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Choosing the Right Bike  

May 1, 2004

As the years have provided more experience to make better decisions regarding bike purchases, the Los Angeles Police Department has found what works best for its agency.

How To Start a Bicycle Patrol Unit  

May 1, 2004

Today, more and more departments all over the world are adding bicycles to their arsenal of tools. Like any new tool or method, of course, barriers must be torn down. In the case of bicycles, the old attitude is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when starting a bike patrol unit.

Motor Patrol: Working on Two Wheels  

February 1, 2004

The motorcycle police officer has been an American icon for more than half a century. But contrary to "CHiPs" fantasies, the job is not all glamour, and working a police shift on two wheels is just as tough, if not tougher, than working the same shift in a patrol car.

Street Survivors  

February 1, 2004

While it’s outstanding to survive a crash, it’s even better to avoid one in the first place, and that’s where good training and situational awareness feature heavily. But carmakers and their design teams play a role in officer safety as well. Let’s take a look at what the Big 3 American police car manufacturers are doing to make their cars safer for the nation’s law enforcement personnel.

How to Organize Your Patrol Car  

February 1, 2004

It’s your home. For eight hours a day, your patrol car is your home and office. But is it also the local junkyard? It doesn’t need to be. Today there are a number of ways to keep your mobile office organized.

Supreme custom builds prisoner transport vehicles to each agency’s specifications. This model holds nine inmates in two separate compartments: six in one and three in another.

Prisoner Transport  

November 1, 2003

Available in a wide range of sizes, prisoner transport vehicles can carry anywhere from one to more than 60 passengers.

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

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.

Walking away from a car with the keys in the ignition is standard operating procedure for some law enforcement agencies.

Grand Theft Cop Car  

October 1, 2003

Complacency can kill. Whether it's something as mundane as not wearing your seat belt while driving or not wearing body armor during a high-risk entry, failure to take preventive measures can have disastrous results.

Robinson Helicopters
Robinson’s R44 Raven helicopter is designed and equipped especially for law enforcement. A 28-volt electrical system and communications, navigation, and surveillance equipment come standard. Removeable left seat pedals and collective control can be installed to allow a co-pilot to control the craft.

How to Start an Air Support Unit  

October 1, 2003

When an agency evaluates the concept of creating an air support unit, there is always someone at the tip of the spear.

<p>Mobile command units, such as those  from LDV, can be as long as 45 feet. Equipment inside LDV units can include multiple viewing screens.</p>

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit  

August 1, 2003

They may seem like big, expensive hunks of metal on wheels, but many agencies have come to realize that mobile command vehicles offer many advantages for the cost.

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