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Kawasaki returned to the police motorcycle market with the Concours 14P, a sport touring model. The 2010 version is now available from Beaudry Motors Inc., Kawasaki's Idaho-based factory authorized police dealer.

Kawasaki Concours 14P Motorcycle

Kawasaki reentered the law enforcement market with the 2009 Concours 14P police motorcycle that arrived in June. The Idaho State Police bought seven bikes to become the first agency to begin using them for motor patrol. For 2010, the company added a few upgrades such as heated hand grips, traction control and a tire pressure moniting system as standard features. Photos are of the 2009 Concours 14P and courtesy of Beaudry Motors Inc.

Nick Jacobellis, a retired U.S. Customs Agent and former NYPD officer, reviews the Glock G17 and G22 pistols for POLICE Magazine's May "Arsenal" feature. He shows us the business end of the .40-caliber G22 that should adjust the attitude of any neighborhood perp struggling with compliance issues.

Glock Gen4 Duty Pistols

Glock's pair of Gen4 pistols—the G17 (9mm) and G22 (.40 caliber)—upgrade the Gen 3 line with adjustable backstraps, a rougher-textured grip, double spring to reduce recoil and new slide serrations. Take a look at our gallery of the full-frame pistols introduced at SHOT Show. Then, read our "Arsenal" review of the pistols. This summer, look for Gen4 versions of the compact G19 and G23.

In 1919, Ford produced a Model T police truck (known by its slang term 'Paddy' wagon) that police departments used to transport inebriated revelers to a holding cell. The company had produced a similar field ambulance during World War I that was also a Model T.

Ford Patrol: Through the Years

The Ford Motor Co.'s March announcement that it will introduce a new patrol car has been met with a high level of interest from officers who have been driving the Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor since the 1990s. Ford has been producing vehicles for law enforcement for almost 100 years. Here's a look at photos and ads through the years that feature the company's vehicles, beginning with a Model T police truck produced in 1919.

The Bushmaster ACR—once known as the Magpul Masada—was developed in a partnership  between Bushmaster, Remington, and Magpul. This version is the Patrol, which will be offered exclusively to law enforcement. It's similar to the Basic civilian version, except it offers a fully auto firing mode and two-point push button sling.

Bushmaster Adaptive Combat Rifle (ACR)

Take a closer look at the Bushmaster ACR "modular" rifle, which will be offered in law enforcement versions known as the Patrol and Special Purpose. Our photo gallery gives you a closer look at an innovative patrol or tactical rifle offering an alternative to other AR-type patrol rifles. A Remington version will be offered to federal law enforcement. Read our news item about the availability of the Bushmaster ACR.

The headline on this drug case may have conveyed a meaning the writer may not have intended.

Police Reports Make Humorous Headlines

A staple section of local newspapers has always been the short crime report items culled from the police blotter. Usually, it's a cub reporter's first job to head to the local substation to jot down pertinent details from the crime reports officers take about mostly petty crimes. Once in awhile, these young reporters submit a suggestion for a headline that squeaks by an overworked, bleary eyed editor. Sometimes, as they say, mistakes were made.

In addition to the piston drive upper, the SR-556 possesses a 16-inch, chrome-lined, hammer-forged barrel, a free-floating railed handguard, folding front and rear sights, and other high-end features and accessories. Ruger not only used components of top quality on this rifle, it obviously has done quite a bit of market research to understand what features savvy shooters desire and incorporated those into the SR-556's design.

Ruger's SR-556 Carbine

Ruger introduced its new SR-556 rifle at last year's National Rifle Association show in Phoenix. The announcement ended years of speculation that Ruger was indeed working on an AR-style rifle, and the SR-556 quickly became the buzz of the show. While the newest Ruger long gun possesses many typical AR features, it also has a Ruger-designed piston drive system. The patent-pending, chrome plated two-stage piston system provides a cleaner, cooler running, and more reliable operation than any standard AR gas impingement system can deliver. Read our full review of Ruger's SR-556.

Once a year, vehicle training officers from the Michigan State Police take new patrol vehicles out to a raceway and pursuit course to evaluate them on acceleration and top speed, braking, ergonomics, fuel economy and communications.

Michigan State Police Vehicle Evaluation

Each year, the Michigan State Police driving unit evaluates law enforcement vehicles from the new model year. The unit evaluates patrol cars, SUVs and motorcycles using a series of tests that test each vehicle's performance, ergonomics and mechanic-friendly qualities. The results are tallied and included in a report that's used by police fleet managers to aid in the decision to purchase patrol vehicles.

The Ford Police Interceptor sedan replaces the Crown Vic, bringing more power and fuel savings with its V-6 than the previous V-8-powered patrol car.

Ford's Police Interceptor Sedan

Ford's new Taurus-based police interceptor will replace the aging "Crown Vic" in late 2011. Like the civilian version of the 2010 Taurus, the new full-sized patrol car will arrive in all-wheel and front-wheel drive versions and a pair of powertrain configurations. The V-6 engines will deliver better performance than many current V-8s, according to Ford.

"Police Women of Maricopa County" features four Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies (from left to right) – Deborah Moyer, Lindsey Smith, Kelly Bocardo and Amie Duong. The show debuted Feb. 25.

Maricopa County Police Women

Cable network TLC returns with "Police Women of Maricopa County," following its airing in the fall of "Police Women of Broward County." The sequel is a similar reality show featuring four female deputies policing the nation's fourth-largest county (3.9 million residents) southwest of Phoenix, Ariz. These deputies work for "America's Toughest Sheriff," Joe Arpaio. Photos courtesy of TLC.

A person might seem to be innocently reaching for an ID, when in fact he's reaching for a gun.

How to Watch the Hands: 3 Scenarios

From basic training to field training, officers are told, "Watch the suspect's hands." But you are not taught how to do it. Why haven't law enforcement trainers developed an easily understandable method to teach you the specifics of hand-movement awareness? Mike "Ziggy" Siegfried explains how, and shows three scenarios – reaching for a gun, reaching for a knife, and reaching for a wallet to show ID. Also, please view "How to Watch the Hands" for an in-depth article on this topic.

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