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North Dakota Lawmakers Approve Troopers, Deny EVOC and Gun Range

May 5, 2011
Gov. Jack Dalrymple had recommended spending $3.6 million for an indoor gun range and a new driving course for emergency vehicles that would have been used by agencies from across the state.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Alachua County Sheriff's Office.</strong></em></p>

Video: Gator Takes Bite Out of Deputy's Patrol Car

May 3, 2011
A 10-foot alligator ran afoul with the law in Florida, after attaching its jaws to the front bumper of an Alachua County Sheriff's deputy's Crown Victoria. After the gator affixed its jaws to the front bumper, the deputy reversed the vehicle to loosen the animal's grip.

Austin to Install Anti-Idling Tech in Patrol Vehicles

May 3, 2011
Austin city officials have approved a 36-month supply contract with Energy Xtreme LLC to purchase, integrate, test, and maintain an anti-idling/alternate power system for 80 police vehicles.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Currie Technologies.</strong></em></p>

LAPD Field-Tests Electric Bicycles for Patrol

April 27, 2011
Officers with the LAPD's bicycle unit will begin field-testing Currie Technologies' IZIP Express electric bicycles at special events to determine their viability for patrol. Currie supplied the unit with prototype models for initial evaluation a year ago. The company then modified the electric bicycle's components and design, incorporating feedback from officers.

Vectrix Electric Vehicle Challenge for Officers Benefits Charity

April 25, 2011
More than 80 police officers from 40 departments around the U.S. will participate in the Vectrix Electric Motorcycle Challenge from April 28-30. The event will raise funds for the Spokes4Hope charity for abused children.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Washington State Patrol.</strong></em></p>

Washington Troopers Get Honda ST1300 for Highway Enforcement

April 25, 2011
The Washington State Patrol has begun adopting the Honda ST1300PA motorcycle and shifting away from BMW motorcycles for highway enforcement. There are currently 43 full-time troopers on motorcycles across the state and 12 have just completed the transition.

Suspect Who Fired at LAPD Copter Arrested

April 25, 2011
Officers arrived to observe Danny Lopez firing at the police helicopter. Family members eventually tackled Lopez and held him for arrest. Police had responded to a report of gunshots in the 15700 block of Saticoy Street in Van Nuys about 6 a.m.

Texas Agency Seeks Purchase of 176 Crown Vics

April 20, 2011
The Austin (Texas) Police Department has requested $4.5 million from its city to purchase 179 Ford Crown Vic cruisers in the final year of production.

N.C. Man Urinated on Highway Patrol Cruiser

April 18, 2011
A Wilson man is expected in court in May on charges he urinated on a North Carolina Highway Patrol car parked in front of a county magistrate's office.

Wyoming City OKs Personal Use of Patrol Cars

April 15, 2011
Cheyenne, Wyo., Mayor Rick Kasen has re-instituted a policy allowing the city's officers to use their patrol cars for personal use if they meet several conditions.
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