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At SHOT Show 2010, Smith & Wesson took the wraps off a pair of concealable, polymer backup guns under the Bodyguard line — a .380 ACP and a revolver. While there are those traditionalists who prefer a wheel gun for their second or off-duty option, we can't help liking S&W's lightweight semi-auto that arrives with an integral InSight Technologies red laser.

S&W's Bodyguard 380

The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 was designed for use by police officers and licensed civilians who needed a small, lightweight, concealable and easy to use pistol. It's polymer frame is reinforced with a steel insert that contains the trigger mechanism and the rails that the slide reciprocates on. The pistol weighs a mere 11.85 ounces. View our photos showing the details of this new backup gun (including a disassembly view), and then read our Arsenal review, "Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 Pistol."

The official manufacturer of the RCMP Strathcona boot, Alberta Boot Co. also makes different variations of full leather traffic, dress, and motorcycle boots for law enforcement. The Black Strathcona boot is used by many police forces for both traffic and motorcycle duty. It features the "Tramper" foot for increased comfort and can be ordered with or without zippers and with choice of soles.

Duty Boots: 2011

If you're searching for a new pair of uniform boots in the New Year, you'll have plenty of choices, whether you're a patrol officer, tactical operator or motor cop. View our gallery of nine choices for law enforcement duty, including options from Alberta Boot Co. and Rocky's Long Range designed specifically for female officers.

Cross Match Technologies' Mobile Rapid ID provides law enforcement  agencies with immediate verification of subjects' identities in the  field. Wireless technology liberates officers to capture  forensic-quality biometric data for comparison against stored watch  lists or databases.

IACP 2010 Products

Each year at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the leading manufacturers of law enforcement products roll out some of their most innovative offerings. The 2010 IACP show was no exception. Here's an overview of some of the most interesting products we saw at this year's IACP. For more coverage of the show, pick up our December issue.

The Atlanta Field Division of the DEA sent its Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team wearing white "bunny suits" to collect evidence from a clandestine conversion lab discovered in Gwinnett County, Ga.

Meth Superlab In Georgia

Take a closer look at the raid led by the Gwinnett County (Ga.) PD's Special Investigation Section of a meth house in suburban Atlanta that resulted in the seizure of almost a half-ton of methamphetamine with a street value of $44 million. Police arrested a Texas man in connection with the bust. Photos courtesy of Gwinnett County PD.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca holds a replica of the "peace angel" statue that will incorporate the crushed weapons, as well as a shotgun to be shredded.

Confiscated Guns Crushed for Art

Los Angeles law enforcement officials including Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck attended an event marking the crushing of 3,469 pounds of weapons mostly used in crimes. Pieces of the weapons will be incorporated into a "peace angel" sculpture at the Boyle Heights Tech Center. Photos courtesy of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

The Vectrix VX-3 is a three-wheel, fully electric vehicle that can reach a top speed of 68 mph and has a range of 35-55 miles with a 30 amp/hour LiFePO4 battery.

Vectrix VX-3 Electric Vehicle

The Los Angeles Police Department is now field-testing the Vectrix VX-3, a unique three-wheeled electric patrol vehicle that will be available in the spring. The LAPD is testing the scooter-type vehicle at the city's LA Live entertainment complex that includes Staples Center. The vehicle was debuted at the 2010 COPSWEST trade show. Photos by Paul Clinton.

Ford designer Melvin Betancourt developed a customized undercover stealth version of the 2012 Police Interceptor, described as "stylish and full of high-tech surprises." The inspiration for the project came from Lockheed's SR-71 "Blackbird" - the long range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1998.

Ford Stealth PI Concept

The Ford Motor Co. produced a "stealth" version of its 2012 Police Interceptor for an automotive trade show. Ford has no current plants to produce the stealth concept vehicle, yet it released additional photos showing its spy-car features that include lighting that isn't noticible until its activated, a secret weapons compartment in the glove box and more sinister body styling lines. The vehicle appeared at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in early November. Photos are courtesy of Ford.

A member of the Israeli Special Police Force uses cover from an armored rescue vehicle to approach a building as part of Exercises 6-8 — Multi-Agency Integrated Assault. Three agencies must coordinate an assault on a manufacturing plant. Venue: NUMMI Plant in Fremont.

Urban Shield Tests Police Responders

Twenty nine tactical teams, including three international, participated in Urban Shield 2010, the nation's largest first-responder training hosted by the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office. Organizers roll out scenario-based exercises at a variety of venues that teams must respond to during a 48-hour period. With each exercise, the teams must manage and respond to an ongoing critical incident. The exercises "provide opportunities to enhance response efforts and identify training needs in a simulated environment," according to organizers. Photos courtesy of Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Matt Martin of the Fauquier County (Va.) Sheriff's Office met actor Robert Duvall during a local fund-raiser at the actor's farm. Martin is a master deputy sheriff assigned to the patrol division.

Officer Brushes With Greatness

We asked you to send us a photo of you in uniform with a recognizeable person for a "brush with greatness" photo gallery. After receiving all your submissions, we've assembled them into this gallery, so enjoy paging through to see the familiar faces posing with law officers whose work has led them into contact with actors, politicians and other celebrities. Thanks for all your submissions!

Sgt. Tracy Jones is a veteran cop with 15 years on the job and "remains cool, confident and always in control."

Police Women of Dallas

TLC's "Police Women" police reality series features five female officers of the Dallas Police Department in its fourth jurisdiction following earlier shows in Broward County, Fla., Maricopa County, Ariz., and Memphis, Tenn. The "Police Women of Dallas" debuts Oct. 28. Photos courtesy of TLC.

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