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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.

Elbeco's Summit II is constructed from Hiptex 3000 for the outer shell and is waterproof and windproof. The seams are sealed to ensure water doesn't migrate through. So you can be seen on those gray dark winter days and nights, the jacket can be reversed to its ANSI/ISEA Class II side. This is a bright yellow with two-inch Scotchlite by 3M on the body and sleeves. This jacket lights up like a neon sign when light hits it. The Summit II gives officers high visibility when working DUI and traffic enforcement checkpoints.

Wet Weather Wear

What should you consider when looking at outerwear for duty or most any foul weather? First, versatility. Because quality outerwear is expensive, it needs to serve for at least three seasons out of the year. The second item to consider is whether the outer jacket is truly waterproof or just water resistant; there is nothing worse than being cold and wet. Last is the price. If the clothing breaks the bank it will cause issues.

Officer Bingham patrols south Florida's swampland at the helm of his airboat in "Operation Wild," which airs on Discovery's Planet Green beginning Jan. 8.

Operation Wild: Florida Wildlife Officers

Discovery's Planet Green channel will feature the officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in a new reality show scheduled to air beginning Jan. 8. "Operation Wild" follows the duties of officers who enforce the state's wildlife and boating laws. The show will air at 10 p.m. Eastern on Fridays.

Group 1 Automotive in Dallas is offering a "special service" Dodge Challenger with a custom-tuned V-8 engine that's capable of more than 400 hp, which would make it the most powerful patrol car available. It can reach a top speed of 165 mph. It arrives with black OEM wheels and can also be had in the more stealth solid black.

Dodge Challenger Patrol Car

A Texas Chrysler dealer is offering a powerhouse law enforcement version of the re-introduced Dodge Challenger muscle car that can reach 165 mph. The vehicle is available with a variety of custom options and is currently being used by several Texas agencies as a highway car for drug interdiction duty in solid black. We've blogged about the Challenger. Now, take a more in-depth tour with this gallery. Photos courtesy of Group 1 Automotive.

Officers arriving at the Tacoma Dome to pay homage to the four slain Lakewood police officers left patches to show solidarity. Pool photo via Seattle Times.

Lakewood Police Memorial

Nearly 20,000 officers from Washington state, the nation, and Canada gathered at the Tacoma Dome to pay homage to the service of the four Lakewood Police Department officers who were killed in a coffeeshop in late November, before their shift. The memorial service featured tributes to Sgt. Mark Renninger, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens, and Greg Richards. The officers were remembered for their commitment to public service.

When officers enroll in firearms training with Magpul Dyanmics, they learn about shooting from "urban prone" and other reality-based positions that officers may encounter in a gunfight. Instructors teach the importance of shooting from cover to minimize exposure instead of stepping out into the open to shoot at an armed suspect.

Magpul Dynamics Firearms Training

Magpul Dynamics offers firearms training that is in many ways tailored to law enforcement personnel. Magpul instructors teach skill-based firearms training they call weapons manipulation that's designed for "prioritizing efficiency and consistency in mindset, fundamentals and stress conditioning." The courses run the gamut from basic weapons skills to advanced dynamic assault in complex urban environments. Several courses are marked "LEO Only." Photos courtesy of Magpul.

For almost 20 years, Seagal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy who goes out on patrol with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana. The show credits Seagal as an expert marksman who has worked with their SWAT team during firearms training.

Steven Seagal: Lawman

In his movies, Steven Seagal usually plays a special agent or cop with martial-arts skills who, when pushed to the edge by baddies, responds with deadly force. Turns out, Seagal knows more about law enforcement that we thought. For the past two decades, he's been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish (La.) Sheriff's Office. Here are a few images from his new police reality show, "Steven Seagal: Lawman," which debuts Dec. 2 on A&E. Images courtesy of A&E.

The newest player in the market is 5.11 Tactical with the Light for Life. This fl ashlight is a radical departure from your everyday light in that it has no batteries. Ivus Energy Innovations developed Flashpoint Power Technology, a way to allow a capacitor to "bleed" off its energy and run a light. It operates through the use of computerized digital circuitry and ultra capacitors, allowing the light to go from no charge to full charge in about 90 seconds. Because it can be recharged 500,000 cycles and has a bulb life of 50,000 hours, this could be the ideal light for your cruiser, station, or anywhere you want to ensure you have a light for daily or emergency use.

Duty Flashlights: 2009

A good duty light should be easily carried on a duty belt, provide adequate illumination up to 50 yards away, and be long enough that it protrudes from both sides of a fist so the light can act as a last-ditch impact weapon. The light should also be able to be used in conjunction with a sidearm in the Harries or Rogers technique. Xenon bulbs put out a tight beam and mega amounts of lumens; but they eat batteries and the lamp assemblies are expensive when you need a new bulb. LEDs, on the other hand, are rapidly approaching the light output of xenon at 50 yards or so. These models became available in 2009.

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