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Awesome Police Vehicles – 2012 Models From Ford, Chevy and Dodge

 

The companies who design and build police and other law enforcement vehicles continue to evolve their products – with sharp looking designs matched by high-tech performances.

Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge all make patrol cars with sleek designs, high powered engines and enough gadgets to help keep criminals off the streets.

The automotive companies have a difficult challenge when designing new police cars. How much do they carry forward from older designs? How many new features do they add? And how do they do all of this while maintaining a price point that is suitable for a wide range of police department and municipal budgets?

All of the cars offer reliability and performance in one combination or another. They know the end goal is to create a patrol car that serves many purposes – safety, comfort, stability, situational presence and explosive acceleration when needed.

They also have to consider the age old question – do agencies prefer fuel economy or performance? Again, the goal is to engineer designs than can reliably perform at top speeds when needed but are relatively economic with their fuel consumption.

The real test comes from those officers who spend their time in the patrol car. The men and women who slide into the seats, patrol for long shifts, have to reach into the back seat or have breakfast on the run. That’s when a police car shows it’s true colors!

 

2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Police Car:

Chevrolet Caprice PPV
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV - Image from Car and Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the 2102 Chevrolet Caprice PPV review from Car and Driver Magazine…

 

 

2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit Police Car:

2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit Police Car
2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit - Image from Chrysler.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about the Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol car…

 

 

2012 Ford Interceptor Police Car:

2012 Ford Interceptor Patrol Vehicle
2012 Ford Interceptor - Image from Car and Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the Car and Driver review of the 2012 Ford Interceptor Police Car…

 

What do you enjoy about your patrol car?

3 Law Enforcement Uses for Night Vision Cameras

 

Night vision? Hidden cameras? Recording equipment?

These are all standard components of today’s law enforcement agencies. Local, state and federal agencies use night vision cameras and recording equipment to extend their level of protection within their operating jurisdictions. Having advanced technological equipment and devices puts them one step ahead of those engaging in criminal activity.

3 reasons why having a night vision camera is useful:

  • First, having the ability to see in the dark or on in low light conditions give law enforcement officials a huge advantage over someone without a light or similar technology. This allows for better operational safety and efficiency.
  • Officers can use the camera for night time surveillance allowing them to watch over key locations or keep track of possible suspects. Also, conditions are not always optional for standard surveillance. Man hours and personnel are a consideration. Some cameras can be set up to operate independently.
  • Lastly, the camera can be used for evidence collection. Photographic images and videos can be captured using a night vision camera. Those images can then be used as evidence.

Utilizing a multi-function night vision camera is essential for today’s officer. Managing this one piece of equipment can give an agency a leg up in the fight against crime.

The only night vision device that takes pictures too!

At Galls, there is one particular camera that fits the bill. The Fisher Labs iGen LE Night Vision Monocular Camera. The iGen LE is a monocular camera with premium quality glass lenses that are coated specifically for nighttime viewing to further enhance light gathering and image brightness. This is achieved by using the most advanced optical components, individually treated with a premium coating of different layers of metal oxides and fluorides to ensure minimum reflections on the glass surface and increased light transmission.

Special features of the iGen LE Night Vision Monocular Camera:

  • Includes: Memory Card, Tripod with Window Mount, Neck Strap, Protective Case
  • Saves images to memory card
  • Light amplification adjustable from 300x to 10.000x
  • Video streaming
  • Magnification: 2.6x
  • Angle of view: 12 degrees
  • Range of view: 16″ to infinity
  • Field of view: 70 ft. at a distance of 330 ft
  • Resolution: Edge to Edge 30 lp/mm
  • Power supply: 4 AA batteries
  • Dimensions: 4″H x 2.5″W x 9″D
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs

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Clint Eastwood To Help Create Police Museum In Washington D.C.

According to recent reports, actor Clint Eastwood is helping to create a National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.

Eastwood has signed on to be the honorary chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and National Law Enforcement Museum. He provides increased public awareness to the campaign.

