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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.

The suspected Blood with the red hat is showing "westside" or "brims." The one in the middle using his right hand to show the same and his left hand to show "crip killer." The one with the black hat is showing "blood" or "piru."

East Coast Blood Hand Signs

Gang members use hand signs to communicate with each other and to challenge rival members or law enforcement officers in what they call "throwing signs." After forming in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the Bloods street gang spread to the East Coast and formed "sets." These sets include the Piru Bloods, Fruit Town Brims, and South Side Brims (in western Maryland). The hand signs in this gallery were recovered during a multi-agency investigation earlier this year. Photos courtesy of Det. Rich Keys of the Maryland State Police.

5.11 Tactical's Light for Life PC 3.300 flashlight charges in 90 seconds thanks to state-of-the-art patented technology. This lightweight, water-resistant, mid-size duty/utility flashlight produces 200 lumens and features a crack- and bend-resistant polymer body.

Duty Lights: 2011

Every cop needs at least one reliable flashlight for duty, and most own a few for various situations. Here are 11 models from leading gear suppliers if you're in the market for a light.



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.

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