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Articles from Vol. 50, No. 11, November

2003 Police and Special Service Vehicles
The 2003 model year is one of weaks and subtle improvements. The Ford CVPI and especially the Ford Expedition got the most changes. Most of the other police vehicles are near carryovers from 2002. Ford Crown Victoria Police Inteceptor Much is new with...
Automotive "Black Box"
The term "black box" is a misleading one when it comes to the automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR) used in the air bag system. They are designed for a different purpose as the aircraft "black box" and have different priorities in their use. Motor vehicles...
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Bloodstain pattern analysis is a helpful tool in the reconstruction of a crime scene. Bloodstain analysis gives the investigator the ability to de ants that could have occurred du ahe course of the bloodshed. Once es analysis is complete, these facts...
CCTV and Private Security Help Investigators
Law enforcement investigators know that certain businesses have closed circuit television (CCTV); banks, convenience stores and gas stations are the ones most often thought of after a crime occurs in their place of business. However the advancement in...
Collecting Digital Evidence
A network administrator will often be the first person to become aware of a cybercrime, and the SIT incident response team will take the initial steps to stop the crime in progress and freeze the crime scene before law enforcement personnel take over....
Crisis Communications Competency Is Critical
A leader must know how to communicate effectively during a crisis. It is often that ability above all others that causes a person to become a leader. In these situations, intangible resources are far more critical than tangible. Your knowledge, skills...
Crown Victoria Fixes
Shields designed to protect the fuel tanks on Crown Victoria police cars will soon be available, a Ford Motor Co. spokeswoman said. Last month, Ford agreed to fund installation of the shields in 350,000 patrol cars after departments complained the vehicles...
Delivering Emergency Communications over Commerical Digital TV
After a little more than a year since the tragedy of 9-11, many public safety agencies are still trying to improve their emergency on-site communications. Small wonder: the collapse of the World Trade Center caused radio chaos for first responders- particularly...
Devastation Consequences of Poor Driving Decisions
I am the mother of the two teenage boys who) were killed in a car crash involving an officer. Here is my story. ntil the summer of 1998 my life was perfect. I had a husband, Jay, and two wonderful children, John and Matthew. Since the day John, my oldest,...
Digital Cameras and Domestic Violence Victims
In September 2002, Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced a pilot program with Olympus America, Inc. to fight domestic violence with the help of digital photography. In anticipation of Domestic Violence Month in October, Olympus America...
Effort or Reprimand?
Nationwide DWI, speeding and occupant restraint citations are down by 42%. Why? A direct link exists between enforcement effort and traffic crashes resulting in injury and death. It may not be a lack of recognition of the traffic safety problem, but...
How to Use Training Videos
A lot is involved in properly using training videos. When they are used the right way, they can enhance officer safety and document training. If they are used the wrong way, they can give contradictory training at worst, or at best be a waste of time....
Instant Photography: A Vital Tool in Fighting Domestic Violence
In a May 2000 study conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, as many as one million violent crimes were committed annually against persons by an intimate partner. No one understands this sobering reality better than those who right on the front...
Investigating across Borders with NIBIN
In the following case studies, use of the NIBIN system enabled law enforcement to connect crimes taking place in different jurisdictions. Law enforcement agencies could then pool their information and work together to apprehend the offenders. While investigations...
LFL liberty(TM) All LED Lightbar
When Whelen began its LED program in 1996, its engineering department was challenged with developing a light source that would rival strobe in intensity and effectiveness, but retain the unique characteristics of LED lighting that would make it an ideal...
Linking Crimes through Ballistic Evidence
A national network allowing state and local law enforcement agencies to compare crime gun evidence across jurisdictional borders, whether in the next county or several states away, is nearing completion. To assist state and local law enforcement agencies...
News
K-9 Memorial The University of California at Davis has dedicated a memorial to fallen California K-9s. The six foot tall memorial is called Faithful Partner, and consists of a star-shaped pedestal clad in black granite and topped by a bronze statue of...
Operation Hardhat Combats Highway Workzone Fatalities
Combats Highway Workzone Fatalities For drivers today, the sight of orange construction cones or barricades has become as common as the cold. Someone recently quipped that the traffic cone is his state's new symbol. Whether it's across town or across...
Ottawa Police Service Forensic Identification Section
Recently, Sergeant Ian Kingham of the Ottawa Police Service had to cut short an interview about his role as a member of Ottawa's CBRN response team to provide expert fingerprint evidence during a trial. This occurrence illustrates the diversity of demands...
PowerPoint Shortcuts
If you have been using PowerPoint to present briefings or instruction, you have probably experienced some kind of meltdown with the program. PowerPoint is a great, and usually reliable, tool, but there are some simple steps that you can take to ward...
Seizure Defined
As a general rule, officers can speak with individuals without such conversations becoming a seizure for Fourth Amendment purposes. It is when officers restrain the liberty of a suspect (or create the appearance of doing so) that the contact starts to...
Special Report Police Vehicles: 2003 MSP Patrol Vehicle Test Results
Each year since the 1978 models, the Michigan State Police has tested a variety of police package (pursuit capable) and special service package patrol vehicles. These tests include acceleration to 100 mph, top speed, braking from 60 mph, road racing...
The Forgotten Evidence
The analysis of gunshot residue (GSR) utilizing Scanning Electron Microscopy interfaced with energy dispersive x-- ray (SEM/EDX) has undergone extensive research and development since its inception into the forensic world. At present it appears to be...
The Mental Aspect of Emergency Driving
During December of 1988 in southern California, two police cars responding to a call for assistance from another officer collided at an intersection. This resulted in three officers killed and one severely injured. Fourteen years later in northern California,...
Training for Pursuit Driving
Minimum initial and inservice training standards exist when it comes to firearms; yet similar standards are rare for training in pursuit and emergency driving. If an officer shoots someone, investigators will scrutinize his firearms training records...