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L.A. County Sheriff Completes Police Vehicle Tests

L.A. County Sheriff Completes Police Vehicle Tests

This year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluated 21 pursuit-rated vehicles — nine sedans, nine motorcycles, and three SUVs — in various categories including acceleration, dynamic handling, braking, and ergonomics.

December 5, 2013

Video: A Guide to Police Motorcycles

Video: A Guide to Police Motorcycles

We're living in a Golden Age for police motorcycles. Law enforcement agencies have plenty of quality options, and more cycles may be on the way. We picked three motor officers in Southern California to profile three widely used cycles.

October 15, 2013

Vintage Patrol: 1962 Chrysler Newport

Vintage Patrol: 1962 Chrysler Newport

The Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department issued 1962 Chrysler Newport sedans that offered deputies a 5.9-liter, V-8 (361 CID) rear-wheel powertrain with push button transmission. The engine was rated at 265 hp.

September 27, 2013

CHP Adopts Harley-Davidson for Highway Enforcement

CHP Adopts Harley-Davidson for Highway Enforcement

An Oakland Harley-Davidson dealer has begun delivering Harley-Davidson police motorcycles to the California Highway Patrol following a contract with the agency to provide up to 400 new motorcycles.

August 21, 2013

L.A. Sheriff's Super Puma Helicopters

L.A. Sheriff's Super Puma Helicopters

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has completed a nearly $60-million overhaul of its helicopter fleet that brought 18 new Eurocopter helicopters, including three Super Pumas.

March 26, 2013

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

The Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provided Police Magazine with preliminary results from the vehicle tests conducted in September and October of pursuit-rated patrol vehicles for the 2013 model year.

November 1, 2012

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

November 1, 2012

Municipal Bankruptcies: Running On Empty

Municipal Bankruptcies: Running On Empty

The bankruptcy filings swallowed by four California cities have left plenty of indigestion for officers. Like a rolling blackout on an electrical grid, fiscal distress has slowly crippled the police departments in these cities, bringing loss of pay, lower benefits, and layoffs.

September 6, 2012

Kawasaki Shelves Concours 14P Motorcycle

Kawasaki Shelves Concours 14P Motorcycle

Kawasaki Motors Corp. has suspended its Concours 14P police motorcycle program, after determining that dealer modifications were causing a blown main fuse, increasing the risk of a crash.

August 14, 2012

Keeping the Crown Vic

Keeping the Crown Vic

As the new patrol cars become more readily available from the Detroit automakers, many agencies are choosing their new enforcement vehicle. However, for others the decision is on hold. For a variety of reasons they are choosing to stay with the Crown Vic.

July 17, 2012

Todd Young's Long Road Back

Todd Young's Long Road Back

Shot on an Oakland street, Officer Todd Young endures numerous surgeries and continuous rehab to regain his status as a gang investigator and SWAT officer. His story is part of PoliceMag's "Returning To Duty" Web-only series about officers injured on the job.

June 13, 2012

Rating the 2012 Police Motorcycles

Rating the 2012 Police Motorcycles

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluated its largest crop of police motorcycles in the fall, analyzing seven cycles for performance, safety, and comfort.

March 29, 2012

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2012-13 Patrol Vehicles
One Way To Help Finance New Squads

One Way To Help Finance New Squads

To help finance the purchase of new patrol cars, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering an out-of-the-box option—selling off its fully equipped higher-mileage cars to smaller departments.

November 30, 2011

California's 'Realignment' Toward Higher Crime

California's 'Realignment' Toward Higher Crime

To soften the blow to local law enforcement and communities, California politicians are calling one of the largest criminal-justice shifts in state history a "realignment." Sadly, it appears the state's politicians are realigning California toward higher crime, potentially reversing years of declining violent crime.

October 21, 2011