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How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles

How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles

The Homeland Security grants that seemed to grow on trees after 9/11 are not as plentiful as they once were. But that's not to say law enforcement agencies can't obtain grant funding for specialty vehicles. They just might need to approach it differently. 

August 17, 2012

Stretching Your Budget In a Recession

Stretching Your Budget In a Recession

Law enforcement agencies with budgets strained by the current recession need a strategy for maximizing their purchasing power and stretching every dime. The following is a look at some ways that the average law enforcement agency can stretch its budget.

August 7, 2012

N.Y. Sheriff's Air Unit Could Get Corporate Logo

N.Y. Sheriff's Air Unit Could Get Corporate Logo

Onondaga County (N.Y.) Sheriff Kevin Walsh has offered naming rights to the agency's helicopter to keep the unit in service. With Air One at risk of being grounded by budget cuts, Sheriff Walsh began talks with two potential sponsors.

December 27, 2011

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

How to Buy a Ballistic Vest

How much is a cop’s safety worth? Despite safety concerns, due to shrinking budgets it’s becoming increasingly common for police departments to require officers to purchase their own body armor. Even when agencies pony up some money for ballistic vests, it’s usually not enough to buy the best of the best—which is what most officers want protecting them from bodily harm.

March 1, 2006

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit

How to...Buy a Mobile Command Unit

They may seem like big, expensive hunks of metal on wheels, but many agencies have come to realize that mobile command vehicles offer many advantages for the cost.

August 1, 2003

How to...Start a SWAT Team

How to...Start a SWAT Team

Somewhere between the images, the perceptions, and accusations lies a truth: If ever an entity embodied the philosophy of "hope for the best, but plan for the worst," it is the SWAT unit.

March 1, 2003

Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

Founding a police department is a challenge that not many people would want to assume. But that's the task that faced the civic leaders of Federal Way, Washington.

March 1, 2003

How to...Start a K-9 Unit

How to...Start a K-9 Unit

Initiating your agency’s first K-9 unit is a daunting task. If you’re willing to accept this challenge, then the first thing you need is the support of your department.

February 1, 2003

How to...Acquire AEDs

How to...Acquire AEDs

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) now come in portable versions that can be carried in patrol cars and used to shock a person's heart into beating again. Although ambulances are equipped with these devices, you, as a first responder, will probably get to a person suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) before EMTs can respond. And certainly before the patient can get to a hospital with a crash cart.

January 1, 2003

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