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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

By Mark Kariya

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 Mark Leno, Jr.

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

Police Vehicles  

February 1, 2001


For specialized units from SWAT to airborne patrol, today's police officers need more than just four wheels and a roof.

Squeak, Rattle, and Beep  

February 1, 2001

By Dan Pasquale

As any officer who has ever worked the midnight shift knows, sound travels and night. We all tend to laugh at suspects who give away their hidden positions by making some little noise, yet we are bigger culprits than they are when it comes to announcing our presence to the world.

Nassau County police officers prepare to cast off aboard their newest patrol boat.

Marine Bureau Fires Up Its Jets  

December 1, 2000

By Shelly Feuer Domash

The coastline comprises a wide assortment of conditions, including open-ocean waters, often with high seas, shallows, winding and narrow inlets, bays, canals, harbors, wetlands and the Long Island Sound, each posing a different challenge for a police boat.

Road Warriers 1997  

March 1, 1997

By Craig Peterson

Comparing the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Crown Victoria, chevrolet Lumina, and Ford's clean-air vehicles, consultants discuss the pros and cons of the 1997 police  vehicles.

Rail Accident Sites Offer Serious Safety Hazards  

June 1, 1996

By Randall C. Resch

On Sept. 28, 1989, a fire truck from the Catlett, Calif., Fire Department was struck by an Amtrak passenger train as the truck crossed a rural railroad right-of-way while responding to a vehicle fire. The truck was totally destroyed, and two firefighters aboard were killed.

Playing it Safe With Vehicle Positioning  

May 1, 1996

By Ron Paschall

The lead story was the same on nine local television stations, four national networks and CNN: While conducting a "routine" vehicle stop, an officer was critically wounded and the suspects unknown. The five-year law enforcement veteran left behind two sons and a wife who was expecting their third child. We have all heard it and seen it, but are we learning from it?

Cruise Control  

January 1, 1996

By Forrest Billington

Not long ago, U.S. Bor­der Patrol agents initi­ated a pursuit of a vehicle operated by su­spected illegal aliens through a subur­ban Southern California community. The vehicle failed to yield, continued at a high rate of speed, and exited the freeway with complete disregard for public safety. At the height of the high-speed chase, the vehicle drove through a crowded school zone, injuring several children and killing four people.

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