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Federal Liability for Vehicle Pursuits  

July 1, 2007

Any officer who's been involved in a vehicle pursuit that resulted in property damage, bodily injury, or death should be concerned with at least three levels of liability. Departmental discipline may be imposed if the pursuit violates agency policy. Tort liability may be imposed through a lawsuit filed in state court. And plaintiffs may file a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages.

Chevy Tahoe: Large and In Charge  

May 1, 2007

Contrary to some rumors, size does matter. This is just one of the many things the 2007 Chevy Tahoe has going for it. The Tahoe makes a strong impression. While test driving the PD-equipped model for this article, I had many people stop to take a long look and ask me questions about it.

2007 Michigan Vehicle Tests  

May 1, 2007

Every fall, law enforcement vehicles are tested by two of the nation’s premier law enforcement agencies: the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police. This year, Ford brought a hybrid vehicle.

Motor Patrol 2007  

May 1, 2007

For almost 100 years American law enforcement officers have been riding motorcycles in the line of duty. Even before Chief August Vollmer, who is credited with organizing the first official Police Motorcycle Patrol in the United States with the Berkeley (Calif.) Police Department in 1911, law enforcement recognized the value of motorcycles.

Pursuit Safety  

April 1, 2007

The high-speed pursuits you saw on the old TV shows and movies had a big part in all of our decisions to enter the world of law enforcement. However, times have changed.

Mobile Command: Better Than a Bread Truck  

March 1, 2007

A conference on the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction in 1998 convinced Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of the Bristol County (Mass.) Sheriff's Department that his agency needed to purchase a mobile command unit so all agencies in his county would be prepared for such an event.

2007 Chevy Tahoe PPV  

January 1, 2007

It was my fault. I entered the hairpin curve way too fast, and the SUV I was driving went into a spin. But I had two things going for me that prevented the spin from being dangerous: I was in the 2007 Chevy Tahoe Police Package Vehicle and I was on a closed course at GM’s Scottsdale, Ariz., proving grounds.

Boston PD's Harbor Patrol Unit  

January 1, 2007

When it comes to the Boston Harbor, what goes in…must eventually come out. And as countless criminals and scofflaws have learned, it's usually the Boston Police Department that brings evidence to the surface—figuratively and literally.

IACP 2006: Report from the Aisles  

December 1, 2006

This year's IACP show had a major patrol theme: officer safety. From an airbag system for motor officers to armor panels for patrol vehicles, IACP 2006 was a showcase for new products that are designed to help you come home all in one piece at the end of your shift.

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In-Car Computers  

October 1, 2006

Time was that the only computer in a patrol car was the Casio calculator inside the duty bag of the driver. Now just a decade later, computers are so common in patrol cars that some have more than one.

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