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12 Really Cool New Police Products

August 10, 2012

Here's a look at some products that really impressed or intrigued the POLICE staff in the last 12 months or so. Most are new. Some are just new to us.

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

July 10, 2012

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.

RedXDefense's XCAT Chemical Detector

July 1, 2012

RedXDefense's new XCAT is a narcotics, explosives, and gunshot residue detection system that was developed as the law enforcement version of the company's portable military explosive detector.

10 Things You Need to Know About Folding Knives

June 21, 2012

A good quality folding knife can be an excellent backup weapon when nothing else is available. This is especially true when some dirtbag has grabbed your gun and you're having to use your strong hand to keep it in your holster and you need a piece of steel in your weak hand to discourage him.

Wasting Emergency Assets

June 7, 2012

Something like 38% of all 911 calls in New York City are now attributed to the phenomenon known as "butt-dialing." The New York City 911 operators receive 10.4 million calls a year and nearly 4 million of them are accidental. And the Big Apple is not alone in suffering from this problem. It's a nationwide plague caused by a little-known cellphone feature.

Van Jones: A Window Into Extreme Leftist Thinking

May 23, 2012

Generally, I don't pay a lot of attention to the mutterings of extreme partisans on either side of the political divide. But a recent Rolling Stone interview with former Obama administration Green Jobs advisor Van Jones gave such insight into the brain waves of extreme leftists that it got me thinking.

Morphix Chameleon Chemical Detection Kit

May 15, 2012

Morphix Technologies developed its multi-threat chemical detector called the Chameleon for the military, and then repurposed it for public safety.

Beating the High Cost of Training Ammo

May 7, 2012

The high cost of ammo has police agencies scrambling for ways to cut their firearms training budgets while still maintaining standards. Some are walking a very dangerous line where their solution to the problem has been to cut back on firearms training opportunities both for in-service personnel and for recruits. Others are looking for ways to achieve the same training goals without sending ammo down range.

Cyalume's Explosive Simulation Devices

April 4, 2012

Cyalume, maker of a wide variety of chemiluminescent tools such as light sticks, believes it has the answer to this bomb training dilemma. The company's new line of eight police explosive training simulators uses compressed air and a special chemical powder to create non-pyrotechnic bomb effects.

Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier

March 20, 2012

In recent years technology has come to the aid of tactical police units to help them gain better intel and counter their adversaries' tactical advantages.

FOCUS Act: A Law of Unintended Consequences

March 5, 2012

Recent news that Congress is considering a bill that could strip federal fish and game officers of their firearms struck a nerve with me. It's another example of civilians not realizing the dangers faced by these dedicated officers.

SHOT Show 2012: Best of Show

March 1, 2012

Last month, we gave you a look at some of the items from SHOT that immediately caught our attention. This month, we're going to open up the briefcase, and the boxes, load the CDs and the jump drives, and give you our Best of Show report.

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?

February 22, 2012

Many experts say the smartphone will not become a truly viable law enforcement tool until a new high-speed data (LTE) system for public safety is in place. But even with the current commercial cellular data system smartphones are playing a major role in law enforcement operations.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

February 7, 2012

"Kill me if you can, suckers." That was the taunting sign-off of a letter written to the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette newspaper last month by convicted killer Danny Hembree Jr.

WMD Products for Law Enforcement

January 25, 2012

Today, there's less emphasis on equipping every law enforcement agency in America for responding to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) incidents. But that doesn't mean that some officers at some agencies are in need of the latest personal protective equipment.

The Future of CQB Optics

January 12, 2012

Today, rifle optics that once were only seen on SWAT weapons are now commonplace on patrol rifles. A lot has changed in less than 10 years. Which begs the question, What innovations are likely to change law enforcement CQB optics between now and 2021?

Stop Making Victims

January 3, 2012

Not resisting is fine when all Joe Thug wants is a wallet or purse. But if he wants to kill, it's time to resist. Hopefully the would-be victim has a gun or a knife but if not there's bricks, rocks, car keys, elbows, knees, feet, fists...

15 Questions To Ask Before Enrolling In An Online University

December 22, 2011

A law enforcement officer who is considering the pursuit of a degree through an online university needs to know the answers to the following questions before enrolling.

How Video Analysis Helped the Vancouver Riot Prosecutors

December 16, 2011

The Vancouver Police Department and surrounding agencies anaylized hundreds of hours of video footage in the prosecution of hockey hooligans.

Blue on Blue: The Speeding Miami Cop

December 6, 2011

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper's decision to pull over a speeding Miami PD cruiser on Florida's Turnpike sparked blue-on-blue tensions that verged on childishness.

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