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Can We Talk?  

October 1, 2007

By Steve Ashley

You've heard a lot about interoperability in the last few years. Here's a quick look at what's being done to make it easier for everybody in public safety to communicate when something really smelly hits the fan.

An Eye for Trouble  

October 1, 2007

By Melanie Hamilton and Dean Scoville

We've all heard the occasional grumbling from officers who feel cameras in their patrol cars are tools for the brass to spy on them. But we've also no doubt heard reports of in-car video revealing criminals' true colors in court, and effectively sealing their fates. The following is a sampling of mobile video systems that will back you up on the stand.

Announcing PoliceMag.com Version 2.0  

June 1, 2007

By David Griffith

As much as the Internet is savaged as a venue for pornography, gambling, and cybercrime, the World Wide Web is by far the most efficient information gathering tool ever invented. Historians a century from now may consider it more important in the expansion of human knowledge than the development of the movable type press.

Working Informants  

May 1, 2007

By Dan Pasquale

Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.

Mobile Data Solutions  

May 1, 2007

By David Griffith

Perhaps the greatest change in law enforcement technology over the last decade has been the rapid proliferation of computers into patrol cars. The average patrol officer can now be dispatched to a call, write up reports, and receive critical alerts on his or her car computer.

Preparing For the Worst  

March 1, 2007

By Melanie Basich

Whether you've participated in hundreds of emergency response exercises or not a one, a new online resource will benefit you and your agency in planning a real-time scenario—especially if you're interested in federal funding.

IACP 2006: Report from the Aisles  

December 1, 2006

By POLICE Staff

This year's IACP show had a major patrol theme: officer safety. From an airbag system for motor officers to armor panels for patrol vehicles, IACP 2006 was a showcase for new products that are designed to help you come home all in one piece at the end of your shift.

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Digital Cameras for Cops  

December 1, 2006

By David Spraggs

Just five years ago my department purchased a 6-megapixel digital SLR camera that cost more than $5,000, as well as several 3.3-megapixel point-and-shoot digital cameras that cost more than $1,000 each. Today, similar products would cost a fraction of what we spent.

30th Anniversary: Voices of Experience  

October 1, 2006

By Melanie Basich

On the occasion of our thirtieth anniversary, Police Magazine decided to contact veteran officers and ask them how law enforcement has changed in the past three decades.

In-Car Computers  

October 1, 2006

By David Griffith

Time was that the only computer in a patrol car was the Casio calculator inside the duty bag of the driver. Now just a decade later, computers are so common in patrol cars that some have more than one.

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