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February 2017 Issue

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Cover Story

Law Enforcement Vehicles 2017

By Melanie Basich and David Griffith

There is no one-size-fits-all vehicle solution for law enforcement. Here is a look at the wide range of vehicles available to meet the needs of today's law enforcement officers.

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Features

<p>BMW</p>

New Rides for Motor Officers  

The iconic law enforcement motorcycle is most visible conducting traffic enforcement on highways and participating in special events and motorcades.  Manufacturers are continually working to improve performance and comfort for motor officers. Here's a look at motorcycles currently available for law enforcement.

<p>Vigilant Solutions&#39; Mobile Companion app includes&nbsp;Mobile Hit Hunter, which helps officers pinpoint the locations of target vehicles.</p>

Smart Phone Apps: Extra Features  

Today we throw around the term "smartphone" with emphasis on the "phone" part of the word. But our real attention should be paid to the "smart." The processing power of these devices and their capabilities go far beyond cellular telephony. And manufacturers of law enforcement technology products have taken notice.

<p>LAPD patrol car with battle damage from the North Hollywood Shootout. Photo: Los Angeles Police Museum/David Fryar<br /><br /></p>

North Hollywood Shootout: Baptism of Fire  

Officer Zboravan recalls the infamous North Hollywood Shootout with lifesaving advice for officers who are shot.

<p>Photo: ELSAG</p>

Traffic Safety Tools  

These solutions help officers monitor vehicles and driver behavior to enforce the laws of the road.


Columns

Madmen Cause Mass Killings, Not Guns  

Blaming mass killings in the United States on the availability of firearms is like blaming stupid comments on the availability of vocal chords.

Personal Maintenance  

In the modern world there are many great reminders to help us make sure we do our maintenance chores right on time. I just wish the critical tools in my life had the same reminders.

Self-Discipline  

Not too long ago, I was asked to identify the one leadership characteristic that rises above all others as the most important. Though I was intrigued by the question and was prepared to give it a great deal of thought, I came up with an answer almost immediately. It was a trait instilled in me while serving in the military: self-discipline.

Placing the Blame  

There are probably no easy solutions to the problem of violent crime in America, but the fact that we can't keep the bad guys in jail, or even under close watch after we let them out, is a major problem.


Departments

<p>First, you need to establish if you&#39;re investigating a burglary (or other crime) in progress, or if the incident has ended. (Photo: StockPhoto.com)</p>

How to Investigate a Burglary  

My friend used investigating burglaries as his template for training new detectives. Since his clearance rate was always above the national average, his training model likely has merit. With that in mind, here are some points to remember.

<p>Photo: Carla Blazek </p>

Using Force Scenarios for Training  

The vast majority of arrests are accomplished without any force being applied by police officers. But it helps to look at as many of the details as possible.

<p>Photo: Baker Ballistics</p>

Portable Rifle Protection  

Baker Ballistics has a new portable rifle protection system that offers multi-hit protection from armor-piercing rifle bullets.

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