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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.

<p>Photo courtesy of Trident Case.</p>

Trident Case-Arkon Device Mount  

October 3, 2013

Because the Kraken AMS is designed to be secured in a mount, Ontario, Calif.-based Trident Case has established a partnership with Arcadia, Calif.-based mount manufacturer Arkon to create a solution for law enforcement vehicles.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.</p>

The Dangers of Distracted Driving  

May 22, 2013

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

<p>Photo courtesy of Tom Wetzel.</p>

Adding Alley Lights to Police Cruisers  

March 20, 2013

It's been my experience that the alley lights on police cruisers are among the most underutilized tools in law enforcement. That's a shame because proper use of alley lights can make you a more effective crime fighter.

<p>Illustration:&nbsp;<span>Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

What Are You Seeing?  

January 2, 2013

Everyone is well aware that humans are visual creatures. It is far and away our most dominant sense and that is one of the reasons I get so frustrated that we have so many distracters in our modern patrol vehicles.

<p><span>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</span></p>

Code Three Syndrome  

December 18, 2012

Code three is lights and siren, and man is it fun. You are lord of the road, racing here and there to accidents, crimes in progress, officer needs assistance, and whatever crisis needs a uniformed hero ASAP.

<p>Photo: Raymond King, Michigan State Police</p>

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests  

November 1, 2012

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

<p>The B.A.T.T. vehicle from the Armored Group.</p>

How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles  

August 17, 2012

The Homeland Security grants that seemed to grow on trees after 9/11 are not as plentiful as they once were. But that's not to say law enforcement agencies can't obtain grant funding for specialty vehicles. They just might need to approach it differently. 

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