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Officer Rick Powell tests new technology for the San Diego Police Department. Above, he shows off the uncluttered interior of a patrol car equipped with the department’s new integrated wireless computer and communications system

Calling All Cars  

November 1, 2003

By Jo'el Roth

The new system will eventually allow officers out in the field to immediately view color images, such as mug shots and fingerprints. They will also be able to work on their laptop computers outside of their cars and then connect them back into the cars as needed.

How To Investigate Cybercrime  

November 1, 2003

By David Griffith

Today and every day, thousands of people worldwide are being victimized by computer crime. That’s why just about every major municipal or county law enforcement agency in the United States now has a new breed of detective: the computer crime or “cybercrime” investigator.

Screen Gems: Best Websites for LEOs  

October 1, 2003

By Dean Scoville

In researching the best Websites for law enforcement officers, we decided to go with a listing of quality sites that might roughly parallel an officer’s needs throughout his or her career.

Sweat Suits: Ballistic Vests  

September 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

The bad news is, regardless of comfort, you need to wear your vest. The good news is, the manufacturers of ballistic vests and other innovators are working on ways to make wearing a vest more bearable.

The Enemies Within  

September 1, 2003

By Dean Scoville

It seems a quaint idea now, but before 9/11, the leading culprits for launching major terror attacks on American soil were hate groups and other domestic terrorists. These people are flat dangerous, especially to law enforcement officers who might get in their way.

I See You  

August 1, 2003

By Dave Douglas

While running after a suspect, I charged around the corner of an alley and the guy hit me over the head, knocking my lights out. I really could have used a tool that let me see around corners that day. And now, today’s cops can have them: easy-to-use tactical video systems.

Cold Cases: National Databases and Cold Case Investigations  

May 1, 2003


The FBI administers several national databases that have played a critical role in numerous cold case investigations.

How to...Open a Cold Case  

May 1, 2003

By David Spraggs

A few months ago, newspapers around the country covered the arrest of Gerald Mason for a murder that happened when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House. Mason was rousted out of a comfortable life in South Carolina and charged with killing two police officers in the Los Angeles suburb of El Segundo, Calif. In 1957.

Textron’s new armored vehicle.

TREXPO West: Tactical Tools  

May 1, 2003

By David Griffith

The motto of the Law Enforcement Tactical Response Show & Conference (TREXPO) is, "Well armed, well prepared, and well informed."

Binocular Basics  

April 1, 2003

By Roy Huntingon

Look on the front seat of the vast majority of police cars today and I'd wager you'll see a beat up pair of K-Mart binoculars (or worse).

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