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Alpine Armoring's Pit-bull VX SWAT Truck is built on a Ford F-550 chassis and offers armor protection to stop 7.62 and 5.56 rifle rounds.

Armored Specialty Vehicles

Armored vehicles provide officers with tactical advantages in barricade situations and other incidents involving individuals armed with high-caliber rounds. In addition to NIJ Level IV protection, they can be customized with all manner of equipment, including gear to help evacuate civilians and downed officers. Read our August feature to find out how to secure funding for these useful tools. Photos provided by manufacturers.

The Rook Critical Incident Vehicle's Grapple Claw attachment. 

The Rook Critical Incident Vehicle

Ring Power's The Rook offers law enforcement agencies a versatile, tracked tactical vehicle with ballistic armoring rated to stop Level IV threats including armor-piercing rifle rounds. The Rook includes an armored deployment platform, hydrailic breaching ram, vehicle extraction tool, grapple claw, and 25-foot gooseneck trailer. The vehicle retails for $250,000. Photos courtesy of Ring Power.

BlackHawk's new patent pending S.O.L.A.G. H.D. series expands on the S.O.L.A.G. (Special Operations Light Assault Glove) glove program. H.D. gloves provide hard-knuckle protection and a thicker cowhide leather palm and fingertips for increased protection and wear. Kevlar and Nomex versions are available: The Kevlar version protects against flame, flash, and cuts; the Nomex version protects against flame and flash. Both versions are adjustable at the wrist and back of the hand for a custom fit, and have a nylon loop on the wrist for easy donning and attaching to carabiners. Available in sizes Small to XXL. 

Gloves: 2012

Keep your hands protected from the big and small hazards of duty. View eight currently available choices from leading law enforcement suppliers in this photo gallery.

Bates' 8-inch Annobon boot will be available in Fall 2012. It features a polishable leather and nylon upper with a lightweight, flexible exoskeleton, perforated lining, and an internal shock-absorbing midsole, while a 10-degree heel-to-toe angle enhances stability and reduces foot fatigue. The boot's rubber cup outsole has self-cleaning channeled tread. Available in 6-inch black, 8-inch black, and 8-inch desert tan.

Footwear: 2012

Whatever you wear on your feet for duty should look professional yet provide comfort and functionality. View this gallery for 11 currently available choices from leading law enforcement suppliers.

Fremont (Calif.) Police Officer Todd Young plans to return to chasing high-risk suspects, after he recovers from multiple surgeries. He plans to pass the department's SWAT obstacle course in late 2012 or early 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Young.

Returning To Duty: Todd Young

Fremont (Calif.) Police Officer Todd Young returned fire, after a violent Norteno gang member fired 10 rounds at him at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27, 2010 on a street in Oakland. Officers performed trauma care on Young and delivered him to Highland Hospital, where he received life-saving emergency medical care. He is now recovering and plans to rejoin the SWAT team later this year or in early 2013. We feature his story in the June 2012 "Shots Fired" and "Todd Young's Long Road Back."

SIG Sauer brought the first working versions of its P938 pistol (above), a 9mm version of its own P238 (below) concealed carry gun in .380 ACP. SIG also introduced the P224 sub-compact pistol in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG with either a DAK or DA/SA trigger system.

SHOT Show 2012 In Pictures

SHOT Show 2012 featured plenty of new gear for law enforcement officers. The show drew more than 61,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and added several "law enforcement only" halls for vendors. View our gallery and read our two-part coverage of the show, "Report From the Aisles" and "Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.

The Pit-bull VX from Alpine Armoring  strikes an imposing stance, and may help violators rethink their barricaded position.

Alpine's Pit-bull VX SWAT Truck

Alpine Armoring's Pit-bull VX SWAT Truck debuted at the 2011 IACP conference in Chicago, and the sleek, imposing vehicle looks like it may have rolled off an action-movie set. The 4x4 truck, which is built on a Ford F-550 chassis, offers armor protection up to NIJ Level IV to stop high-power rifle rounds, including 7.62x51, 7.62x54, and 5.56x45. View our gallery for more on this vehicle. Photos courtesy of Alpine Armoring.

BlackHawk's Special Operations Medical Backpack is a mid-sized,  frameless medical pack that opens fully to display all items for  efficient emergency care. It now includes S.T.R.I.K.E. webbing on three  sides for modular gear attachment and features comfortable  contour-padded shoulder straps and waist belt. This 1,000-denier nylon  pack can carry an additional 72-ounce or 100-ounce BlackHawk hydration  system and is available in black, dark earth, OD green, and Army  uniform.

Tactical Medical Kits

Convenient packs full of supplies to treat injuries are worth their weight in gold when you or a buddy is wounded in the field. View our gallery of six offereings from BlackHawk, North American Rescue, S.O. Tech, Tactical Medical Solutions, Voodoo Tactical, and Z-Medica.

International Cartridge sponsored the live-fire demonstration. Frangible rounds were fired into a metal box, and the powder was collected to be shown to attendees.

POLICE-TREXPO 2011 In Pictures

Attendees to the POLICE-TREXPO 2011 conference in Chantilly, Va., from Aug. 10-12 had the chance to hear Lt. Col. Dave Grossman give the keynote, "The Bulletproof Mind: Psychological and Physiological Preparation for Combat." They were also able to take advantage of a pair of defensive-tactics traing sessions, including Al Giusto's techniques for disarming suspects armed with edged weapons. Range Night included an instructional session from Chris Cerino of "Top Shot" fame.

The Benchmade Nim Cub II fits most agency policies with its 3.5-inch  blade  and tang that are one piece.  For a solid grip, Benchmade uses  Noryl GTX, which is also tough and  capable of surviving most chemicals  you could come in contact with on  duty. The knife arrives with a range  of blade options, starting with tanto or drop point, and a  plain edge  or a partially serrated edge.

Fixed-Blade Knives

View our photo gallery of fixed-blade knives that appeared in the June issue of POLICE Magazine. We covered 10 of these knives in a feature article; this gallery presents all the photos and information about these knives, as well as a bonus knife that didn't appear in print. The full article is "Fixed-Blade Knives for Duty."

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