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The London Metropolitan Police force was the model for the American city forces. This illustration shows a 19th-century “bobby” in a wool frock coat. Similar uniforms were worn by New York cops of the period.

Of Authorized Pattern  

May 1, 2003

Like many other aspects of American society, much of police uniform tradition in the United States comes from across the pond.

Example of handheld computers in the field.  Panasonic PDA at traffic stop.

PDAs on Patrol  

February 1, 2003

Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.

Killing 'em Softly  

December 1, 2002

Ask police defensive tactics (DT) instructors what's the most frequent cause of injury in their classes and they'll point the finger at an unlikely hazard: mats.

Under Wraps  

December 1, 2002

Two young guys walked toward us, talking with each other. But the young lady and I were oblivious to what was going on around us. That was a mistake.

The conventional one-hand shooting method is to step toward the target and cant the gun inward.

One-Hand Engagement  

November 1, 2002

You don't like doing it, I don't like doing it…no one I know likes shooting with one hand. But quite often, how you shoot determines whether or not you go back to the street or end up in an office job riding a desk.

Original SWAT’s 9-inch leather side-zip boot is made to last through any kind of weather, keeping your feet dry and comfortable.

What's in a Boot?  

October 1, 2002

You probably know what you like, but you probably also see something new each time you browse your local uniform store, looking to replace your boots. Companies continue to come up with newer and better technologies every year.

Sept. 11, 2001 Memorial  

September 1, 2002

These officers died in the line of duty at the World Trade Center.

Body armor uses layers of super strong fibers to slow bullets.

Shock Absorbers  

August 1, 2002

If you are shot while wearing body armor, you will still feel the energy of the bullet's impact. But if the armor works, the force will be spread out over your entire torso rather than in just a specific area.

Code 7  

July 1, 2002

Of course, you don't have to work the late shift or even work the streets for a cop's lifestyle and eating habits to add up to obesity, high blood pressure, and other coronary risk factors.

Tags: Nutrition

Have Gun--Will Travel  

June 1, 2002

Today's law enforcement personnel have many choices beyond leather, and much more to carry than just a pistol.

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