Start the New Year strong with a new body camera and dash camera. The Bureau of Justice Administration estimates that between 4,000 and 6,000 law enforcement agencies are planning to adopt or already adopted body worn cameras. Both of these pieces of equipment help make law enforcement officers’ jobs easier. Below are some of the top sellers to help you decide if you’re looking to get an upgrade this year. Continue reading New Body Worn and Dash Cameras
Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, firefighter, soldier or just ready for a challenge – mud races and obstacles courses are an exciting way to stay physically fit during spring and summertime. Show off your toned spring body with these workout tips and gear to help you go the extra mile.
Something as simple as finding the right shoe will give you the head start you need on your next race. “You want a shoe with aggressive traction and a thin upper, so that it won’t absorb a lot of water,” says Spartan Race champion Hobie Call. A good shoe must be tough, versatile, and able to withstand everything race organizers throw at them. They also better feel good on your feet.
During longer races, water stations can be few and far between, so it’s important to carry a slim hydration pack filled with water or some sort of electrolyte/energy drink. Although it might be tempting to move faster when hitting an obstacle, you should resist. Keep a steady pace and keep your intensity levels even. It’s easy to get ramped up for the obstacles but that can hurt you in the long run.
Try to avoid cotton or anything heavy. Cotton will absorb water, add weight, and slow you down – Not to mention cause unwanted chaffing. Spandex or compression apparel are safe choices.
Weather has the power to change your game entirely, and it is important to be prepared for anything. For windy days, wear a light pullover windbreaker. Don’t wear a jacket with a zipper as zippers can get caught or clogged with mud.
Mud runs and obstacles courses are a great way to enjoy the spring weather while staying fit. So breathe in the fresh air and have fun!
Welcome to police work! You’ve made it through the rigorous physical training and stressful testing. Now it is time to prepare for your first day on duty, and to purchase the proper equipment for your duty belt. Each piece of your equipment will be a huge part of your entire career.
Know your duty belt like the back of your hand. You should be able to reach down and grab anything you need with ease, at any given moment. The goal of proper placement of duty belt equipment is to assure you that everything can be located and ascertained as second nature – like an extension of your own body. This way, in a situation, you can grab and return each piece of equipment without taking your eyes off the suspect or what you are doing.
Here are a few necessary items to run through and some pointers for each piece of equipment.
Starting from the front center and moving towards your strong side, the first item from the center point is your handcuff case. This is placed here so that it can be accessed from either hand. Many officers make the mistake of carrying the handcuffs behind their firearm. If your weapon was out, covering a subject, and you need to retrieve the handcuffs, you have to either holster the weapon or use your strong hand to obtain the cuffs.
Handcuffs have the power to act as a defensive weapon if needed during a physical altercation and since this is the perfect location, there is no reaching around to locate.
Again, it is accessible by either hand and the transition from spray to firearm is easy when utilizing this location. It can also spray from the case if necessary.
On either side of the holster should be a belt keeper. This will help secure the holster to your body. With the proper handgun retention, and a triple secure holster, the weapon will be protected.
Keep nothing behind the holster. There have been reports of police equipment moving on the duty belt and sliding behind the holster. Depending on the type of holster, this item prevented the weapon from being drawn.
Moving to the non-firearm side of your belt, the first item is your magazine pouches. The magazines are facing forward and nothing is blocking the quick removable and reloading of these important tools. Look for a magazine holder that has hidden snap closings to protect your gear, if needed.
The next piece of equipment is the cross-draw TASER. Cross-draw design should be used for a TASER, to prevent confusion with your firearm.
In addition, the TASER can be drawn when in cross-draw location by either hand. On either side of the TASER are the belt keepers.
With the ear piece secured by a small strap around the ear and under the ear lobe, this will become a critical safety tool for you. Only you will be able to hear what is being transmitted. It’s light-weight and out-of-the-way.
After a belt keeper, should be an expandable baton followed by one last keeper. This completes the duty belt, but not your duty equipment!
Tips and information from PoliceOne
A high-quality knife is the sign of a good officer. A folding knife can be an excellent backup weapon when nothing else is around. Most officers carry at least one folding knife on them while on duty. There’s a lot that you should consider before buying your knife.
Not too big, not too small, but just right.
“Hold it in your hand with your eyes open and then close your eyes,” advises Bill Raczkowski, category manager for Gerber. “If you have to use this knife in an emergency, you may have to do so without looking at it. Make sure it feels like part of your own body.” For officers who wear gloves on duty, Raczkowski adds that they should also test the hand feel while wearing the gloves. Your knife should simply feel like an organic extension of your own hand. This can be measured by size, weight, grip, and handle design.
The real damage: the blade.
