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The Cobb County (Ga.) Police Department acquired a Cadillac Gage Textron LAV-300 amphibious light-armored vehicle.

Military Surplus Vehicles for LE

The federal government's 1033 program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire special vehicles such as an amphibious LAV, Humvee, MRAP, patrol boat, helicopter or even a landing craft for specialized missions. The agencies acquire the vehicles via the federal Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO). Photos are courtesy of LESO.

Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Police Department uses a blue Chevrolet Corvette for parades and other warm-weather events.

Sporty Police Vehicles

Law enforcement officers usually get to drive "sportier" cars for community relations activities, parades or other warm-weather events. The Bloomfield (Mich.) Police Department, because of a special relationship with General Motors, can call to duty a Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac CTS Sport, HRR, or Cadillac XLR-V. For more on the vehicles, read the article, "Sporty Police Cars."

A shaped water charge detonates under the trunk of a training car to disable a bomb in the trunk.

Joining the Bomb Squad

From the Vault: POLICE Magazine featured the article, "Why I Joined the Bomb Squad," in its September 2008 issue and the topic is just as relevant today. Mexican drug cartels have used car bombs in Juarez, and San Diego deputies supervised the burning of a "bomb factory" house in December. Joining an agency's bomb squad is a career path most people, even cops, consider crazy. Det. Dave Scraggs explains his reason — the threat is prevalent. Photos courtesy of Det. Scraggs.

Suspect Brooks reached speeds exceeding 90 mph on city streets with his Ford Mustang. He seemed to provoke officers who broke off the pursuit several times for safety reasons.

Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Fla., Crime Scene

Pinellas County (Fla.) Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Fleming was among the deputies who pursued Kentin Dion Brooks during his campaign of vehicular terror. Dep. Jeffrey Newman performed the PIT maneuver on the black Mustang, and then Brooks opened up on the officers with a 9mm handgun from behind tinted windows. Deputies fired 39 rounds, ending the shoreline gunfight northwest of St. Petersburg. Read the full story in our "Shot Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009." Photos are courtesy of PCSO.

The technique presented is simply known as the Standing Basic Search, which commences after the subject has placed his hands behind his head and spread his legs. You'll want to first position the body, limit the mobility, and control the hands.

Safe Pat-Down Searches

Searching people in a standing position is something deputies and officers do every day. As such, officer safety is a primary concern. View this photo gallery for a step-by-step approach to help you safely conduct a pat-down or Terry search for weapons. Read the full article, "Safe Searching: The Standing Basic Search." Photos courtesy of Sgt. James Harbison.

The rails on S&W's 327 TRR8 provide ample room for customization,  although few holsters currently exist to fit the revolver and its  accessories. A custom holster may be your best option.

S&W's 327 TRR8 Revolver

Smith & Wesson developed its eight-shot 327 TRR8, after a SWAT officer contacted the company to ask for a beefy revolver for the lead penetrator, who must carry a ballistic shield with one hand. The TRR8 gives operators eight rounds of .357 Mag in a package including a Scandium "N" frame, 5-inch barrel, and blackened cylinder. Rails and moon clips are included. After viewing these photos, read POLICE Magazine's full "Arsenal" review, "Smith & Wesson 327 TRR8" Revolver from the May 2008 issue. Photos by Alex Landeen.

SHOT Show 2011 has no shortage of 1911-style pistols on the 100th anniversary of the John Moses Browning gun's adoption by the U.S. military. These 1911s were introduced by Smith & Wesson.

SHOT Show 2011 In Pictures

SHOT Show 2011 featured a slew of introductions from companies diversifying their product lines. The show drew more than 50,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and also featured celebrity appearances, quick-draw contests, competitive shooters, and plenty of law enforcement gear. Read our full coverage of the show, "SHOT Show 2011: Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.

Automated license plate recognition technology is constantly being refined to better discern images and alert law enforcement of offenders. View the following photos for real-world examples.

Plate Hunters

The current generation of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology provides officers greater detail and scanning capability to capture numbers, letters, symbols and logos on traditional, printed and affinity plates. View these photos of real-world examples of license plates captured by this technology. And read our full article, "New Developments In ALPR."

Model Officer Stacie Beck is photographed by Mark W. Clark, also a Scottsdale PD officer, for the "Well Dressed Female Officer" contest.

Police Magazine's Well Dressed Officers

View photo shoot outtakes from our new promotional series called the "Well Dressed Officer" contest. Six times a year, we outfit a themed officer — SWAT, Patrol, Female, Special Ops, K-9, Federal and Bomb Tech — with equipment from law enforcement suppliers. One lucky POLICE Magazine reader, who must be a sworn law enforcement officer, wins the entire package of gear. Enter by visiting the contest page at Photos by Mark W. Clark.

Street gang members use a variety of edged weapons such as a fixed-blade knife, dagger, folding knife, butterfly knife, tomahawk axe, utility knife or shuriken (throwing star).

Edged Weapons

Gang members on the street and inside prisons acquire edged weapons to use in close-quarter attacks on rival gang members or law enforcement officers. Street gang members typically will use fixed-blade knives, daggers, folding knives, butterfly knives or other utility tools, while inmates fashion their own jail-made shanks and other weapons from boot reinforcements, bed wiring, and other materials. Don't miss POLICE gang expert Rich Valdemar's "Edged Weapons and Gang Culture" blog post.

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