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November 2012 Issue

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Tablets: The Handheld Option

By Melanie Basich

To capitalize on the explosion of interest in handheld computers, plenty of companies have launched new tablets, including many specifically designed for police work. These devices are still new, but they are expected to have a major impact on public safety technology.

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Features

<p>Photo: Raymond King, Michigan State Police</p>

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests  

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.


Columns

<p>Photo: Jeff Goldberg</p>

New York's Mobile Trauma Unit  

Since its inception, the New York-based Mobile Trauma Unit (MTU) has provided critical medical support to law enforcement officers during national security events, high-risk enforcement operations, and training exercises.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Hunting for Shooting Mastery  

Some trainers say it takes 5,000 reps or five years to master a weapon or a skill, but that doesn't match the research. The research says we don't know how many reps or how long it will take YOU to master a skill.

<p><span>Screenshot via KPRC.</span></p>

Do You Have a Personal Life?  

Cops are being punished for activities that they participated in while off duty and while not identifying themselves as officers. So one has to ask the questions: What is an officer permitted to do off duty? Where are the red lines? And at what point do officers lose their First Amendment rights?


Reviews

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

Police Product Test: G Squared Consulting Falcon Gloves  

G Squared's new Falcon gloves are a great choice for anyone needing a durable, all-purpose patrol glove with the added bonus of touch screen connectivity.

<p>Photo: Nike</p>

Police Product Test: Nike Special Field Boots  

A team of officers at the Chicago Police Department wore the new Nike SFBs during 12-hour shifts of crowd control duty last summer and scored them on comfort, features, durability, what law enforcement assignments they would be good for, and value.

<p>Photo courtesy of SIG Sauer.</p>

SIG Sauer P250 Subcompact Pistol  

The potential for customization with the P250 means that you can select the perfect frame size that provides the best reach to the trigger and the nicest grip or ergonomics for your hand size.


Departments

<p>Photo courtesy of Douglas Cropper.</p>

Trooper Stops Wrong-Way Driver with Cruiser  

Maine State Trooper Douglas Cropper got a call that an elderly man was driving the wrong way down I-295 in Portland and was headed in his direction. The trooper was prepared to ram the vehicle, but was able to stop it by edging the nose of his patrol car onto the highway, forcing the driver to crash into him.

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

How to Approach Traffic Stops  

Experience teaches that there is nothing routine about what we do once we hit the streets. Traffic stops are no exception. A traffic stop generally has two threat levels; you are either at risk or at high risk.

<p>Photo courtesy of Harris Corp.</p>

Harris Corp.'s InTouch RPC-200 Smartphone  

Like all other Android smartphones, the InTouch can also run apps, including Harris' BeOn push-to-talk app. Unlike other smartphones, the InTouch is designed to survive rough duty.

<p>Photo: Boynton Beach PD</p>

Shots Fired: Boynton Beach, Florida 06/12/2012  

Reynolds saw the muzzle flashes from Wallace's .45 and darted to his left, sprinting across the blacktop and onto a gravel road. Bullets ricocheted off the ground at his feet. He ran for the cover of a telephone pole and returned fire, laying down six rounds of suppression fire. Munro opened fire, too. Wallace shot back.

<p>Photo: Yuda Chen</p>

10 Things Officers Want to Tell Dispatchers  

Previously, POLICE Magazine shared some things that dispatchers always wanted officers to know. This time, the shoe is on the other foot, and we allow field units to give dispatchers some advice.

<p>Photo: Vince Taroc</p>

Expanded Definition of "Search"  

When the government, in an attempt to get information, "trespasses" on any of the items specifically listed in the Fourth Amendment ("persons, houses, papers and effects"), this constitutes a "search," whether or not there is any infringement of a suspect's legitimate expectation of privacy.

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