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

The Dangers of Distracted Driving  

May 22, 2013

By Mark D. Reese

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

By Tom Wetzel

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

By Dave Smith

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

By Dave Smith

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

How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles  

August 17, 2012

By Melanie Basich

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>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

By David Griffith

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

By Mike "Ziggy" Siegfried

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

By Andre Belotto

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

By Melanie Basich

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

By Amaury Murgado

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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