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December 2009 Issue

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Cover Story

Watch What You Post

By Dean Scoville

Today's cops may still gather over a case of cold beer, but they also gather online using social networking tools such as MySpace and Facebook. Which is a problem for agencies and officers because what many users of social networks don't realize before its too late is that anything they do or say or write on these sites is done so in full view of the public.

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Features

DeSantis

Holiday Gift Guide  

It's pretty hard to find the right gift for anyone this time of year. Buying gifts for cops is especially difficult. That's why the editors at POLICE have assembled this quick look at a dozen great gifts that any cop would love.

Code 3

Bright Ideas in Lightbars  

Today, law enforcement lightbars are becoming even more high-tech with the adoption of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and computer controls. Many lightbars also now feature modular design that allows an agency to replace and repair modules rather than the entire system.

5.11 Tactical Utili-T

Second Skin Shirts  

So what did I find from the major vendors for base layers? There are base layers from cotton, various polyester/Lycra blends, wool blends, and layers for cold or hot weather. The choices seem to be endless.

Unblinking Eyes  

Modern wireless networks and new battery technologies make it possible to locate surveillance cameras and listening devices virtually anywhere and without breaking the bank to do it.

Peacekeeper International

IACP 2009: Best of Show  

Here's a quick look at some of the latest and greatest products that caught the eyes of our staff as they walked the aisles of the show.


Columns

Barracks at Fort Hood. Image via City-data.com.

Unarmed Victim Zones  

Like civilians trapped in a store, bank, or restaurant when a gunman barges in and starts shooting, the Fort Hood soldiers were left with their bare hands as their only weapons.

The Stupid Factor  

I especially love the folks who are not only stupid but self-righteously stupid, which ought to have its own special term like "extremepidity."


Reviews

CamelBak TriZip Pack

CamelBak TriZip Pack  

Scott Smith reviews gear from CamelBak, Insight Tech-Gear, Woolrich, and the Mako Group.

FNH USA SCAR 16S Patrol Rifle  

FN's SCAR is one of the first true 21st century rifles. It features amazing ergonomics and offers exceptional accuracy.


Departments

Shots Fired: San Antonio, Texas 09•08•2008  

As rounds smacked into the walls and furniture about Garcia and Roell, Garcia fired two quick bursts toward the top of the stairs.

A flashlight jabbed into the suspect’s neck or face area can keep him from taking your gun.

Improvised Backup Weapons  

When you're involved in a life-and-death battle where someone is grabbing your gun, anything in your hand can be used as an equalizer to help you gain control of your gun and gain control of the suspect by striking him in the face or head.

Information and Tips  

In addition to good citizens reporting suspicious behavior, police may receive tips from fellow officers, criminal informants, or anonymous sources. The more reliable the source of information, the less independent police investigation is necessary to verify the veracity of the tip.

Oshkosh Defense's TPV is built on a Ford F550 chassis with a 325-horsepower, turbocharged V-8 engine.

Cruising for a Bruising  

Even though it was toward the back of the exhibit hall, it was hard to miss Oshkosh Defense's new Tactical Protector Vehicle (TPV) at this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police show. It's an imposing vehicle.

Premature Miranda Warnings  

Give Miranda warnings just before commencement of apparent custodial police interrogation-not sooner. Leave Hollywood tactics to the actors.

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