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Protecting the Police Officer

Protecting the Police Officer

With so many murders of officers in 2016, we expect our national leadership to do more than send us to sensitivity training.

March 13, 2017

Creative Financing for Ocean Systems' Solution

Creative Financing for Ocean Systems' Solution

Helmsing sought and received approval from his superiors to approach local business users of surveillance video and ask them for donations for the Ocean Systems' equipment. "Banks and credit unions are big users of surveillance video so we started with them," Helmsing says.

March 6, 2014

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

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

The Money Crunch: Staffing Shortage
The Money Crunch: Brother, Can You Spare a Few Mil?

The Money Crunch: Brother, Can You Spare a Few Mil?

When Oregon laid off 139 of its state troopers and 300 employees total in one day, the already spread thin department was left with few officers to police the state, while the crime labs that process evidence for all Oregon law enforcement agencies were all but shut down. And the agency is not alone in suffering budget woes.

November 1, 2004

The Money Crunch: How to Apply for Grants

While the amount of federal and state grant money available to law enforcement is not as plentiful as it was in the past, funding still exists. It’s a matter of finding the right grants for your agency and being a bit lucky.

November 1, 2004

Slicing the Pie

Slicing the Pie

The first phase of the Iraq War alone cost $79 billion and more than $100 billion may be spent on the reconstruction of Iraq. Back at home, American cities received only a relative pittance to fund their new homeland security duties, despite being deemed the front lines of response to terrorist attacks.

November 1, 2004

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

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 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

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix

Blood stains are really hard to get out. And today, with the advent of DNA matching, it’s even harder for criminals to mask their violent deeds, as just trace amounts of blood and other biological materials can put investigators hot on their trail.

February 1, 2003

Preparing for the Worst

Preparing for the Worst

Less than two years ago, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) such as gas, viruses, and nukes were mostly the stuff of Tom Clancy novels, not the everyday concern of the nation’s law enforcement. But that was before 9/11.

February 1, 2003

PDAs on Patrol

PDAs on Patrol

Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.

February 1, 2003

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