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The LC9 comes with both flat and extended magazine base pads.

Ruger's LC9

Ruger developed the LC9 as a 9mm version of its Lightweight Compact Pistol (LCP). The LC9 is a DAO hammer-fired sub-compact pistol that works well as a backup for off-duty law enforcement officers. It provides a seven-round capacity and retails for $443. We featured Ruger's LC9 as our "Arsenal" review for March 2012. Photos by Butch Simpson.

Thermal imaging makes us of the difference in temperature between an object and its surroundings. This image was taken from a Star SAFIRE system mounted to a fixed-wing PC-12 in Hillsboro, Ore.

Thermal Imaging

A high-end thermal imaging system such as FLIR's Star SAFIRE HD offers law enforcement officers a powerful search tool for detecting heat-emitting objects across large search areas. The system offers a high-definition infrared camera mounted to an airborne unit that produces both EO (electro-optic) color and IR (infrared) white-hot images. Photos courtesy of FLIR Systems.

SIG Sauer brought the first working versions of its P938 pistol (above), a 9mm version of its own P238 (below) concealed carry gun in .380 ACP. SIG also introduced the P224 sub-compact pistol in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG with either a DAK or DA/SA trigger system.

SHOT Show 2012 In Pictures

SHOT Show 2012 featured plenty of new gear for law enforcement officers. The show drew more than 61,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and added several "law enforcement only" halls for vendors. View our gallery and read our two-part coverage of the show, "Report From the Aisles" and "Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.

Troy has a new line of computer mounts that include a slide arm with a maximum reach of 17 inches, so you can adjust it into the most comfortable position. The slide arm is nine inches long and slides out an additional eight inches. It is designed to stop in a positive position anywhere along the eight-inch travel length. It also rotates 360 degrees and locks in a positive position every 30 degrees. Best of all, Troy computer mounts are shipped to customers completely pre-assembled.

In-Vehicle Mounts

In-vehicle mounts keep devices like computers and printers perfectly positioned in your roving office. View our photo gallery of seven current offerings from police suppliers.

Officer Gramins pursued Maddox into a residential neighborhood, after identifying the white Bonneville as a vehicle used in a bank robbery.

Shots Fired, Skokie, Ill., Crime Scene

Skokie (Ill.) Police Officer Tim Gramins pursuit of bank robbery suspect Raymond Maddox was going well until Maddox headed into a residential neighborhood and slammed on the brakes. Gramins was drawn into a deadly daylight gunfight with neighbors looking on. Maddox lacerated the officer's cruiser with a barrage of 9mm and .380 rounds until Gramins ended the fight. Read the full story in our "Shots Fired: Skokie, Illinois 08/25/2008." Photos are courtesy of Skokie PD.

With small blades without a handle, the suspect will usually hold the blade between the thumb and index finger using a standard grip.

Small Edged Weapons

Many of the criminals now being released have learned to use small edged weapons in prison. Some of these inmates are very skilled at using these blades to slice and kill. Job one for a police officer is to not get cut and to stop the attack. After viewing these photos, read our full article, "Defending Against Small Edged Weapons."

ATK's Federal Premium Guard Dog Home Defense rounds are also suited to law enforcement because of their high velocities, low recoil, and reliable feeding. Featuring a patented EFMJ construction, this bullet is filled with expanding polymer that minimizes over-penetration through interior walls. This non-hollow-point is available in lightweight 9mm, .40 S&W and, .45 auto handgun options.

Ammunition: 2012

For on-duty and off-duty ammunition options, check out POLICE Magazine's gallery of the newest ammo offerings for law enforcement. Whether you're loading handgun rounds, rifle cartridges, or shotshells, this ammo will help you stop any potential threats.

Springfield Armory's XD(m)-9 5.25 pistol is the latest arrival in the XD(m) line. It was designed with the help of champion shooter Rob Leatham.

Springfield's XD(m)-9 5.25

At first glance, Springfield Armory's XD(m)-9 5.25 pistol may be viewed as a pistol for competitive shooters. The company did indeed seek design input from champion shooter Rob Leatham. However, it's a viable option for police service. It's excellent ergonomics, low recoil, and high cartridge capacity would be especially useful in tactical operations. Read our full "Arsenal" review of the gun.

Three of the LAPD's American Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopters patrol near Dodger Stadium.

LAPD's Air Support Division

The LAPD Air Support Division is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement organization in the U.S. and operates from the LAPD Hooper Heliport. The helicopter crews assist with thousands of arrests, pursuits and crimes in progress each year. The LAPD's airborne law enforcement program began with one helicopter in 1956. Today, the Air Support Division is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world and logged more than 18,000 flight hours in 2011. Photos courtesy of the LAPD's Air Support Angel's Foundation.

Sandbags are one great way to develop the functional strength you require on the job. The sandbag lift is a total body exercise that enhances motor control and core strength. This is the start point of a 100-pound sandbag lift.

Odd Objects

You can develop a great deal of strength in the weight room, but traditional barbell lifts won't help you to perform a real-life tasks on the job like sandbag lifts and rope pulls will. I recommend adding odd object lifting to your exercise regimen to increase functional strength and add variety to your program. Read our feature, "Odd Object Training," for the full story.

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