Eastwood, legendary for his tough persona and likeability is a celebrity that provides a high level of trust and responsibility, a key factor in marketing efforts. He also carries a sincere and genuine interest in helping to raise funding for the museum. Currently, $43 of $80 million that is needed for the project has been raised.

The National Law Enforcement Museum will honor those in law enforcement, celebrating their history and contributions to American society.

See the National Law Enforcement Museum virtual tour below:

Construction of the museum is schedule for a 2013 completion. It is being built adjacent to the The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, a memorial that honors 19,000 officers killed in the line of duty.

Read more about the museum at The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website.

Click here to contribute to the Memorial and Museum efforts.

SHOT Trade Show – Now 5 Months Away!

SHOT Trade Show – Now 5 Months Away!

The SHOT Trade Show gears up again soon in January 2012 – just 5 quick months away at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. While 5 months may seem like a lot of time, it’s important to start planning if you will be attending. If your company or agency is exhibiting, you’re probably already involved in the planning process.

What is the SHOT Show?

The SHOT Show is The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference. It is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It’s also the world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

The SHOT Show is owned and sponsored by The National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Want to see a recap of the 2011 SHOT Show?

Check out the January 2011 show recap as well as dozens of their YouTube videos.

The SHOT Show is social – are you?

The SHOT Show is fully integrated with social media so you can keep current on developments leading up to the show.

Check them out on:
SHOT Show Blog

SHOT Show on Twitter

SHOT Show on Facebook

The National Shooting Sports Foundation

Stats from the 2011 SHOT Show:

  • Total Attendance: 57,390 !!
  • Exhibitors: 1,600
  • Attendees: 31,769
  • Exhibit space:  630,000 net square feet
  • Media:  2,074

If you have interest, don’t miss out on the 2012 SHOT Show – it’s coming up soon!

 

Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Up 14% In 2011

According to the 2011 Mid-Year Office Fatality Report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, law enforcement officer deaths are up 14% from 2010.

National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund statistics
Courtesy of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

This is a disturbing trend as 2010 also represented an increase in officer fatalities from the year prior (though 2009 thankfully represented lower than average total numbers of work related deaths).

To read the full report, click through to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. You can also make donations to the fund at their website.

Of the 98 officers who were killed during the first six months of this year,

  • 40 officers died by gunfire
  • 21 died in automobile crashes
  • 16 deaths through job related illnesses
  • 7 officers killed after being struck by automobiles
  • 5 killed in motorcycle crashes
  • 2 officers struck by a train
  • 1 death per an aircraft crash
  • 1 officer death due to beating
  • 1 death due to electrocution
  • 1 death due to a fall
  • 1 death by bomb blast
  • 1 officer was was crushed
  • 1 officer was strangled

As Doug Wyllie, senior editor at Police One points out, the 2011 Mid-Year Fatality report is frustrating. He offers greater insight into the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of police safety.

What can be done to reduce the number of officer fatalities? A continued and concentrated focus on personal safety and partner safety is important. So is continued training, applying the correct tactics and use of proper equipment. Here are some other methods for staying while on duty.

While the majority of safety procedures are known to officers, there are other support systems in place to help supplement training. One example is the Police Officers Safety Association. Their guiding mission is: “to reduce the numbers of law enforcement officers injured and killed in the line of duty through training and education.” To learn more, visit the Police Officers Safety Association website.

If nothing more, hopefully the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund mid-year report helps to serve as a reminder that officer safety is extremely important and that a greater community of concerned individuals and entities continue to seek ways to make the law enforcement profession safer.

Be safe out there – Galls.

Discovering Our Nation’s Police Museums

There are wonderful police museums all across the country.

From New York City to Cincinnati to Seattle and many places in between, you’re likely to find a museum or historical society devoted to showcasing the origins of the local police force. If you’re within driving distance of one, they make for an entertaining and educational day trip for you and your family.

The draw for most of these museums is the vast array of old and original equipment, memorabilia, uniforms, photographs, cars and various weapons. The exhibitions and collections that are housed within these museum walls offer great insight into local history and lore.

