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March 2013 Issue

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Less-Lethal Weapon Options

By Amaury Murgado

At present, less-lethal weapons are a fact of life. It's hard to find an agency that doesn't use at least one in one form or another. With technology advances being what they are, there are more options today than ever before. Let's look at some of the available technologies and how they make a difference.

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Features

<p>New World Systems&#39; Aegis LaunchPad for iPad. Photo courtesy of New World Systems.</p>

10 Great LE Mobile Apps  

It's difficult to find a police officer—or a person, for that matter—who doesn't use a smartphone or tablet today. While these ubiquitous devices can be used to communicate, watch movies, and play games, they have also become serious work tools that many officers depend on.

Tactical Headsets: 2013  

As tactical situations demand the most out of a team, it's important to find gear that will help get the job done, ensuring clear communication, comfort, and resilience.

<p>Photo courtesy of Tactical Command Industries.</p>

Trends In Tactical Headsets  

The evolution of tactical headsets has been a significant one. Within the past couple of years alone, we've seen great improvements in technology that affect some of the most important functions of a good unit: strong sound quality, comfort, and resilience.

<p>Photo courtesy of Palo Alto PD.</p>

Social Media Ridealongs  

Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.

<p>Photo courtesy of Night Vision Depot.</p>

20 Things You Need to Know About Night Vision  

Night vision tools are less ubiquitous in law enforcement, but as prices fall, they are becoming more common. Yet many law enforcement officers are still confused about what night vision can and can't do and what they need to know before buying it.


Columns

<p>Photo courtesy of Jon Adler.</p>

Death Benefits  

The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Act was signed into law in 1976, and it codified a means for the families of fallen law enforcement officers to file claims with the Department of Justice for financial assistance.

<p><span>Illustration by&nbsp;</span><span>Sequoia Blankenship.</span></p>

You Said What?  

One of the first things that becomes apparent when I review dash cam footage of incidents is how much vulgarity spurts out of our little brains under stress. It has long been said the last two words on the black box recorder from crashed aircraft are "Oh shit!"

<p>Photo: POLICE file</p>

Chris Dorner: The Injustice Collector  

Southern California cop killer Christopher Dorner was an injustice collector. If you read his lengthy and rambling manifesto, you will see that he filed away every little slight, real or imagined, and compiled an enemies list of people he wanted to pay back.


Reviews

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

Police Product Test: Streamlight Stinger LED  

For this Stinger, Streamlight had just upgraded the C4 LED from 180 lumens to a blazing 350 lumens and 24,000 candela on the brightest of three intensity settings.

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

Police Product Test: LifeProof iPhone 4S Case  

I tested a police blue LifeProof case on my iPhone 4S for a month for this review. And I tortured the thing. It's klutz proof and I believe it's also cop proof.

<p>Photo by Butch Simpson.</p>

Beretta 3032 Tomcat Subcompact Pistol  

Today Beretta's Model 92 gets all the attention, but the company has not forgotten its roots and still offers a number of blowback-operated, sub-compact pistols. The .32 ACP Beretta Tomcat is an extremely small concealed carry pistol that some officers use for backup and off-duty carry.


Departments

<p>Photo courtesy of Tom Wetzel.</p>

Adding Alley Lights to Police Cruisers  

It's been my experience that the alley lights on police cruisers are among the most underutilized tools in law enforcement. That's a shame because proper use of alley lights can make you a more effective crime fighter.

<p>Officer Lawson&#39;s patrol car was hit numerous times; six rounds struck the officer. Photo courtesy of Oklahoma City Police Department.</p>

Shots Fired: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 08/29/2010  

Before Lawson had time to open her car door, the man turned and raised a rifle and began shooting. Lawson's mind kicked into a hyperkinetic drive, her synapses firing in rapid-fire succession of one another and keeping pace with the man's action on the trigger of the AR-15 he was wielding.

<p>Photo courtesy of Altai Gear.</p>

Altai Gear's Tactical MF Boot  

The Altai Gear research and development team set to work creating a lightweight boot that took advantage of SuperFabric's high durability, breathability, stain resistance, and abrasion resistance to benefit law enforcement.

<p>Photo courtesy of Nate Hutchinson.</p>

Utah Sergeant Takes Fire to Rescue Downed Team Members  

Sgt. Nate Hutchinson braved gunfire to move two injured team members out of harm's way. He suffered four gunshot wounds and endured a lengthy recovery to return to duty.

<p>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</p>

Unlawful Reaction to Unlawful Action  

Let's face it—law enforcement officers sometimes make detentions, arrests, entries, or searches that run afoul of one or more of the hundreds of judicial decisions differentiating "reasonable" and "unreasonable" searches and seizures.

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