POLICE Magazine - September 2012

COVER STORY

Lidar Technology Comes of Age

By Craig Peterson
Some two decades after its arrival, the speed laser is rapidly becoming a commodity. POLICE Magazine gathered all of the most recent arrivals and spent weeks evaluating their performance, utility, and user-friendliness. Then they were placed in service with a local PD for one week each.

Features:

Sovereign Citizens: A Clear and Present Danger  

Sovereign citizens believe that the government has no right to tax them, issue licenses, or do many of the other things that the average American citizen has accepted as the roles of government. They also believe that the only legitimate law enforcement officer is the elected sheriff.

The First Female Patrol Officers  

The dawn of the contemporary female officer came in 1972. It was a moment in time where law enforcement's and the public's attitude toward women with badges began to change and female officers began to be perceived as "real police."

Police Readers Support Concealed Carry, Romney for President  

The vast majority of working law enforcement officers in the United States support the Second Amendment right to bear arms and plan to vote for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this fall. That's the findings of a survey conducted by POLICE Magazine this summer.

Municipal Bankruptcies: Running On Empty  

The bankruptcy filings swallowed by four California cities have left plenty of indigestion for officers. Like a rolling blackout on an electrical grid, fiscal distress has slowly crippled the police departments in these cities, bringing loss of pay, lower benefits, and layoffs.

Columns:

Hobbling Our Investigations  

Some elected officials seem compelled to introduce legislation aimed at protecting the rights of suspected criminals while impeding our investigations.

Can You Prevent Mass Shootings?  

Thanks to two active shooters, it's been a summer of terror for the American public. What's good is that people are actually talking about what can be done to curb these shootings and how to respond to them. And that includes law enforcement.

Are You Ready to Win?  

Even though we now have these marvelous tools, the key to winning confrontations is still what is happening behind our eyes, not in our hands. Yes, great weapons help us win, but we have to have our minds right, before and during a life-and-death confrontation.

POLICE Magazine - September 2012
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