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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.

The Rock River Arms PPS carbine employs the company's patent-pending Performance Piston System (PPS) to reduce recoil, as well as residue in the upper reciever. It features a purpose-designed bolt carrier, an adjustable gas piston and an over-the-barrel spring and guide rod arrangement. The result is a departure from the traditional recoil system associated with AR-style firearms. The rifle is expected to be available to law enforcement later in 2010.

Rock River Arms PPS Carbine

The Rock River Arms PPS carbine employs the company's patent-pending Performance Piston System (PPS) to reduce recoil, as well as residue in the upper receiver. It features a purpose-designed bolt carrier, an adjustable gas piston, and an over-the-barrel spring and guide rod arrangement. The result is a departure from the traditional recoil system associated with AR-style firearms. Rock River Arms is expected to offer its PPS carbine to law enforcement later in 2010; the rifle carries a suggested retail price of $1,685.

This "co-witness" 590A1 with 18.5-inch barrel arrives with a Mesa Tactical buttstock and charcoal gray (Parkerized) finish. The gun includes a Picatinny rail that allows for the mounting of various sights or lights. The co-witness feature allows the operator to use an optic and still retain iron sights for back-up sighting.

'Hot Rod' Mossberg Shotguns

The Mossberg 590A1 is an ideal platform for personalizing a pump-action shotgun, says Mike Shain of AIMPRO Tactical. Shain is one of several shops that offer action jobs, Magnaporting, accesorization and cleaning, polishing and refinishing of police scatterguns. Vang Comp and Wilson Combat are two others that offer shotgun modifications. For less than $250, Shain can reduce felt recoil and muzzle jump, giving operators a shot pattern of 4 inches or less from 50 yards. "What can we do to hot rod this gun," Shain asks, not needing an answer. "It's a great gun out of the box, but how can we squeeze every last drop of performance out of this gun."

In the 1970s, Black gangsters wore three-piece suits, three-quarter length trench coats, brimmed hats and wide collars. They dressed "a cut above" the rest.

Interpreting Gangster Clothing

Have you ever wondered why gang members wear the ridiculous costumes that they do? Why do they wear their pants sagging below their butts exposing their underwear? There's actually a company that stitches boxer-type underwear into the baggy pants to achieve the baggy pants clown look. POLICE gang expert Richard Valdemar explains the information to be learned from gangster clothing. Valdemar provided the images.

Known best for its computer-aided dispatch (CAD) software, New World Systems has also entered the records management market with Aegis RMS. The software allows offi cers and staff to streamline processes, easily perform inquiries, and automatically merge field reports. Aegis RMS provides powerful tools for both investigators and command staff, including analysis of statistical data, crime mapping, crime analysis, and ways to identify under served populations.

Law Enforcement Software

Now that computers have become commonplace in law enforcement vehicles, the depth and breadth of software for the police market has ballooned. A wide variety of enterprise and standalone products are now available to help officers identify threats, manage case information, administer and schedule personnel, and perform just about any other public safety duty.

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