At the end of the day, the blade is what’s going to do the real damage. What is the design? What material is it made from? What is the length? Folding blades usually have two kinds of tips: Tanto and Drop Point. A Tanto blade maintains its thickness until the very tip, then it angles to a very sharp point. It also makes the blade an excellent puncture and chopping tool. A fixed Tanto blade is even a very powerful prying tool (however folding knives should never be used as prying tools). Drop Point blades are the traditional rounded blade like a kitchen knife. They are great for slicing things and for skinning animals. These blades thin out toward the tip, which makes this design the preferred tool for making fine cuts.
Serrated or straight edge?
Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Serrated blades are great for ripping through webbing, rope, and other materials. They also don’t need to be kept quite as sharp as straight edges to be effective, which is convenient. There are several options for sharpening a straight edge; the only good way to sharpen a serrated edge is with a round file.
Get a grip!
Folding knives are manufactured with several different types of grips, including plastic, polymer, aluminum, titanium, and many more. Knife collectors and aficionados tend to prefer expensive metal grips, but for the average user, the main thing about grips is feel. If you don’t like the grip, then it’s not the right grip for you.
Smith & Wesson: These knives are high-quality and often multi-featured. The Smith and Wesson’s Extreme Ops knife includes a half-serrated tanto-style blade, seatbelt cutter and a glass breaker. Perfect for everyday carry.
Coast: These tactical knives are often lightweight, tactical and tough. The Coast DX330 Rescue Knife will power through the toughest cutting job with ease. It includes a glass breaker, integrated seatbelt cutter for maximum versatility, and a double lock.
Information from Police Mag.
It’s one thing to be able to shoot a pistol. It’s another to shoot a pistol with accuracy and consistency. There’s only one way to accomplish this: DRILLS. Attaining proficiency requires a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of marksmanship coupled with a strong desire to improve. Here are a few drills that we think stand out among the rest.
The Wall Drill (DRY FIRE)
To perform this drill:
- Weapon must be completely unloaded and checked TWICE, before performing this drill.
- Remove all ammunition from your training area and find a wall that can serve as a proper backstop in case of an accident.
- Gripping your unloaded weapon in your usual stance, press the muzzle to the wall until it just barely makes contact, then back off about an inch.
- From this position, practice your trigger manipulation. The goal is to press the trigger straight back with consistent pressure until the “shot” breaks without disturbing your sight alignment throughout the process.
- Remember, that is the key to accuracy — a proper trigger press that doesn’t mess up your sight picture.
- Just work on keeping everything still except your trigger finger, and move your finger in a slow, smooth, relaxed trigger press.
- Work on this for about ten minutes, three to four times per week.
The focus of this drill is to practice manipulating your grip, without having to worry about your focus target. It is solely about the physical connection between you and the weapon. Using a blank wall will help to keep you focused, as there are no distractions in front of you.
Ready Up Drill
- Load your pistol. Keep it holstered while you face the same target you use when you qualify.
- Draw your pistol and fire one round as soon as your front sight covers the scoring area of the target.
- Repeat drill until your firearm is empty at which time you should execute a combat reload and return to firing one shot at a time.
- Too add some variety to the drill, every time you draw your pistol fire one more round each time before re-holstering.
- Then try drawing and firing different numbers of multiple rounds.
This drill will help you to develop faith in the use of your front sight because you will pull the trigger in the split second that your front sight covers the scoring area of a man-size target. The point of this exercise is not to develop one conditioned response every time you draw and fire a handgun.
- Fire six rounds at the plate at a slow pace (1 shot per second). Repeat.
- Fire six rounds at a moderate pace (2 shots per second). Repeat. This is considered “comfort zone.”
- Finally, maximize speed by firing six rounds at a pace of about 4 shots per second (or as fast as possible if 4/second is faster than the gun can be kept under control). Repeat. This pace should push a shooter outside of his comfort zone and force him to work harder at recoil management and sight tracking.
This drill is intended to teach students the relationship between speed and accuracy, and how time affects marksmanship fundamentals.
Recommended Gear for Trainees
Hearing Protector Ear Muffs: Not only will ear muffs protect your ear drums from harmful noises during training, but they will allow you to concentrate without breaking focus.
Police Target: This is a necessity for anyone working to improve target accuracy. It is concise and provides the shooter with a set of goals.
Sights: Learning how to manipulate highly technological target equipment can be a powerful tool for anyone working to improve target accuracy.
Sources: PT Pistol Training; Police Mag
Interest in police body cameras has skyrocketed like never before. Body cameras can supplement what is already recorded by in-car cameras, which can only show what is occurring directly in front of or inside a cruiser. “It’s not only for the protection of the community, it’s also for the protection of the officer,” says Sheriff Jeff Cappa of Wayne County. The video recording eliminates uncertainty about what exactly happened between an officer and member of the public.
