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February 2011 Issue

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<p><strong>Photo: Zuma Press.</strong></p>

One-Size-Fits-All Training  

While it would be precipitous to say that the job is becoming more dangerous for women officers, it is not unreasonable to ask if more can be done to ensure their safety.

Photo by Yuda Chen.

A Training Solution for Searching Female Suspects  

Female searches can be problematic for cops of both genders. Male officers are hamstrung by an inability to conduct such pat-downs, and female officers by their male counterparts' need to bring them to the scene to do the job.

Panasonic's PDRC (Permanent Display Removable Computer) offers a vehicle-mounted display and separate keyboard. Photo courtesy of Panasonic.

Vehicle Computer Docking Stations  

These seven docking stations offer connectivity for Ethernet, USB, LAN and other options to take you beyond basic mounting solutions.

Photo: Zuma Press.

New Developments In ALPR  

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology has been the "oh, wow" gadget for the past few years, and with good reason. ALPR can identify, screen, and record the license plates of more vehicles than an entire squad of police officers could handle, and can do it with greater accuracy and no fatigue factor.

DNA Evidence: What Patrol Officers Need to Know  

The advent of DNA analysis has revolutionized criminal investigations, and new techniques continue to improve the ways in which it can be used.

The V8 engine used in the Caprice PPV is a fourth-generation Chevy small block optimized for power and fuel savings.

High-Tech Engines in the New Cop Cars  

The end of the Crown Vic has heralded one of the most exciting eras in the history of law enforcement vehicles. The first true 21st century police cars have extremely sophisticated engines.


Columns

Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship

Dumping Garbage  

We have to decide not to carry garbage around ourselves and not to accept it from others.

Image via Flickr (stevelyon).

Saving Police Lives  

The odds of you dying in a traffic accident are much higher than the odds of you being shot while restrained in your car.


Reviews

5.11 Tactical's Praetorian 2 Gloves have "a good blend of insulation that's not so thick as to take away your ability to feel a trigger or to write." Photo courtesy of Scott Smith.

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical Praetorian 2 Gloves  

POLICE Magazine reviews the 5.11 Tactical Praetorian 2 Gloves, EoTech XPS2-0 Sight, and Lowa Boots Zephyr GTX.

Rock River Arms LAR-8 Varmint A4  

The advantage of a semi-auto weapon over a bolt gun is obvious. Follow-up shots are much quicker and the felt recoil is much less. Another advantage of the AR platform .308 weapons system is the familiar layout of the selector, mag release, and charging handle.


Departments

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com.</p>

Shots Fired: Bloomfield, Vermont 08/19/1997  

New Hampshire State Trooper Charles West halted a town's troubled resident who had killed two officers and a newspaper editor during a murderous rampage while armed with an AR-15 and ballistic vest.

Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.

Workplace Communication: Closing the Generation Gap  

For the first time in history, we have four generations working side by side in the modern workplace. They consist of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials (also known as Generation Y or Nexters). With four different groups working together, there is bound to be a collision between each other's set of values.

PFC Michael A. Riley's quick action helped save a fellow officer. Photo courtesy of U.S. Capitol Police.

Officer Revives Fellow Cop After Heart Attack On Duty  

Officer Michael A. Riley administered CPR and was finally able to detect a weak pulse and get Officer Bryan Nickelson breathing. By that time, additional police officers were on scene reporting the events on the radio.

Rugged Notebooks’ Eagle laptop meets the new NCIC access requirements.

Rugged Notebooks: Tough and Secure  

The Rugged Notebooks Eagle laptop has built-in biometric access control, is ruggedized to MIL-STD-810F, and is Windows 7 compatible.

'Don't Talk To My Client!'  

The Constitution does not forbid you to talk to a person just because that person has an attorney, or just because the attorney tells you not to do it. Instead, the law focuses on whether the suspect is willing to talk without his or her attorney present.

How To Handle Audio Exclusion  

The tools needed for simulating diminished hearing during training are basic: ear plugs and range ear muffs. These are effective for creating scenarios involving temporary hearing loss due to gun shots or other explosive sounds.

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