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November 2011 Issue

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2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

By Paul Clinton

Chrysler's Dodge Charger Pursuit, General Motors' Chevy Caprice PPV, and Ford's Police Interceptor are now the talk of the police vehicle world, as the Big 3 battle to see what company and what car will take the lion's share of what has been undeniably the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor's market.

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Features

<p>Spillman&#39;s new Mobile 4.6 software</p>

Mobile Computing Tools  

In the last decade, law enforcement patrol vehicles have become more like high-tech offices than the old-fashioned prowl cars of the past. Today's officer has more technology in his or her patrol unit than astronauts had in the space shuttle. And like any high-tech office, the new patrol car cabin is built around the presence of a powerful computer.

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

Online Protection for Cops  

As a public servant you are under constant scrutiny and you are held to a higher standard of ethical conduct than other citizens; this higher standard also covers things like online social networking.

<p>Montclair (Calif.) PD&#39;s Capt. Michael deMoet. Photo: Paul Clinton.</p>

Choosing Caprice  

The Montclair (Calif.) Police Department chose Caprice to replace its aging Crown Vics due to the spacious cabin, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 6.0-liter V-8 engine, and dynamic braking.

<p>The Kawasaki Concours 14P was one of six police bikes tested in Michigan. Photo: Michigan State Police</p>

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles  

Michigan State Police tested new cruisers from Victory Motorcycles—the Commander I and Vision—among the six police motorcycles to be offered in the 2012 model year.

<p>Photo: Sylvia Longmire.</p>

The War Correspondent: Sylvia Longmire  

Author Sylvia Longmire has been studying Mexico's drug and human smuggling operations for much of her life.


Columns

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Responding to a Code Z  

A plethora of TV shows, movies, and novels explore all types of the undead or living dead. Future generations will no doubt attribute this fixation to one or another of our social ills, and one certainly has to admit that there must be some strange social collective fear that has made these critters the subject of so much attention.

<p>Photo: <span class=&quot;&quot;&quot;username&quot;&quot;&quot;><a href=&quot;&quot;&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannynic/&quot;&quot;&quot;>Danny Nicholson</a>.</span></p>

Editorial: Lions and Tigers and Bears  

The sheriff of Muskingum County, Ohio, Matt Lutz, and his officers went to work on Oct. 19, probably expecting the usual routine operations of a rural sheriff's department. But before the day was over they became reluctant big game hunters.


Reviews

<p>Photo: 5.11 Tactical</p>

Police Product Test: 5.11 Tactical's ARK Recurve and Tanto Knives  

The ARK Recurve and Tanto folders are completely black with thin, angle cut grooved G10 grips. They're definitely easy on the eyes, but they're also functional. Both are liner lock folders with G10 scales and black razor sharp AUS8 steel blades.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: 782 Gear's Rogue Parka  

The Rogue is 782's flagship parka. The fabric makes this "hard-shell" jacket virtually waterproof. It is also quiet. Most "hard-shells'" make that swishing sound that is not only annoying but can give you away when you require stealth.

<p>Photo: Scott Smith</p>

Police Product Test: SOG Knives' EOD PowerLock  

I have noticed that the EOD PowerLock has improved in several ways. It now has a true needle-nose plier that will give you a fine point when you need it to grasp and pinch small items.

<p>Photo: Hanzo Hattori</p>

Kel-Tec KSG Shotgun  

Most shooters' first impression of Kel-Tec's new KSG shotgun is that it looks like a weapon out of a video game or some sci-fi movie. But despite its unconventional bullpup design, I believe this innovative weapon will have a positive impact on the law enforcement community.


Departments

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

Leading by Example  

What most agencies do well is produce managers; it helps with short-term goals but exasperates long-term ones. Please don't tell me you are part of that innocuous group of lost souls that think managing and leading are the same thing, because they're not.

<p>Photo: Tom Wetzel</p>

Surviving Foot Patrol  

The benefits of foot beats are many and this type of patrol should be a fundamental aspect in any community policing model. But after being directed to an assigned area or neighborhood to walk, an officer and his or her department should have sound strategies in place for how best to accomplish this mission in a safe and productive manner.

<p>Photo: Cejay Engineering</p>

Electric Flash-Bang: Cejay Engineering's Hero  

Cejay Engineering's new Hero marking product is a distraction device with the goal of protecting officers and agencies from accidents with flash-bangs. The Hero is a battery-operated distraction device that emits an ear-splitting 130 decibels and flashes five times per second a blinding 600 lumens of light.

<p>Logo: NLEOMF</p>

Bilingual DHS Agent Catches Man Wanted for Murder  

Special Agent Patrick Simpson of the Department of Homeland Security was instrumental in helping members of a DHS task force apprehend a fugitive wanted for double homicide. The fact that he spoke Spanish allowed him to locate the suspect, apprehend him, and then elicit a confession.

<p>Photo: Fort Smith (Ark.) PD.</p>

Shots Fired: Fort Smith, Arkansas 09/15/2010  

A rape investigation presented immediate barriers for Fort Smith PD's Det. Jeff Carter, such as a reluctant victim and informant with a criminal record and chemical dependence.

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

Vehicle Checkpoints  

Checkpoint stops are different-multiple vehicles are stopped one after the other, at the same place, without any suspicion beforehand that anyone in particular may be engaged in unlawful activity.

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