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Advances & Applications


Los Angeles Police Department Updates Its Motorcycle Fleet
Harley-Davidson announces that the City of Los Angeles has issued a purchase order for 75 ABS-equipped Harley-Davidson Police Electra Glide motorcycles to replace a portion of the Los Angeles Police Department's existing fleet of 393 motorcycles.

The LAPD conducted motorcycle performance testing in November 2004, involving police-spec motorcycles from Harley-Davidson and other manufacturers. Harley-Davidson motorcycles performed well in all tests, including acceleration, handling, and braking, and were ultimately deemed the motorcycle that best fit the mission of the LAPD.

LAPD will take delivery of its new fleet of Harley-Davidson FLHTPI motorcycles sometime this summer.

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Massachusetts Police Department Partners with Defibrillator Maker
Zoll AED Plus, maker of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, announces that the Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Police Department has installed Zoll AEDs in every patrol car. Zoll also trained the department's officers in the use of AEDs.

The Chelmsford Police Department has one ZOLL AED Plus device in each of its 10 police cruisers, and additional devices in its stationhouse, its cellblock, and its training facility. Efforts to expand AED training and use have resulted in more units being placed in public venues, including the town hall, senior center, a golf course, skating rink, and most schools. In part because of such endeavors, Chelmsford was designated a Heart Safe Community by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The police department is also the training and educational resource for early defibrillation in Chelmsford. Chief Raymond G. McCusker chose the AED Plus for its ease of use and value. "When compared to similar devices, the AED Plus offered the best bang for the buck," he said.

This AED is designed for first responders. Its one-piece preconnected electrode includes a hand-placement locator that accurately measures CPR chest compressions, allowing real-time feedback on proper rate and depth. Audio feedback tells a rescuer, "Press harder," or "Good compressions."

"The beauty of having these devices in cruisers means that an officer with the AED Plus is more likely to be first on the scene," said McCusker. "Having an AED available sooner means there is a greater possibility of saving a life."

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Sheriff's Department in Utah Uses New Training Simulator
VirTra Systems Inc. announces the installation of an IVR HD-180 advanced training simulator for the Washington County, Utah, Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's Department in Utah Uses New Training Simulator
The IVR HD-180 is designed to be the cornerstone of progressive force-option and marksmanship education initiatives available to both Washington County's and nearby law enforcement agencies' firearms training programs.

"Our new IVR simulator positions Washington County as the region's firearms training leader," said Deputy Ryan Larkin, Washington County's technology supervisor. "VirTra Systems' simulators, with their lifelike field-of-view and marksmanship module, better prepare our deputies for appropriate use-of-force and situational awareness while on patrol. This directly translates into greater safety and security for our citizenry."

The installation features VirTra Systems' patent-pending Threat-Fire Belt and tetherless training weaponry, as well as new high-definition law enforcement training scenarios.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 7, July 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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