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The Dodge Charger Pursuit gave IACP attendees a glimpse into a more connected future for officers. 3M provided a vehicle wrap that can be peeled off to increase vehicle resale value.

LAPD's Patrol Car of the Future

The Los Angeles Police Department and Chrysler developed a concept of the "patrol car of the future" that was displayed at the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. The Dodge Charger features an integrated dashboard screen, solar-powered lightbar, USB ports, and a vehicle wrap. Read the full story, "LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger." Photos by Paul Clinton.

The 2012 IACP Conference showcased plenty of cool gear for officers.

IACP 2012: Best of Show

Technology tends to be the emphasis of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. True to form, many of the coolest products at this year's show, held Sep. 29–Oct. 3 in San Diego, focused on the now high-tech aspects of evidence collection. Multiple companies debuted new and improved takes on video, drug analysis, and biometrics. Plenty of new tablets were also on hand. The following is a quick look at some of the products at IACP 2012 that caught our attention. Photos: Mark W. Clark, Paul Clinton, Stalker Radar, Thermo Scientific, and Ti Training

Ocean Systems' ClearID v2.0 Workflow consists of more than 20 image clarification filters and a tabbed workflow interface that guides you through the image clarification process and automated scripts. Integrated color preview windows and slider bars help you find the optimal settings for clarifying your image evidence. When done processing your evidence, simply run the integrated verification report, which will store all your settings and hashed layers in an easy-to-read document.

Law Enforcement Software: 2012

Whether agencies want to give field officers mobile crimefighting tools or better manage ongoing cases, these new and updates offereings from law enforcement software vendors will handle the job at hand. Photos courtesy of companies.

A pair of handcuffs intertwined with a vine and blue flowers graces this officer's arm just above the wrist.

Blue Ink: Police Tattoos

Tattoos have become very popular in the law enforcement and military communities. Officers who get inked often choose a tattoo of something that has great meaning to them, such as family, their faith, or a close friend. View a few examples of tattoos. Photos courtesy of Steve Winterstein of Five-O Tattoo in Elburn, Ill.

Ford's Police Interceptor sedan. Photo: Raymond Holt, MSP

2013 Police Vehicle Testing

Evaluators in Michigan and Southern California have completed their testing of the 2013 model-year patrol cars, SUVs, and motorcycles. View these photos from the test sites that show the vehicles in action. Read "How to Use Police Vehicle Tests" for the full story.

This Golden Labrador is certified for cadaver detection.

Police Dogs

Law enforcement agencies typically purchase K-9s from trainers or dealers who acquire them from Europe, where legacy blood lines have been long established. Breeds most commonly used for detection and apprehension include the Belgian Malonois, German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd, and a variety of Labradors. Dogs can be single purpose (for apprehensions) or dual purpose for apprehensions and detection for narcotics, explosives, or cadavers. Read "K-9 Training Challenges" for more detail. Photos provided by Becki and John Johnston of AceK9.com.

The West Chicago (Ill.) Police Department's Chevy Caprice. Photo: Christopher Holmes.

In-Service Cop Cars: Chevrolet Caprice

Chevrolet returned to the patrol car market with its Caprice PPV, a smaller, more powerful Caprice than the mid-90s model. This new police-only Caprice has impressed agencies with its mix of agility, braking, and high-speed handling. View our gallery of in-service Chavrolet Caprice PPVs, and then read "The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars" for detailed stories of agencies using them. Photos provided by the respective agencies unless otherwise noted.

Greenfield (Wis.) PD's 2012 Dodge Charger. Photo: Jay Baumgardner.

In-Service Cop Cars: Dodge Charger Pursuit

In the the race to replace the Ford Crown Vic on patrol, the Dodge Charger Pursuit arguably had a leg up on the competition, because Chrysler introduced it in 2006 and has worked out some of the initial kinks in the transition from a retail to police vehicle. Agencies who buy Chargers enthuse about the muscular V-8 HEMI and aggresive styling. View our gallery of in-service Chargers, and then read "The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars" for detailed stories of agencies using them. Photos provided by the respective agencies unless otherwise noted.

The Oswego (Ill.) PD's 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan. Photo: Christopher Holmes.

In-Service Cop Cars: Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

After retiring its venerable Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Ford offered law enforcement agencies two choices—the Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility. The vehicles provide a balance of fuel efficiency and power. View our gallery of in-service Ford Police Interceptor sedans, and then read "The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars" for detailed stories of agencies using them. Photos provided by the respective agencies unless otherwise noted.

AEDEC International's Prisoner Transport System is available for both the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and the Ford P.I. Utility. The backseat units provide a variety of means for securing prisoners, and are available with or without wiring channel adaptation. The Utility version offers a rear screen option to prevent prisoner access to the tools and weapons you have stored in your vehicle.

Vehicle Accessories: 2012

This has been a watershed year for law enforcement vehicles. Agencies have been taking delivery of four new models from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford. And each of those new models must now be equipped with the latest accessories designed specifically to fit them or enhance their performance as public safety vehicles. Here's a look at some cool new vehicle accessories that have caught the eyes of the POLICE Magazine staff in recent months.

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