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IACP 2013: LAPD's Next-Gen Ford Police Interceptors

IACP 2013: LAPD's Next-Gen Ford Police Interceptors

The Los Angeles Police Department has brought versions of Ford's Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility to the IACP Conference in Philadelphia that showcase a high-tech, less-cluttered patrol car of the future.

October 21, 2013

LAPD Rampart's Special Problems Unit

LAPD Rampart's Special Problems Unit

The LAPD's Rampart Division may be the agency's smallest geographic area, but its steady flow of house burglaries, auto thefts, and meth-fueled crime offer the Special Problems Unit plenty of opportunity for targeted enforcement.

March 15, 2013

Mumbai: What Law Enforcement Learned

Mumbai: What Law Enforcement Learned

The Mumbai terror attacks still hold potent lessons for police responders four years after they raised the ante on counter-terrorism response and active-shooter training.

November 27, 2012

LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger

LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger

With the help of Chrysler and other police vendors, the LAPD presented its vision of the next-generation patrol car at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

November 20, 2012

'End of Watch' Based On LAPD Cop's Patrol Duty

'End of Watch' Based On LAPD Cop's Patrol Duty

Open Road's "End of Watch" was based on the experiences of Captain Jamie FitzSimons, a former LAPD patrol officer who worked South Los Angeles neighborhoods in the 1990s. This is the primary reason the movie rings true with an authentic approach to police work.

September 20, 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

LAPD Launches Cost-Reduction Study for Fleet

LAPD Launches Cost-Reduction Study for Fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department's fleet manager has outlined several cost-control measures to address rising costs, including a study of major fleet costs to develop strategies for reducing top expenditures for fuel, tires, brake components, and big-ticket components such as transmissions and engines.

April 17, 2012

LAPD Evaluates Driver Training with Patrol-Car Choice

LAPD Evaluates Driver Training with Patrol-Car Choice

The Los Angeles Police Department has yet to choose its Crown Vic replacement patrol car, but that hasn't kept the agency's emergency driving trainers from discussing changes in how recruits are trained behind the wheel.

March 22, 2012

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

LAPD's Next-Generation Chevy Caprice

LAPD's Next-Generation Chevy Caprice

The Los Angeles Police Department's "smart car" concept for its next patrol cruiser may not be able to outmaneuver the Batmobile, yet it's loaded with enough high-tech features to catch plenty of non-comic book crooks.

July 21, 2011

Video: Need To Open Up a Building Wall?

Video: Need To Open Up a Building Wall?

The BatCat — formerly known as the Bomb Assault Tactical Control Assessment Tool — is a massive automated robot that can be operated remotely and is part-truck and part-tractor. A telescoping arm can bring a claw, forklift or bucket up to 50 feet.

May 27, 2011

5 Gunfights That Changed Law Enforcement

5 Gunfights That Changed Law Enforcement

The gear and training employed by officers is much different today, partly as a result of the FBI Miami shootout. There have been other game-changing gunfights in the last quarter century. The following article examines each of them and how they changed your tactics, procedures, and policies.

May 4, 2011

Ramifications of the Dodger Stadium Beating

The response by Chief Charlie Beck and Dodger owner Frank McCourt to the brutal beating of Bryan Stow didn't particularly sit well with Jack Dunphy, the pseudonym of the active LAPD officer who writes a police blog at Pajamas Media.

April 15, 2011

Verizon Activates Initial 4G Markets

Law enforcement agencies are anticipating next-gen networks to deploy or expand municipal surveillance networks (if budgets allow). Connected cameras will help patrol officers work more seamlessly with central command centers to apprehend fleeing suspects and halt crimes in progress.

December 6, 2010

LAPD Hollywood's Vice Unit

LAPD Hollywood's Vice Unit

The movie industry has helped make Hollywood a much more seductive idea than physical destination and, more recently, has exposed the underbelly as well. Hollywood's streets often become "tracks" for street prostitutes, and boisterous nightclubs shun operating rules.

June 11, 2010