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<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. 

<p>The Ohio State Highway Patrol&#39;s Dodge Charger Pursuit. Photo: OSHP</p>

The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars  

August 6, 2012

Agencies with fleet-replacement budgets have begun selecting the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, Dodge Charger Pursuit, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and Ford P.I. Utility to patrol their jurisdictions. And the first wave of new-era patrol cars—with agency badging, logos, and color schemes—have reached the streets.

<p>Nashville Police officers used military surplus boats to rescue residents during severe flooding in 2010. Photo courtesy of NPD.</p>

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It  

July 10, 2012

Last month the Defense Department cut off a very valuable resource for many of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies. The Pentagon's 1033 program provides cash-strapped police and sheriff's departments with free military surplus.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Five Things That Can Get You Killed or Sued  

June 6, 2012

With the tax base shrinking in many of our jurisdictions and that depleting our budgets, all of us have been told to do more with less. The trick is to know what corners to cut and what corners might cut you back. Here's a look at five things you absolutely positively don't want to do on the job.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Vehicle Counter-ambush Tactics for Patrol  

May 23, 2012

In last month's The Winning Edge article, I discussed how to anticipate and respond to ambushes when arriving on calls in an urban environment. In this related article, I will discuss how to handle ambushes while in your car.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Improving Officer Driving Skills  

May 1, 2012

Training is often a casualty of budget issues, and driver training usually doesn't rank as high on the priorities list as training in firearms and defensive tactics. But what activity do you engage in most while on duty? Unless you walk a beat, it's most likely driving.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado</p>

Helicopter Training In Law Enforcement  

April 3, 2012

How we train is how we fight—or more broadly, how we perform under pressure. This also applies to helicopter pilots; how they train versus how they are expected to fly.

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