David Klinger, criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis points out that, police officers are humans too. “They react just as others who are involved in stressful life-threatening situations. This tells us we need to understand how it is that these events are experienced before we can pass judgment on an officer.” Here are a few facts that make this wearable technology hugely important in modern day crime-fighting.
1. Body Worn Cameras Improve Behavior: Body Cameras act as an objective third party, improving the behavior of all parties during police interactions, and keeping everyone accountable. The documentation of citizen and officer behavior of an event supports overall transparency.
2. Low Light Recording: Low light recording best shows what the human eye actually sees, making for a real depiction of the story itself.
3. Body Cameras Are Worn All The Time: They are on all the time, streaming data but not recording until a button is activated. Agency policy gives direction to officers when to activate the recording device. Recordings are evidence or official record and NOT used as a surveillance tool.
4. The VIEVU2 Squared Body Worn Camera is an Investment Well Made: This body camera is a compact and wearable camera that is easy to use with hands-free operation. This valuable piece of equipment includes its own smartphone app that lets your record, edit and share video. It comes with a camera, USB cable, anti-theft tag, spring clip and quick-start guide.
Last week, President Obama pledged $75 million to help police departments implement body cameras, in an effort to improve relations between law enforcement and minority communities. Body cameras may help serve as an objective record of police encounters, ultimately working to get to the bottom of every story with ease. In situations like these, it is critical that both officers and community members be accountable for their actions. But, body cameras aren’t the only new piece of devices being used to address the matter. Here are some emerging technologies that are being investigated:
Drone cameras can be operated at a distance, giving them an advantage over smartphone recordings, or body cameras. One Bay Area man, Daniel Saulmon, uses a drone to film activity, in an effort to monitor police DUI checkpoints and traffic stops.
Police also have begun using drones to survey traffic, disaster areas, and active shooter scenarios. But privacy issues have kept them from catching on more widely. The San Jose, CA police department grounded its drone after civilians raised concerns over police surveillance. Police agreed not to operate the drone until guidelines and use policies were established.
Smart Gun Technology
A Silicon Valley startup company called Yardarm Technologies, developed smart gun technology that tracks police firearms and records when they’re discharged. The technology notifies dispatchers when an officer removes his or her weapon from its holster, if it’s fired, the direction of the officer’s shots, and where the gun is located. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Department is one of two agencies testing the Internet and Bluetooth-linked technology.
Another smart gun technology, ShotSpotter, uses microphones planted within an allotted area to automatically identify gunshots fired. When detected, the system alerts the police department of when and where the shots were fired. Police departments using ShotSpotter rely on it to respond to shootings more quickly, but the technology can also be used to verify a story during a shooting. However, this technology cannot decipher between who the gunfire came from, police or civilian. “Do we capture officer-involved shootings? We capture shootings. Outdoors and where we’re deployed,” says ShotSpotter’s CEO Ralph Clark.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office recently announced that the New York City Police Department will be equipping all of its officers with smartphones and outfitting many police cars with tablet computers. The “N.Y.P.D Mobility Initiative” will be distributing 41,000 smart devices in an effort to modernize the nation’s largest police force.
“We must have 21st-century tools to deal with 21st-century threats,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “and this infusion of new resources will arm our officers with the technology and information they need to fight crime and protect the city against terrorism more efficiently and more effectively.”
All of the devices will hold a slew of applications, such as a mobile version of the Domain Awareness System, a computer surveillance system that joins video feeds from thousands of closed-circuit cameras to law enforcement databases. This will allow officers to track and gather further information about criminals and possible terrorist action. The smart devices will also give officers access to all 911 related data including notes by call-takers and information about the location of the call, the statement from the district attorney’s office said. They are hoping to add in a GPS feature to help coordinate backup. Fingerprint scanning is anticipated to be available by next year.
There is some controversy over whether or not this initiative will make a huge difference in serving justice, but there is no question that it has the potential to improve policing on all fronts. Eugene O’Donnell, professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, says “The most promising aspect,” he said, “is the potential to standardize justice across the city, making sure all of the officers have access to the same information, which of course helps the criminal justice system.”
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It seems there is a misconception that cops are no fun. We are here to prove that rumor wrong! Here at 10 photos proving that cops have more fun than you!
1. We get down with our bad selves
2. We fight crime
3. We Dance
4. We Nap
5. We chase ostriches
6. We play sweet music
7. We go on sweet car chases
8. We dance more
9. We expect the unexpected
10. We enjoy a good doughnut