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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.

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.

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