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December 2010 Issue

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Cover Story

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

By Paul Clinton

The Michigan State Police have been driving and rating new police vehicles since 1974. But this year is special. The agency's precision drivers say they would be hard-pressed to name a year of testing that's generated more discussion and anticipation than this one.

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Features

The BlackHawk Legacy L6P's polymer body arrives with big checkers for a good purchase in various conditions with or without gloves. Photo courtesy of BlackHawk.

Flashlights  

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.

IACP 2010: Best of Show  

Every International Association of Chiefs of Police show kind of has its own vibe. Last year's show in Denver was all about vehicles. This year's show was much more subdued but there was still plenty of cool stuff on the show floor.

The BlackHawk Operations Jacket is good for off-duty or plainclothes carry. Image courtesy of BlackHawk.

12 Great Holiday Gifts for Cops  

Once again, the editors of POLICE Magazine offer you our annual holiday gift guide. Note: We've allowed some inflation this year. The price limit for 2010 is $350 (Yes, we know. That's a substantial gift).

Surveillance Technology: An End to Stakeouts?  

Modern surveillance techniques still use the old methods, but technology can make the process both easier and more likely to yield good results.

Horace Small uniforms

Uniforms: What's Out There Now  

Here's a primer on the types of apparel offered by uniform companies for law enforcement officers.

Harley-Davidson's Electra Glide was one of four police motorcycles tested by the Michigan State Police. Photo courtesy of MSP.

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles  

Kawasaki's Concours 14P ABS motorcycle turned heads when it was relaunched in May (Kawasaki initially introduced it in 2009), and may have generated the most off-line conversations at this year's Michigan State Police vehicle testing.


Columns

Spring Forward, Fall Back  

The funny thing is most Americans can't even name the time zone they live in much less understand why they are changing their clocks twice a year, and they have to ask the flight attendant what time it is wherever they've just landed.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Photo via Flickr.com (Jacob Whittaker).

Peace On Earth  

There is no peace on Earth this Christmas season, but there are peaceful moments. And the only reason that we have such peaceful moments is because of the sheepdogs.


Reviews

Police Product Test: Boyt Tactical Hard/Soft Case  

POLICE Magazine reviews the Boyt Tactical Hard Sided/Soft Case Combo, Propper Lightweight Tactical Pants, Tru-Spec by Atlanco 3 In 1 Jacket, and (as a Web exclusive) iTAC Defense RDS1 Red-Dot Sight.

SIG Sauer P220 Compact Pistols  

SIG Sauer has developed a new line of SIG 220 .45 ACP pistols: one model with a full-size SIG 220 grip and one with a shorter grip that is considerably more concealable.


Departments

Stocking Your Patrol Bag  

Regularly assess the contents of your patrol bag to make sure you have the essentials and no outdated items. Regardless of your assignment, extra ammo and some form of hydration system are important to carry with you.

Surviving Office Politics  

In an organizational hierarchy, bureaucratic politics share the same tendencies wherever you go. We attend classes on almost every subject imaginable but I can't think of one on how to deal with the political nature of law enforcement.

The Portland Police Bureau's Officer Scott Westerman was tragically forced to counter a paranoid woman's attack. Image courtesy of Portland Police Bureau.

Shots Fired: Portland, Oregon 12/14/1996  

After a mentally ill woman fired on a paramedic responding to her call that she ingested poison, Portland Police Officer Scott Westerman was tragically forced to counter her attack.

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eddie Thornton is the NLEOMF's Officer of the Month for December. Photo courtesy of NLEOMF.

Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Stops Schizophrenic Shooter  

As the officer got into his Dodge Ram truck, the man with the duty belt started firing on his vehicle. Thornton lay down along the front seat as glass from his truck's windows shattered around him. He kept peering up to check the assailant's location.

Make Your Arm a Stun Weapon  

ArmStar's futuristic new stun weapon could make hands-on engagements with suspects really one-sided in your favor.

Vehicle Searches: Where and When?  

It would be great if there were a single, simple rule to tell you where and when you may lawfully search a vehicle for contraband or evidence. Unfortunately, there are multiple rules, and sometimes more than one of them may apply.

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