My brother moved into a house in Waco, TX that was previously owned by a cop. He still gets some of the guy’s magazines in the mail… one of them, “Law Officer” is most heinous… my brother subscribed me to it and I started getting them in the mail this week. Good thing he subscribed me as “Rusty Shackleford” instead of my real name. This magazine is free for cops, so… I guess Rusty Shackleford is a cop. You can become a cop and subscribe at this link.
I just sat down to go through this magazine, but I didn’t make it very far before the advertisements started piquing my attention. There is a LOT of high tech gear that is being peddled within the pages of Law Officer… some of it I’m jealous that I don’t have access to. Who wouldn’t want a hand held FLIR device for seeing in the dark? Only $5000. Or, you can grab yourself dashmounted computer with built in 802.11n wireless connectivity, “touch screen controls like an iPhone,” and “License plate auto zoom.” That one’s a bit more affordable at only $3000. With such advanced equipment coming in at such a “low” price, don’t be surprised if your local bad boys are already sporting some of this gear…
And then I started to notice a trend… its not just cool gadgets and gizmos… its mobile assault vehicles like the one’s offered from Lenco and Patriot3. I couldn’t find any prices on these things, but I found a youtube video showing off one of the Lenco Bearcats… it is a menacing looking truck… and my local police department has one. Why do they need one? I dunno, maybe because they had a bunch of money they “acquired” either through direct theft of the population of my town through civil asset forfeiture laws, semi-direct theft through local property and sales taxes, or indirect theft through federal grants… it doesn’t matter, they still have one… and I’m sure they want to use it whenever they can. Take a look at this thing:
I looked around for some video on the products that Patriot3 sells, but all I could come up with this Frogman/Ironman getup that made me actually laugh out loud:
Ok, I’m done having fun with youtube…. but check out these other ads I scanned directly from the magazine:
This is a license plate scanning device used by pirates to catch more “criminals” than they would normally be able to catch. Lucky for us here in AZ, they are using these and the statistics in this advertisement are all about Arizona.
Segway? No comment.
This lovely device is used to scan license plates in parking lots. LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE CRIMINALS! With ads like this, no wonder the cops see everyone as a threat.
This is the Lenco SWAT truck I was talking about earlier. Anyone who rides in one of these is INSTANTLY a hero, and must act accordingly.
OK, I lied, I’m gonna show some more youtube videos… I can’t NOT do this when there is an ad for a Segway :)