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<p>Nashville Police officers used military surplus boats to rescue residents during severe flooding in 2010. Photo courtesy of NPD.</p>

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It  

July 10, 2012

By David Griffith

Last month the Defense Department cut off a very valuable resource for many of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies. The Pentagon's 1033 program provides cash-strapped police and sheriff's departments with free military surplus.

<p>Photo courtesy of Tactical Electronics.</p>

Police Product Test: Tactical Electronics LPSS3 Pole Camera  

June 21, 2012

By Chris Trapp

The LPSS3 really set itself apart from the other pole cams I have tested. Its ability to remain small until deployed at the desired length and its lightweight composite material translate into less burden on the operator.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Police Product Test: Shieldspike's Hammerspike Glass-Breaker  

May 17, 2012

By Christopher Ruscitti

Shieldspike has developed the Hammerspike specialty tool, designed specifically to eliminate the window glass in a building or vehicle. This close-quarters tool weighs only 1.5 pounds and is easily deployed with one hand.

<p>The author fires LWRC&#39;s M6A2 special purpose rifle. Photo: Alex Landeen</p>

Select Fire Carbines vs. Submachine Guns  

May 15, 2012

By Nick Jacobellis

After the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Shootout in Los Angeles where the bad guys were equipped with armor that stopped pistol rounds, law enforcement agencies began adopting M16s, AR-15s, and M4s as "patrol rifles." But many tactical officers stuck by the pistol-caliber subgun.

<p>Thermal systems are excellent for locating people in wooded areas. Photo: FLIR Systems</p>

Night Vision and Thermal Imaging  

March 27, 2012

By Dave Douglas

Quite a few procurement officers have absolutely no idea what the folks in the field really need when it comes to night vision. Nor do they understand the different uses of thermal imaging versus light amplification and when they should be deployed.

<p>Tactical communications systems include over-the-ear headsets with boom mics.</p>

Mission Critical Conversations  

March 27, 2012

By Ronnie Garrett

The Columbine High School massacre underscored what can happen when tactical teams cannot communicate. Fast-forward 13 years, and such incompatibility still exists for many tactical teams, particularly those in mid-size to small departments.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier  

March 20, 2012

By David Griffith

In recent years technology has come to the aid of tactical police units to help them gain better intel and counter their adversaries' tactical advantages.

<p>Robots provide SWAT teams, bomb squads, HazMat units,&nbsp;and other emergency response personnel with situational awareness in dangerous scenarios.</p>

Robots at the Ready  

March 2, 2012

By Melanie Basich

The Greensboro (N.C.) Police Department ended a stand-off with a naked man using two tactical robots, after neighbors called 911 to report he was standing on his porch with a firearm, calling to God.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

SHOT Show 2012: Best of Show  

March 1, 2012

By David Griffith

Last month, we gave you a look at some of the items from SHOT that immediately caught our attention. This month, we're going to open up the briefcase, and the boxes, load the CDs and the jump drives, and give you our Best of Show report.

<p>A 2012 AR-15 patrol rifle now comes with a 1913 quadrail, back-up iron sights, co-witnessed optic, vertical foregrip, QD sling swivels, and proprietary flash hider. Photo: Bob Parker</p>

How the North Hollywood Shootout Changed Patrol Arsenals  

February 28, 2012

By Bob Parker

On the 15th anniversary of one of the fiercest gun battles in modern law enforcement history, patrol officers are much better armed, equipped, and trained than they were in 1997.

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