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July 2013 Issue

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Cover Story

On-Body Video: Eye Witness or Big Brother?

By Mark W. Clark

The era of on-officer video has arrived. The technology is poised to help keep officers safer and more accountable on the job, while protecting law enforcement agencies from nuisance lawsuits.

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Features

<p>Horace Small&#39;s Generation Stretch line of uniforms incorporate lycra to provide the wearer with more comfort in the hot weather.</p>

Warm Weather Wear  

With increased heat in the summer months, law enforcement uniform manufacturers are creating products specifically for the season or adjusting their current products to be used universally.

<p>Elbeco&#39;s V1 External Vest Carrier lets officers wear their vests externally while maintaining a professional appearance.</p>

Concealable Body Armor Gets More Comfortable  

Since the NIJ-6 standard was issued, both law enforcement uniform and body armor manufacturers have been looking for new methods of making ballistic-resistant soft body armor that meets the dictates of the standard, but is also thinner, lighter, and more thermally bearable.

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

What to Look for When Buying a Holster  

There are two requirements for every holster. Number one, a holster needs to keep a pistol secure when it is not needed. Number two, a holster has to let the wearer get to his or her weapon fast when it is needed.


Columns

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

Raise Your Honor High  

Ah, but the healing is a wonderful thing to see. Daily, each of you earn more and more and more honor for us all. Your courage, your actions, your compassion, is an hourly ratcheting up of our honor.

<p>TASER Axon Flex image courtesy of TASER International.</p>

On-Body Video: The Future of Policing Arrives  

The rules of the game may be changing. Forward-looking agencies embrace new technology at about the same time as the rest of society. That seems to be the case with on-body video systems.

<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/coast_guard/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>USCG</a>/Flickr.</p>

America's Maritime Cops  

For more than two centuries, the U.S. Coast Guard has served diligently every day as America's leading maritime law enforcement agency.


Reviews

<p>Photo by A.J. George.</p>

Police Product Test: Blue Force Gear Ten-Speed Chest Rig  

Blue Force Gear's new Ten-Speed Chest Rig takes the simple yet highly functional concept of the load-bearing chest rig and not only makes it more versatile, but sheds unnecessary weight in the process.

<p>Photo by A.J. George.</p>

Police Product Test: Gerber Bullrush Multi-Tool  

Gerber approached the development of its new Bullrush Multi-Tool for first responders the right way: with extensive collaboration from firefighters, police officers, and EMTs.

<p>Photo by Alex Landeen</p>

Israel Weapon Industries SAR-21 Rifle  

In addition to its service with the Israel Defense Forces, the Tavor has been adopted by military units and law enforcement agencies in many different countries. Select fire and semi-auto versions of the Tavor are available for a variety of applications.


Departments

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

How To Write Better Police Reports  

In those cases where force is used—and we are most likely to be sued—we seem to be ashamed to tell the truth and admit that we hit, punched, kicked, bit, scratched, and otherwise got nasty with some miscreant.

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

Cyalume's VisiPad Chemical Marker  

From its name, the VisiPad sounds like it might be an accessory for Apple's ubiquitous iPad tablet computer, but it's actually a chemical illumination marker. Like a lightstick, the VisiPad is a chemically activated illumination tool.

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

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012  

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

<p>Photo by Traci Dean.</p>

Closing the Gap  

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.

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

When Miranda Doesn't Matter  

Miranda warnings should not be given when they aren't legally necessary such as when information is urgently needed to protect the safety of officers or the public, or to rescue a victim.

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