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LE Planes: Flying High Cover  

August 26, 2014

Planes are the unsung heroes of law enforcement air support units. While helicopters get all the glory, fixed-wing aircraft quietly fly in the background on operations, including surveillance and search and rescue.

Tags: Aircraft
<p>Photo: Google</p>

Autonomous Cars: Driving on Auto Pilot  

June 22, 2014

Imagine an officer gets into the driver's seat, which recognizes her by retina scan, and it immediately moves to the position she prefers. The officer logs on via voice request to the department CAD system and "tells" the vehicle to patrol the downtown area using random patrol "Henry 1." This could be reality sooner than you think.

<p>Photo: Lenco</p>

Lenco BombCat: Built to Take the Blast  

May 2, 2014

Known to the company and its customers as the "BombCat," the EOD model BearCat was, like most of the company's products, the result of a customer request.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Fatalities  

April 8, 2014

It only makes sense that local law enforcement should help find ways to help motorcycle enthusiasts, even veteran riders, ride more safely. The only viable option most law enforcement agencies can help with outside of traffic enforcement is rider education.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Ode to the Belt  

March 21, 2014

The cow skidded down the far emergency lane, and my vehicle creaked and scraped down the other. I slammed on the now stiff brakes and my Chevy ground loudly to a stop, steaming and groaning while I waited for the impact of some approaching vehicle.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Vehicle Ambush Training  

March 20, 2014

My agency recently presented an in-service training program on how to handle vehicle ambushes. We tackled the issue by focusing on the only three possible options available when attacked in your vehicle: retreat, run the suspect over, or get out and fight.

<p>Photo courtesy of StarChase</p>

Pursuit Tracking  

March 14, 2014

The StarChase system uses a patrol car-mounted launcher to shoot a GPS tracking device at a fleeing vehicle. Officers can catch up to the vehicle later without speeding after it.

Police Product Test: StatGear T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool  

December 23, 2013

Designed by New York City Paramedic Avi Goldstein, the T3 is a true multi-tool but with one mission: freeing collision victims from the wreckage of their vehicles.

<p>Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.</p>

Electric Motorcycles on Patrol  

November 5, 2013

While it's unlikely that all-electric cars will replace their gasoline-powered counterparts for law enforcement patrol duty, smaller electric vehicles have made inroads into police fleets.

<p>Photo courtesy of Raymond Holt/MSP.</p>

AWD Patrol Vehicles Gain Traction  

November 5, 2013

Traditionally, police vehicles have arrived for duty with rear-wheel or front-wheel drive. Starting with the 2015 model year, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors will offer at least one police vehicle in an all-wheel or four-wheel-drive configuration.

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