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Beating the Power Crunch  

December 1, 2002

By John L. Bellah

Electrical demands are a major concern with law enforcement vehicles. This was true with early police vehicles when lighting, electro-mechanical "growler" sirens, and two-way radios severely taxed automotive electrical systems, and it's true today when high-tech lightbars, mobile data terminals, video cameras, and other power-hungry gadgets have become standard equipment.

Video Surveillance and Interrogation Techniques  

November 1, 2002

By POLICE Staff

Interview and interrogation rooms at police departments are often set up with covert video and audio. The advantage of a covert installation is that oftentimes suspects, victims, and witnesses are less likely to speak openly if they are aware that the interview is recorded.

Video cameras can be very useful in law enforcement applications. Video of a riot shot by the Boulder (Colo.) Police.

Moving Pictures  

November 1, 2002

By David Spraggs

While all components of crime scene investigation are important, visual documentation stands out as the most effective tool for describing and recreating a crime scene.

Snatched! Rescuing Stolen Kids  

October 1, 2002

By Shelly Feuer Domash

To anyone casually tuning into American TV or perusing a major U.S. newspaper, it looked like the country had been beset by an epidemic of kidnapped children.

Finding a Face in the Crowd  

October 1, 2002

By Melanie Basich

A security guard looks at the images on the screen in front of him: a video capture of a clean-shaven man with close-cropped hair next to a mugshot of a convicted American drug dealer with a beard and shaggy long hair. They look different, but the guard confirms they are definitely the same man. In minutes, the positively identified man is apprehended.

Fools Rush In  

September 1, 2002

By POLICE Staff

Then you see them, casualties. Many of them, grotesquely motionless, obscured by the low hanging mist.

The Fifth Element  

August 1, 2002

By Lois Pilant

Welcome to the new battleground. Called "fifth-dimensional battlespace," it takes the old three-dimensional battlefield (the spatial dimensions of length, width, height or depth of an area), and the temporal dimension of time, and adds the fifth dimension of cyberspace.

Hardened Systems  

June 1, 2002

By Frank Leiter

Mobile computing technology is changing the way law enforcement officers approach their jobs. It has freed them from in-house report writing and the tedious business of conveying messages through a dispatcher. It puts state and national databases at their fingertips, thereby decreasing wait time for critical information from 15 minutes to as little as 10 seconds. And it has increased officer productivity by as much as 50 percent.

Special Handling  

June 1, 2002

By Dave Douglas

Those last four words, "evaluate a suspicious package," always make those little cop hairs on the back of your neck stand straight out like the quills on a porcupine being chased by a hungry dog.

Own the Night  

May 1, 2002

By Dave Douglas

Most commercial burglaries take place at night, and the darkness works in the favor of the burglars. Maybe it’s time for us to take back the night with night vision equipment.

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