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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.

The truth is there are few areas on a vehicle that offer  the least bit of cover. Some areas that do provide some cover are the  engine block, rims, ballistic doors (if the vehicle is equipped with  them), and not much else. By using kneeling and crouching shooting  positions you can make better use of the cover and concealment a vehicle  has to offer.

Using Vehicles for Concealment and Cover

Every well-trained cop can explain the difference between cover and concealment. Because you may have to use your vehicle for cover or concealment in the heat of a gunfight, you'll want to familiarize yourself with three shooting positions—kneeling, crouching, and not hugging cover—to effectively respond to a threat. After viewing the photos, read the full article, "Cars, Cover, and Concealment."

October 2011: The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Department's Officer Darrell Goodrow, Sgt. Karl Lounge, Officer Timothy McClintick, Officer Max McDonald, and Officer Doug Weaver were   instrumental in the attempted rescue of three officers ambushed inside   of a house. Sgt. Karl Lounge, front row, first on left; Officer Darrell Goodrow, front row, third from left; Officer Doug Weaver, second row, second from left; Officer Tim McClintick, second row, far right; Officer Max McDonald, back row, second from right. All officers pictured received their agency's Medal of Valor for this incident.

NLEOMF's Officers of the Month

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has honored some of the nation's bravest and most dedicated officers through its Officer of the Month program. Officers of the month are nominated by their supervisors, and then the nominees are reviewed by the NLEOMF staff. Nominations that make the cut receive consideration from a select committee of NLEOMF board members. Last year POLICE Magazine became official media sponsor for the Officer of the Month program. We have been publishing detailed stories of the officers who have received this honor in print, since June 2010. View this gallery for photos and capsule summaries of the honorees.

BlackHawk's Special Operations Medical Backpack is a mid-sized,  frameless medical pack that opens fully to display all items for  efficient emergency care. It now includes S.T.R.I.K.E. webbing on three  sides for modular gear attachment and features comfortable  contour-padded shoulder straps and waist belt. This 1,000-denier nylon  pack can carry an additional 72-ounce or 100-ounce BlackHawk hydration  system and is available in black, dark earth, OD green, and Army  uniform.

Tactical Medical Kits

Convenient packs full of supplies to treat injuries are worth their weight in gold when you or a buddy is wounded in the field. View our gallery of six offereings from BlackHawk, North American Rescue, S.O. Tech, Tactical Medical Solutions, Voodoo Tactical, and Z-Medica.

Hot Wheels, No. 1: Honda offered its 1994 Accord in a coupe and sedan with a four-cylinder engine. The vehicle is still popular among gang members and street racers who typically "chop" the vehicle and sell off the parts or swap out the engine. Photo: Mad African!: (Broken Sword).

Hot Wheels: Most Stolen Vehicles

Each summer, two insurance-industry associations — the Highway Loss Data Institute and National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) — release lists of the top 10 vehicles stolen across the country in the prior year. For the fourth year in a row, the Cadillac Escalade was the most stolen insured vehicle, according to the institute, which lists only vehicles with theft coverage. The NICB's report is typically more comprehensive because it covers all stolen vehicles reported by law enforcement agencies, including those that are not insured. The 1994 Honda Accord, which could be worth about $2,000 on the open market in good condition, tops the NICB report. The 735,547 vehicles stolen in 2010 represents the fewest number of stolen vehicles since the 659,800 reported stolen in 1967.

The Javelin 600 tactical flashlight from American Technologies Network  Corp. (ATN) can be hand carried or attached to a weapon. It features  three LEDs and produces 600 lumens at maximum output. The Javelin has a  modular bezel and is built of aircraft-grade aluminum. Power is supplied  by four lithium CR123A batteries.

Weapon Lights and Laser Sights

Weapon-mounted lights free up the operator to control a handgun or rifle, provide better target acquisition in low-light situations, and offer another less-lethal option to disorient a subject. When added to a sidearm, lasers give officers greater ability to acquire targets and disorient subjects. View this gallery for six options to consider.

PAL makes an arrest of a suspect following a search by Officer Mitchell.

K-9 History: Riverside (Calif.) PD

Riverside (Calif.) Police Officer Loren Mitchell became the first officer in his agency to work with a police dog when he was partnered up with "PAL" in 1958. Chief Sergio Diaz and the City Council honored the now-retired Officer Mitchell for this historical achievement at a City Hall ceremony. The photo gallery includes an apprehension the pair made during a 1950s traffic stop.

International Cartridge sponsored the live-fire demonstration. Frangible rounds were fired into a metal box, and the powder was collected to be shown to attendees.

POLICE-TREXPO 2011 In Pictures

Attendees to the POLICE-TREXPO 2011 conference in Chantilly, Va., from Aug. 10-12 had the chance to hear Lt. Col. Dave Grossman give the keynote, "The Bulletproof Mind: Psychological and Physiological Preparation for Combat." They were also able to take advantage of a pair of defensive-tactics traing sessions, including Al Giusto's techniques for disarming suspects armed with edged weapons. Range Night included an instructional session from Chris Cerino of "Top Shot" fame.

Motorola built a patrol vehicle with next-gen communication technology, including a push-to-talk (PTT) button built into the steering wheel, multiple cameras providing views around the vehicle, and  an integrated console that controls the lights, sirens, PA system, gun  lock and the radio.

Motorola's Connected Patrol Car

Motorola Solutions unveiled its concept of a next-generation patrol vehicle at a July press event that brings many new communications capabilities to field officers. Motorola's Chevy Caprice includes an LTE broadband modem, steering wheel controls for radio communication, and voice-command technology. Video processing technology optimizes in-car video streaming into and out of the vehicle.

Armor Express presents the Revolution concealable carrier system.  With a lightweight microfiber shell, anti-microbial lining, and a  microfiber "wearstrip" for added durability, the Revolution offers  comfort and breathability to its users. The Revolution is available in  both male and fully structured female models. The concealable vest is  NIJ 0101.06 Certified in level II or IIIA.

Concealable Ballistic Vests

You spend every shift for several years wearing the same ballistic vest under your uniform. You know it's there keeping you safe, but it's even better when you aren't constantly aware of this protection because it fits just right. Thanks to thinner, more advanced ballistic packages as well as carriers featuring high-tech materials and designs, manufacturers are able to make concealable vests more comfortable and effective. Here's a look at some standout vests available right now.

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