At the New York City Police Museum you can see exhibits spanning three centuries of law enforcement. old police car

In the Portland Oregon Police Museum you can see a Harley-Davidson patrol motorcycle as well as the first McGruff the Crime Dog suit.

And in Waco, Texas at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame you can discover how the Texas Rangers made the colt revolver famous and our borders with Mexico safe.

Most of the museums ask for some small admission fee or donation. Some seek the financial support support of members and donors while others also rely on city or state funding.

In all, the mission of these police museums is to preserve the stories and the memorabilia so future generations can have a better understanding of what it was like to be a police officer in days gone by.

What sidearms did they carry? What police vehicles did they use? What did their uniforms look like? What historical events played out in each city?

To find out more, check out these city and state police museums.

Northeast:

The New York City Police Museum in New York City

New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center in West Trenton, NJ

Mid-Atlantic:

National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C.

South:

American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, FL

Tampa Police Museum of Tampa, FL

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, TX

Midwest:

Cleveland Police Museum in Cleveland, OH

The Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society Museum in Cincinnati, OH

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and Museum in Springfield, IL

Indiana State Police Museum in Indianapolis, IN

West:

Los Angeles Police Historical Society in Los Angeles, CA

Phoenix Police Museum in Phoenix, AZ

Northwest:

Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum in Seattle, WA

Portland Police Museum in Portland, OR

There are many other police museums across the country. Check your local area to see if there might be one closer to your town.

Here is a great video from the Los Angeles Police Historical Society with an inside look at their museum.

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7 Must Read Law Enforcement Blogs

Across the internet, there are a tremendous amount of Law Enforcement Blogs that focus on a wide variety of general and specific topics. Each blog has a different viewpoint and a different voice. And while the purpose of each blog is distinct, most are informative as well as entertaining.

At Galls, we believe that fostering communication and sharing information help make law enforcement agencies – and the people who make up those agencies – better able to protect the communities that they serve.

Here are 7 law enforcement blogs that we’ve discovered lately. We’ve enjoyed them and think each one has great value. We’d like to share them with you.  Image of Blog

Positive LEO – a site devoted to covering all of the positive stories that occur within the law enforcement community. Law enforcement and public safety are rewarding careers and great stories happen every single day. Positive LEO welcomes readers to submit articles.

The General Blog of Crime – this collection of legal news stories is presented from the viewpoint of several criminologists who provide personal opinions mixed with professional insight.

CopsAlive.com – offering information that helps police officers stay safe, this blog is an important resource for cops and their families. At CopsAlive.com, they realize that ‘quality of life’ extends beyond the eight hour shift and will also discuss topics like stress, health and relationships in addition to tactical safety issues.

Bad Luck Detective – this colorful blog is written by a women who, in her own words, “became a police officer while suffering a midlife crisis in my forties and became a detective a few years later.” Well written and self-effacing, it offers a great viewpoint on what it’s like to be an officer and a detective.

Cops 2.0 – this blog is focused on helping the law enforcement community better understand and use social media in their public information efforts. This blog is more likely to be read ‘at work’ since it focuses on departmental efficiencies, but it is a great resource for staying on top of emerging trends in police work.

Wives Behind the Badge – Wives Behind the Badge “is dedicated to providing resources and emotional support to law enforcement families, and to serving as a positive voice for law enforcement in the community.” This blog chronicles the non-profit’s views, news and updates.

SGT Says – this information rich blog is a one stop shop for officer safety tips, news, crime bulletins, training, firearms information and more. They’ve been at it since 2008, and with a post nearly every day, there are over 1,000 short posts to scroll through.

*each blog reflects its own interests and opinions and they may not always reflect the ideals of Galls. We hope you can enjoy these blogs for what they are – resources for better understanding the stories, trends and culture of today’s law enforcement.

If you have police and law enforcement blogs that you enjoy, please post them in the comments below and we’ll be sure to check them out.