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Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) manufactures battery-electric vehicles that look very much like golf carts. But these diminutive autos come in a variety of sizes and styles with many options to customize them to your agency's needs. With a top speed of 25 mph, GEM cars have a range of up to 30 miles on a charge. They are battery-electric, operate on a 72-volt battery system, and plug into a standard 110-volt outlet.

Electric Vehicles

Current trends indicate that saving money and improving community relations will continue to drive law enforcement policy decisions for the foreseeable future. Following this train of thought, vehicles that run on electricity instead of gasoline and operate at lower speeds conducive to personal interaction are good news for both public safety and the public. Fortunately, there are several options available to agencies looking to take advantage of these innovative modes of transportation.

At engagement distances from a few yards out to 50 yards, you cannot beat a red dot. When you are at contact distance to 10 yards, simply put the target in the tube of the sight and you will get a hit. By the way, this technique was developed by I.P.S.C. shooters, and their performance was the driving force behind the military adopting Aimpoint red dot sights.

Rifle Optics

When it comes to gear and gadgets for duty applications, many of us are drawn to the coolest, most expensive items. That's true of weapons and it's true of weapon accessories such as optics. But what's more important is to find the right optics to fit your mission. Options include red dot sights, variable focal length short scopes often used on shotguns, and of course true precision scopes meant for use on a precision rifle.

The AP4 Panther Carbine from DPMS Panther Arms is an excellent basic patrol rifle built on an M4 platform. With a 16-inch chrome-moly-lined contour barrel, the AP4 is suitable for both close-quarter combat and counter-sniper applications. Other features include GlacierGuards hand guards, a flat top receiver with Picatinny rail, and a telescoping fiber-reinforced six-position buttstock.

Patrol and SWAT Rifles

Ever since the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery and shootout, the popularity of rifles in patrol operations has exploded. Rifle manufacturers have capitalized on this demand, and they are now making a variety of rifles specifically designed for patrol and SWAT operations. Here's a quick look at some of the long guns now available for service in law enforcement.

With more than 50 years of experience in glove making, Damascus is well known in the law enforcement market. It was the first company to introduce the rolled fingertip design to allow for maximum dexterity when searching or shooting, and it has now incorporated this design into other styles within its extensive line of gloves.

Gloves: 2009

Some officers don't give patrol gloves a second thought. It's time that you did. Gloving up can mean much more than protecting yourself from inclement weather. Today's patrol gloves can also protect against microbes, bacteria, blood-borne pathogens, needles, and even knives. They can help you scale chain-link fences, keep your extremities warm, and give you a better grip when you need it.

This kick is very effective for stopping an assailant's forward progress or moving him backward. This also helps keep you outside of the attacker's punch range, adding to your safety. Duty boots increase the effectiveness of the technique. Finally, there is room for error with this kick, so even if you don't land the kick exactly, it may have the desired effect.

Using Your Foot

A swift kick can do wonders in a violent confrontation, but you have to know how to deliver it. Law enforcement agencies equip and train officers with pistols, rifles, shotguns, batons, OC, TASERs, canines, horses, basllistic shields, battering rams, emplty hand self defense, and countless other potentially dangerous law enforcement tools, but may be hesistant when an officer properly and justifiably uses kicks for self-defense or to subdue a suspect. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Graham v. Connor that the reasonableness of an officer's actions must be judged by the circumstances at the time the force is used. It did not restrict of limit the tactics that an officer can employ.

5.11's Revolution Holster is a secure level 1 retention holster, producing an audible click as your sidearm seats. With the look, feel, and fit of a custom holster, the resilient Revolution Holster offers high-impact strength and withstands variable weather conditions beyond 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the special slick-surface polymer doesn't wear the finish of your gun. A positive lock trigger guard and adjustable tension screws are standard. Each holster comes with an adjustable belt loop and paddle. Crafted in the United States, the Revolution Holster is right-handed, comes in 14 styles, and accommodates 30 gun models.

Duty Holsters: 2009

With all of the duty holsters available today, it's amazing to think the only option for police officers used to be black leather. Now there's also laminate, nylon, and all manner of synthetics. For finish there's basketweave, plain, or high gloss. Not to mention increasingly innovative retention devices in holsters from level 1 to 3. Here's a selection of holsters for duty carry encompassing all of these variations.

Armor Express offers structured armor for women with built-in cups, and female carriers with 12 points of adjustment for an exact fit that won't flatten or smash delicate breast tissue. Evolution carriers are lined with anti-microbial and odor resistant fabric. An Interior Microfiber "wearstrip" cosmetically enhances and creates greater durability.

Female Body Armor

You don't need to have majored in biology to know that men and women are not created equal-in measurements, that is. That's why female officers need ballistic vests made especially for their unique shapes. And now that women make up a more significant amount of the market share in law enforcement, body armor companies are taking notice.

Subaru Impreza Gendarmerie. Photo courtesy of Colargol87 (Flickr.com)

International Patrol

Whereas the Dodge Charger and Ford Crown Victoria have been staple patrol cars in the United States, police agencies outside of the country use BMW, Subaru, Skoda and a variety of other automaker brands for officers on the job. Check out some of the more colorful international vehicles patrolling cities in Europe, Canada and other areas. In one instance, a Canadian agency is taking a progressive approach by using an electric vehicle.

5.11's TDU Shirts are designed to exceed all MILSPEC requirements. Each features a covered placket, 5.11's patented hidden-document pockets, Velcro-closure chest pockets, and rear bi-swing shoulders. Elbows are double-reinforced and come with removable neoprene elbow pads. Like the pants, TDU shirts are triple-needle stitched and treated with Teflon. The shirt is available in long-sleeve, short-sleeve, and tall versions in either 6.14-ounce ripstop or 5.78-ounce twill. Also available in the TDU line is the 5.78-ounce poly-cotton twill TDU Jumpsuit. The design incorporates features like 5.11's hidden document pockets, BBS-compatible cargo pockets, removable knee and elbow pads, triple-stitching, and generous bartacking.

Tactical Uniforms

Traditional BDUs (Battle Dress Uniforms) aren't nearly as common as they used to be. But the idea of wearing an alternative uniform that's combat ready-originally borrowed from the military-is more popular than ever, as evidenced by the assortment of new BDUs, tacpants, and jumpsuits available for law enforcement.

The Black Guerrilla Family is a prison gang founded in 1966 by Black Panther George Jackson, while he was in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. The gang is ideologically based with the stated goal of ending racism and overthrowing the U.S. government. The most obvious BGF tattoo is "BGF." You will also see the numbers "276," with 2 representing "B," 7 representing "G," and 6 representing "F."

Black Gang Tattoos

Gang members are usually decorated with the marking of their sets, super-gangs, and affiliated prison gangs. Their bodies are also often marked with tattoos that are generic prison symbols that you will find on just about any inmate. The following slide show is a quick look at some tattoos used by some predominately African-American gangs with origins in California.

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