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September 2012 Issue

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Cover Story

Lidar Technology Comes of Age

By Craig Peterson

Some two decades after its arrival, the speed laser is rapidly becoming a commodity. POLICE Magazine gathered all of the most recent arrivals and spent weeks evaluating their performance, utility, and user-friendliness. Then they were placed in service with a local PD for one week each.

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Features

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

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger  

Sovereign citizens believe that the government has no right to tax them, issue licenses, or do many of the other things that the average American citizen has accepted as the roles of government. They also believe that the only legitimate law enforcement officer is the elected sheriff.

<p><span>A female police officer makes an arrest in the 1980s.&nbsp;</span>Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Police Historical Society.</p>

The First Female Patrol Officers  

The dawn of the contemporary female officer came in 1972. It was a moment in time where law enforcement's and the public's attitude toward women with badges began to change and female officers began to be perceived as "real police."

<p>Photos: Gage Skidmore and Dan Sears</p>

Police Readers Support Concealed Carry, Romney for President  

The vast majority of working law enforcement officers in the United States support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and plan to vote for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this fall. That's the findings of a survey conducted by POLICE Magazine this summer.

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

Municipal Bankruptcies: Running On Empty  

The bankruptcy filings swallowed by four California cities have left plenty of indigestion for officers. Like a rolling blackout on an electrical grid, fiscal distress has slowly crippled the police departments in these cities, bringing loss of pay, lower benefits, and layoffs.


Columns

<p>Photo courtesy of FLEOA.</p>

Hobbling Our Investigations  

Some elected officials seem compelled to introduce legislation aimed at protecting the rights of suspected criminals while impeding our investigations.

<p>Screenshot: ABC News</p>

Can You Prevent Mass Shootings?  

Thanks to two active shooters, it's been a summer of terror for the American public. What's good is that people are actually talking about what can be done to curb these shootings and how to respond to them. And that includes law enforcement.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Are You Ready to Win?  

Even though we now have these marvelous tools, the key to winning confrontations is still what is happening behind our eyes, not in our hands. Yes, great weapons help us win, but we have to have our minds right, before and during a life-and-death confrontation.


Reviews

<p>Photo: Alex Landeen</p>

Colt LE 901-16S Modular Carbine  

The Colt LE901-16S is a very versatile direct impingement gas-operated carbine with a 16.1-inch barrel. It's commonly referred to as a "modular carbine" because users can easily transform it from a 7.62mm NATO caliber carbine to a 5.56mm M4 carbine.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Police Product Test: Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II Flashlight  

Designed to be purpose mounted for hands-free use, either on a helmet or other gear, this light has four high-discharge LED bulbs that produce more than ample working light.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Police Product Test: FLIR Systems BHS Thermal Camera and Recorder  

The BHS series Bi-Ocular System's rugged design allows heavy use in all climates, so it can be used by any agency, any time of year. Because it's all weather sealed, the unit is even submersible when fitted with one of three quick connect lenses (35mm, 65mm, 100mm).


Departments

<p><span>Officers Kris Kubasta (left) and&nbsp;<span>Jenni Byrd.&nbsp;</span></span>Photo: Nick Byrd.</p>

Officers Save Two Sleeping Women from Burning Home  

A few hours after ringing in the new year, Officer Jenni Byrd of the San Jose Police Department spotted a growing fire through the window of a woman's home. She and Officer Kris Kubasta rousted the sleeping woman and her friend upstairs and brought them outside to safety.

<p><span><span>Scott Collier is now chief of the nearby Stratford Police Department.&nbsp;</span>Photo courtesy of Scott Collier.</span></p>

Shots Fired: Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 04/28/2007  

The duo approached the house where they found the front door standing half-way open. The two officers stepped across the threshold and into the living room, and they picked up sight of a male adult darting toward the back of the house.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

10 Things Dispatchers Want You to Know  

The emergency dispatcher is the police officer's lifeline out in the field: coordinating resources, making notifications, running checks, and getting you help when and where you need it. When your butt is on the line, so is theirs.

<p>Photo: LaMar Norman</p>

SWAT Fuel's Nutritional Supplements  

Medical doctor and longtime SWAT medic Dr. Dan Olesnicky has stepped in to fill that gap. With his company SWAT Fuel, he has developed the first product in a comprehensive line of supplements to aid military, law enforcement, and shift workers in efficiently using and maintaining energy.

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

Lawyers and Miranda Warnings: Either/Or?  

It sometimes happens that a suspect's lawyer offers to surrender him for arrest and agrees to let his or her client be questioned, provided the lawyer is present during the interrogation.

<p>Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.</p>

Drug Interdiction for Patrol  

You can't single-handedly win the "War on Drugs" as a patrol officer, but keen eyes and attention to detail on traffic stops can make an impact. A simple traffic stop could very well lead to a disruption in a drug supply line.

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