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Kojak Lights  

May 1, 2002

In its prime during the mid-'70s the emergency warning light christened with the "Kojak" moniker was state-of-the-art and one of the few products available for use on "plain-clothes" vehicles

Performance Review--Road Testing the 2002 Cop Cars  

February 2, 2002

No one other than a patrol officer is better able to understand the vital role of a police vehicle in today's law enforcement. The wrong vehicle can affect officer morale, reduce efficiency and increase a department's operating costs appreciably.

A Gem of a Police Cruiser  

February 1, 2002

You'd never see it in a high-speed pursuit, and no SWAT team would ever consider it for storming a terrorist hideout, but some police departments are finding there's a place for a new and versatile electric vehicle - the GEM - in their fleets.

Simulated Driver Training  

February 1, 2002

I get in behind him and with one hand on the mike and the other on the steering wheel, put the license plate out on the air. The suspect slams on the brakes. I drop the mike, steer and brake to avoid hitting the truck.

2002 Police Vehicle Roundup  

February 1, 2002

In keeping up with the expansion of the category "police vehicles," we've widened our annual roundup to cover some of these newer "mobile offices" as well as the newer models of old patrol classics.

The ability to maintain balance and navigate tight circles is an important patrol skill, and part of the qualification test.

Cops on Bikes  

December 1, 2001

It might look easy, but you better be ready for training and lots of exercise before you trade in your cruiser for two wheels.

While it looks like the sort of move you’d think typical of recreational ATV riders, this slide stop is one of the more advanced skills taught in SSI’s ATV Police Patrol Operations Course. From here, the officer can perform a tactical dismount, simultaneously drawing his sidearm and using his ATV as cover, keeping it between himself and a suspect.

ATV Training for Cops  

December 1, 2001

Given the increasing sophistication of today’s criminals and crime, it’s no surprise that today’s law enforcement agencies are fighting back by employing a staggering array of tools. This includes not only computerized hardware and software, but weapons (including less-than-lethal options, of course), training and vehicles, among other items.

Sgt. Roland Morin and his horse King Arthur stand near a downtown mural of a turn-of-the-century Dover police officer. The mounted unit is again an important part of Dover’s patrol division.

Dover (N.H.) Police Department  

November 1, 2001

By looking to its past, the Dover (N.H.) Police Department has successfully adapted to the challenges of policing today.

<p>The Impala proved to be agile and could haul itself to a stop from speed with aplomb.</p>

Chevy’s 'Ride And Drive’  

October 1, 2001

Chevy's "Ride and Drive" is an opportunity to introduce new technology (in this case, the new Impala police package) to writers and cops from around the country. I rubbed elbows with uniforms from many states and there were plenty of serious, squinty-eyed stares going on as the performance was duly noted in notebooks and on video.

The Intrepid's Back!  

October 1, 2001

Dare we all remember the 440 Magnum power plant in these days of fuel economy and miserly performance? At the risk of sounding like the dinosaur I am, I have to admit there is something satisfying about seeing the term "Magnum" associated with a police car again!

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