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Law enforcement apparel maker 5.11 Tactical entered the flashlight market several years back with its supercapacitor-powered Light for Life patrol light. At this year's IACP, the company introduced a new line of conventional battery-powered flashlights called ATAC. The five ATAC lights range in size from a 6-inch long pen light to a 5.3-inch tactical light. All except the pen light offers advanced features such as strobe mode. Prices range from $29.99 to $84.99.

12 Great Gifts for Cops

Buying holiday gifts for cops can be a difficult task. That's why the editors of Police Magazine are offering this quick guide to some of the best products that we've seen this year (or in the last few years) that sell for less than $200. This guide does not include any holsters because that's best left to the officer.

In addition to recording eight hours of high-definition video and audio with a 71-degree field of view, the new LE-2 from VieVu on-body camera system is facial recognition compatible and can live-stream as it records. It easily clips to a uniform to record evidence for later use in court. The LE-2 requires the Veripatrol software system, which utilizes a Digital Signature process that marks each video with a digital hash certificate to prove that the video has not been altered. If you already have a previous generation VieVu camera, you can easily upgrade to the LE-2 system. It will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

IACP 2011 In Pictures

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, which was held Oct. 22-26 in Chicago, appeared to focus on officer protection. View this photo gallery for 16 innovative products that caught the attention of POLICE Magazine's reporters. And read our feature, "IACP 2011 Highlights," for 12 more products. Photos by Mark W. Clark.

The 5.11 Tactical Sabre 2.0 jacket features the QUIXIP side access  system for fast sidearm access. Radio mic pass-through openings from the  hand warmer pockets to the inside of the jacket and three pullout ID  panels allow you to remain covert. The softshell outer shell is  waterproof yet breathable and features waterproof zippers on the front  and arms. A removable hood can be detached and stowed in an  easily-accessible vertical back zipper pocket.

Outerwear: 2011

It used to be you had to wear the bulky jacket your agency mandated for duty wear. But now there are many different options for duty, training, and other details. And even those formerly bulky jackets are more streamlined, comfortable, and effective at keeping the weather at bay. Here's a look at some of this next-generation outerwear.

Kel-Tec's KSG is only 26 inches but offers much more firepower than conventional pump guns.

Kel-Tec KSG

Kel-Tec's KSG shotgun may be the most anticipated firearm of 2011, due to its unusual, innovative design. The high-capacity weapon arrives with twin 7-round magazine tubes, giving operators 15 total rounds when a shell is chambered. The KSG's short barrel and bullpup design give patrol officers flexibility when deploying it from a cruiser. View detailed photos of the weapon, and be sure to read our November "Arsenal" review. Photos: Hanzo Hattori.

The Commander I, which is powered by a 106cc V-twin, generates 97 hp. The engine is air and oil cooled, and arrives with a multi-plate wet clutch.

Victory Police Motorcycles

Victory Motorcycles, a division of Polaris, has introduced three new motorcycles into the police market for 2012—the Commander I, Commander II, and Vision. The touring-type bikes are conversions of the civilian Victory models Cross Country, Cross Roads, and Vision Tour respectively. The distinctively styled bikes have been upfitted for police use, tested in Michigan and Los Angeles by precision LE drivers, and adopted by several smaller agencies. Victory reps tout the officer-safety features on the cycles.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Michigan Vehicle Tests In Pictures

The Michigan State Police tested 2012 model-year patrol vehicles at this year's tests in mid-September. State troopers assigned to the Precision Driving Unit tested vehicles submitted by Chrysler/Dodge, Ford, General Motors/Chevrolet, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, and Victory Motorcycles. Photos courtesy of Michigan State Police unless indicated otherwise.

The Pit-bull VX from Alpine Armoring  strikes an imposing stance, and may help violators rethink their barricaded position.

Alpine's Pit-bull VX SWAT Truck

Alpine Armoring's Pit-bull VX SWAT Truck debuted at the 2011 IACP conference in Chicago, and the sleek, imposing vehicle looks like it may have rolled off an action-movie set. The 4x4 truck, which is built on a Ford F-550 chassis, offers armor protection up to NIJ Level IV to stop high-power rifle rounds, including 7.62x51, 7.62x54, and 5.56x45. View our gallery for more on this vehicle. Photos courtesy of Alpine Armoring.

The DoubleTap carries two rounds in the chamber and the integral grips house two additional spare rounds.

DoubleTap Pocket Pistol

Heizer Defense has introduced the DoubleTap, a slim and light pocket pistol available in .45 ACP or 9mm with a four-round capacity. The pistol offers an unusual break-action feature and ambidextrous thumb latch controls. Heizer is touting the pistol's engineering and manufacture at an aerospace facility.

Priced at only $1,895, Digital Ally: DVM-100's is a high-quality  digital  in-car video system for budget-constrained law enforcement  agencies.  It is incorporated into a rear-view mirror to maximize ease of  use with  space requirements. The system offers pre-event recording,  covert  mode, metadata, remote wireless microphone, integrated  microphone, USB  download or removable SD card, back office software, and  more.

In-Car Video: 2011

In-car video systems now available to law enforcement agencies offer screens embedded in rear-view mirrors, solid-state hard drives, improved viewing angles, wireless file transfer, and other features. View these seven systems available from Digital Ally, Federal Signal, Kustom Signals, L-3 Mobile-Vision, Panasonic, Patrol Witness, and WatchGuard.

Law enforcement helicopter pilots complete emergency operations training that includes autorotation drills where the aircraft must be maneuvered without engine power using the action of the air moving through the rotors.

Police Helicopters

Law enforcement agencies usually select helicopters for their airborne unit with the mission in mind—lighter, single-engine craft work well for patrol and surveillance, while larger-capacity, twin-engine craft are better suited for search-and-rescue operations. View our gallery of several of the more commonly deployed police helicopters.

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