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L.A. County Sheriff Hires Hanger One To Equip New Copters

January 26, 2011
Hangar One will add a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera system with live video-feed down-linking to each craft. An on-board GPS-based mapping system and multi-band digital radio communications will allow the aircrew to provide real-time support to law enforcement personnel and operational command centers.

Michigan State Police Investigating Alleged Fleet Scam

January 16, 2011
The agency is currently investigating the allegedly fraudulent fleet purchasing complaint that Bruno Val Novel, 43, posed as the new vendor for state and federal government vehicle fleet contracts, according to an agency release.

California Sheriff To Add 359 Final Model Year Crown Vics

January 15, 2011
The fleet purchase will ensure consistent use of the Crown Victorias for three to four years, which will save money as worn-out patrol units are retired, and their parts are recycled and installed in the newer vehicles, sheriff's officials said.

Ohio Officer Cut From Cruiser In Snowy Crash

January 13, 2011
Beavercreek (Ohio) Police Officer Craig Polston was investigating a crash along Interstate-75, when a northbound semi truck struck the rear of his patrol vehicle, forcing it into the path of another semi truck.

Massachusetts Man Used Industrial Laser On Police Copter

January 11, 2011
The laser used by Sasso is designed only for light shows and industrial or research applications, not for use as a laser pointer or amusement device. It is at least five to ten times more powerful than an ordinary laser pointer and has a range of at least two miles.
Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

California Agency Acquires Zero Electric Motorcycle

January 6, 2011
The Zero DS has a range of up to 50 miles and is highway legal. Each model employs proprietary Z-Force technology and an aircraft-grade aluminum frame to increase the bike's agility.
Upgrades to several Dallas PD Bell 206B-3 helicopters included a BMS microwave system for wireless, real-time video transmission. Photo via United Rotorcraft.

Dallas PD Upgrades Surveillance Gear On Copters

January 5, 2011
The upgrades, made possible by a federal grant, included a BMS digital video microwave system, an upgrade of existing L-3 Wescam camera systems and auto-tracking, Avalex digital video recorder upgrades, and AFS engine inlet barrier filters.

Tennessee City To Charge Officers for Take-Home Vehicles

December 31, 2010
Calling it the "fiscally responsible thing to do," Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield announced that officers and other city employees would be charged .20 cents per mile (off duty) for their take-home cars (.30 cents for employees who live outside city limits).

New Mexico City Restores Take-Home Vehicles

December 29, 2010
The unanimous vote came after Belen Police Chief Dan Robb proposed to trim his budget to offset the money that the city would have saved by taking away the vehicles. He said the department could switch to 12-hour shifts to save on fuel costs, according to the newspaper.

Wisconsin Man Loots, Burns Cruiser After Joyride

December 16, 2010
Sonny King faces charges including recklessly endangering safety, attempted arson, and felony theft. King was arrested Wednesday at his parent's house.
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