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Electric Motorcycles on Patrol

Electric Motorcycles on Patrol

While it's unlikely that all-electric cars will replace their gasoline-powered counterparts for law enforcement patrol duty, smaller electric vehicles have made inroads into police fleets.

November 5, 2013

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

May 22, 2013

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Last month the Defense Department cut off a very valuable resource for many of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies. The Pentagon's 1033 program provides cash-strapped police and sheriff's departments with free military surplus.

July 10, 2012

Improving Officer Driving Skills

Improving Officer Driving Skills

Training is often a casualty of budget issues, and driver training usually doesn't rank as high on the priorities list as training in firearms and defensive tactics. But what activity do you engage in most while on duty? Unless you walk a beat, it's most likely driving.

May 1, 2012

Helicopter Training In Law Enforcement

Helicopter Training In Law Enforcement

How we train is how we fight—or more broadly, how we perform under pressure. This also applies to helicopter pilots; how they train versus how they are expected to fly.

April 3, 2012

Duty Dangers: Vehicle Pursuits

Duty Dangers: Vehicle Pursuits

Officers who underestimate a suspect's resolve to evade capture or overestimate their own limitations or those of the patrol car only enhance the dangers of vehicle pursuits. It's not just the lead unit in a pursuit that is imperiled. Upon hearing of a pursuit in progress, other officers may attempt to catch up and join the chase.

January 12, 2012

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

Chrysler's Dodge Charger Pursuit, General Motors' Chevy Caprice PPV, and Ford's Police Interceptor are now the talk of the police vehicle world, as the Big 3 battle to see what company and what car will take the lion's share of what has been undeniably the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor's market.

November 11, 2011

High-Tech Engines in the New Cop Cars

High-Tech Engines in the New Cop Cars

The end of the Crown Vic has heralded one of the most exciting eras in the history of law enforcement vehicles. The first true 21st century police cars have extremely sophisticated engines.

February 3, 2011

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

The Hazards of Patrolling In Snow

Winter poses unique dangers for the patrol officer. Dealing with these threats is a matter of weather-proofing yourself both mentally and physically.

January 27, 2011

IACP 2010: Best of Show

IACP 2010: Best of Show

Every International Association of Chiefs of Police show kind of has its own vibe. Last year's show in Denver was all about vehicles. This year's show was much more subdued but there was still plenty of cool stuff on the show floor.

December 22, 2010

Risk Management

Risk Management

Things are not technologically stagnant in the SWAT community. New versions of the tried and true, as well as innovative uses of modern mechanisms, simultaneously bring SWAT teams closer to suspects in the safest way possible and bring situations to safer conclusions.

August 20, 2010

Mobile Command Vehicles
Bright Ideas in Lightbars

Bright Ideas in Lightbars

Today, law enforcement lightbars are becoming even more high-tech with the adoption of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and computer controls. Many lightbars also now feature modular design that allows an agency to replace and repair modules rather than the entire system.

December 29, 2009

Saving Green by Going Green

Saving Green by Going Green

"We are all looking to reduce future costs," says Chief Robert Stewart of the Cotati (Calif.) Police Department, whose department sought to save money by reducing its energy use with a new police facility. While green features added $700,000 to the project's final tab, Stewart expects a rapid return on the investment in reduced energy costs.

October 14, 2009

IACP 2008: Best of Show

As exemplified by IACP 2008 held in San Diego in November, IACP tends to be about big ticket items: vehicles, software, video systems. This year's IACP was no exception.

January 1, 2009