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Law enforcement officers can now choose from a variety of high-lumen flashlights to help illuminate dark alleys, vehicles, or rooms. These lights can improve officer safety by revealing threats, and assist in searches for trace evidence in low-light scenarios. Photos courtesy of vendors.
Weapon lights and laser sights for both handguns and long guns are valuable assets for officers in all assignments. The following from 12 leading law enforcement suppliers are some of the most innovative and highest quality versions of these tools on the market.
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.
Writer, wildlife photographer, hunter, and naturalist Ron Spomer tests Brite-Strike's APALS, an innovative feather weight, self-adhesive, multi-purpose light.
On the palm of each glove is a red stop sign pocket made of this material that holds two LED strips, and on the back of the hand are two green light strips that hold one LED strip each. The combination allows motorists to see the light up to at least one-quarter mile away, and the replaceable lithium batteries last for up to 35 hours.
LED strips on Brite-Strike's Traffic Safety Gloves make officers visible to motorists even in complete darkness. Source: Brite-Strike
Brite-Strike's APALS is a self-adhesive LED light strip designed to improve officer safety during traffic enforcement at night. Source: Brite-Strike
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.
Every cop needs at least one reliable flashlight for duty, and most own a few for various situations. Here are 11 models from leading gear suppliers if you're in the market for a light.
Buying holiday gifts for cops can be a difficult task. That's why the editors of Police Magazine are offering this quick guide to some of the best products that we've seen this year (or in the last few years) that sell for less than $200. This guide does not include any holsters because that's best left to the officer.
Like all Brite-Strike products, the Flexaton BIL contains a strobing flashlight that can be used to distract and disorient a suspect. This is a safety feature that can provide an officer with enough time to get the upper hand in a confrontation.
This year, the law enforcement section of the show wound through both floors of the Sands Expo Center and into numerous ballrooms in the Venetian Hotel. Exhibitors along the law enforcement aisles were showing everything from machine guns to mannequins, ranging in size from vehicles to lights the size of a stick of Dentyne gum.
POLICE Magazine reviews the Smith Optics Aegis Eye Shields, Brite-Strike Traffic and Cycle LED Gloves, Magnum Spider Urban Boots, and 5.11 Tactical's Tac Dry Rain Shell.
Duty lights have gone through numerous evolutions over the course of the last decade. We have seen the once standard one-size-fits-all flashlight morph into mission and unit specific lights.