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Surviving Vehicle Ambushes  

October 17, 2011

The vehicle, the patrol car, the "shop," is obviously what distinguishes the vehicle ambush from other types of attacks. It also gives you instant mobility to get out of the kill zone. In keeping with the suggested tactics for lethal force encounters the vehicle helps you move and create distance.

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado.</p>

Working with Tactical Flight Officers  

October 1, 2011

Although many agencies are trying cost-cutting alternatives, it's been my experience as a field supervisor that there is no substitute for a helicopter in the air with a well-trained flight crew. Effective coordination between ground and air units is imperative.

<p>Photo: Ti Goetz.</p>

Ending a Barricade with Heavy Equipment  

August 24, 2011

When faced with a barricaded suspect, SWAT officers may want to consider using heavy construction equipment to end the incident.

Motorola's Public Safety Play: Broadband Networks  

August 12, 2011

Motorola Solutions and Verizon are working closely with public safety agencies in Northern California's Bay Area and Harris County, Texas, to build and operate what will likely be the nation's first public safety broadband network on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) platform.

<p><strong><em>Photo: L-3 Mobile-Vision.</em></strong></p>

L-3 Mobile-Vision's V-One In-Car Computer  

July 5, 2011

The engineers and designers at L-3 Mobile-Vision had a clear mission when they started to develop the company's next generation of mobile computers. They wanted to incorporate many of the best features of consumer computers-ergonomic design, fast processors, and abundant connectivity-into a high-end fully rugged mobile system.

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

Officer Seat-Belt Safety  

June 14, 2011

Cops are cursed by a tragic mix of impatience, skewed priorities, and self-preservation instincts that sometimes fail to rise to those of a drunken frat boy. As a result, traffic collisions have for decades been one of the top two causes of officer fatalities.

Sporty Police Cars  

April 1, 2011

Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers may be among the most typical makes and models of police cars used in the U.S. today. However, some departments have a handful of "sportier" cars, many of which are used in special ways.

Panasonic's PDRC (Permanent Display Removable Computer) offers a vehicle-mounted display and separate keyboard. Photo courtesy of Panasonic.

Vehicle Computer Docking Stations  

February 22, 2011

These seven docking stations offer connectivity for Ethernet, USB, LAN and other options to take you beyond basic mounting solutions.

The V8 engine used in the Caprice PPV is a fourth-generation Chevy small block optimized for power and fuel savings.

High-Tech Engines in the New Cop Cars  

February 3, 2011

The end of the Crown Vic has heralded one of the most exciting eras in the history of law enforcement vehicles. The first true 21st century police cars have extremely sophisticated engines.

PHOTO: Dave Douglas

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow  

January 27, 2011

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

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