitchell for this historical achievement at a City Hall ceremony. The photo gallery includes an apprehension the pair made during a 1950s traffic stop.

Armor Express presents the Revolution concealable carrier system.  With a lightweight microfiber shell, anti-microbial lining, and a  microfiber "wearstrip" for added durability, the Revolution offers  comfort and breathability to its users. The Revolution is available in  both male and fully structured female models. The concealable vest is  NIJ 0101.06 Certified in level II or IIIA.

Concealable Ballistic Vests

You spend every shift for several years wearing the same ballistic vest under your uniform. You know it's there keeping you safe, but it's even better when you aren't constantly aware of this protection because it fits just right. Thanks to thinner, more advanced ballistic packages as well as carriers featuring high-tech materials and designs, manufacturers are able to make concealable vests more comfortable and effective. Here's a look at some standout vests available right now.

The Wiley X Durtac glove features  injection-molded thermoplastic knuckle and  individual finger protectors  for impact and abrasion resistance. The  design also includes a durable  synthetic leather palm, an ergonomically  shaped palm patch, ventilated  fingers, and Air Mesh on the back of the  hand. A silicone print on the  thumb and index fingers provide  increased grip.

Patrol Gloves: 2011

Today's patrol gloves can protect against microbes, bacteria, blood-borne pathogens, needles, and even knives. They can help you scale chain-link fences, keep your extremities warm, and give you a better grip when you need it. View these nine options that are now available.

This is a view looking north up the alley where the firefight took place. Steven Williams, a 21-year-old robbery suspect, was positioned next to the metal plate on the right between the fence and the building.

Shots Fired: Tulsa, Okla., The Alley

Tulsa K-9 Officer Steve Downie was summononed to a dark alley about a mile from a fast-food restaurant that had been robbed on June 10, 1996. Officer Downie and Officer Dick Hobson began searching the alley on foot, when muzzle blasts lighted up the area. Suspect Steven Williams, 21, had engaged officers with a shotgun, firing from a darkened corner in front of a steel plate (visible on the right). Read the full story, as our "Shots Fired" feature for June. Photos are courtesy of Steve Downie.

Speakers during the 2011 police week vigil emphasized the sacrifices made by fallen officers. Photo: NLEOMF.

Police Week 2011: Candlelight Vigil

The 2011 candlelight vigil during National Police Week in Washington, D.C., drew up to 20,000 officers, police survivors, dignitaries, and other law enforcement supporters to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the reading of 316 names added to the wall this year. The vigil is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

Inspirational quotes grace various sections of the 304-foot marble memorial walls. This one, "In Valor There Is Hope," is attributed to Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus, a Roman senator and historian.

Police Week 2011: What They Left Behind

To honor their sacrifice, the names of 316 law enforcement officers were engraved onto the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The men and women who served their communities as officers, deputies, troopers and agents were honored during National Police Week, and well-wishers came to pay homage to their memories by leaving notes, photos, duty gear and other personal items. View the tributes.

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