A retired officer started The Counterfeit Report website to alert consumers about fake products and help law enforcement investigators spot these goods during investigations. View several examples of fake police products, and then read the full story here. Photos courtesy of Craig Crosby.
SHOT Show 2013 plenty of new duty gear with a backdrop of the gun-violence debate in Washington, D.C. The show drew more than 62,000 attendees to Las Vegas, and POLICE editors focused on gear rather than politics. View our gallery and read additional coverage in "Best of Show" and Video: SHOT Show 2013 Highlights. Photos by Mark W. Clark and Paul Clinton.
Law enforcement officers can now choose from a variety of high-lumen flashlights to help illuminate dark alleys, vehicles, or rooms. These lights can improve officer safety by revealing threats, and assist in searches for trace evidence in low-light scenarios. Photos courtesy of vendors.
Looking for a gift idea for fellow cops? Check out 12 of the most requested items in a POLICE Magazine holiday survey. For the last few holiday seasons, the editors of POLICE Magazine have gotten together, brainstormed gift ideas for law enforcement officers, and published what we call a holiday wish list. This year, we decided to use a different protocol. We surveyed a large segment of our readers and asked them what they want for Christmas. We got a lot of answers. The following is a representative sample of 12 gifts requested by our audience. Be sure to also read, "5 Gift Ideas for the Female Officer." Photos courtesy of vendors.
Weapon lights and laser sights for both handguns and long guns are valuable assets for officers in all assignments. The following from 12 leading law enforcement suppliers are some of the most innovative and highest quality versions of these tools on the market.
SHOT Show 2012 featured plenty of new gear for law enforcement officers. The show drew more than 61,000 attendees to Las Vegas for the January event and added several "law enforcement only" halls for vendors. View our gallery and read our two-part coverage of the show, "Report From the Aisles" and "Best of Show." Photos by Mark W. Clark.
Weapon-mounted lights free up the operator to control a handgun or rifle, provide better target acquisition in low-light situations, and offer another less-lethal option to disorient a subject. When added to a sidearm, lasers give officers greater ability to acquire targets and disorient subjects. View this gallery for six options to consider.
Green lasers are the rage this year in weapon-mounted lights. Why? If you were to set a green laser and a red laser side by side in a dark room, you'd hardly notice the difference. The green systems really shine in daylight or moderately bright environments. Our eyes see images in a defined spectrum from near infrared to near ultraviolet. Red is at the far edge of the spectrum close to infrared. But green is right smack dab in the middle of that spectrum, which is the most efficient frequency for the human eye. Read "Lights and Lasers: It's Easy Being Green."
A good duty light should be easily carried on a duty belt, provide adequate illumination up to 50 yards away, and be long enough that it protrudes from both sides of a fist so the light can act as a last-ditch impact weapon. The light should also be able to be used in conjunction with a sidearm in the Harries or Rogers technique. Xenon bulbs put out a tight beam and mega amounts of lumens; but they eat batteries and the lamp assemblies are expensive when you need a new bulb. LEDs, on the other hand, are rapidly approaching the light output of xenon at 50 yards or so. These models became available in 2009.