IACP 2011

This year the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)…

This year the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) returned to where it all began in 1893, when the very first meeting was held during the Columbian Exhibition, more popularly known as the Chicago World’s Fair. A gathering of 51 police chiefs from around the nation met to discuss the challenges they faced in an ever-changing world, and the National Chiefs of Police Union was first organized in Chicago 118 years ago. Today it is the IACP, and the annual meeting is a World’s Fair unto it’s own for international law enforcement, a show unlike any other.


At the IACP Conference, everything from guidelines for improved training techniques to new protective clothing, electronic surveillance equipment, field communications, and technology for interdepartmental operations can be found. Below you’ll find some of the great finds we saw at this show this year. And make sure to keep an eye out for the Feburary 2012 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement magazine for even more thorough coverage of the event!

5.11 Always Ready Knife
The 5.11 Always Ready Knife (ARK) is a 440 stainless carbon-steel blade with a black oxide coat. Available with a modified Tanto with recurve blade or combo edge blade, the grip has G10 scales for a solid hold even with wet or gloved hands and jimping (ridges) on the top, bottom and heal for added grasp.
A four-position belt clip is reversible end to end and for left- or right-handed users. An ambidextrous thumb stud makes opening quick with either hand. The knife also has a lanyard hole. Suggested retail is $69.95. (866-451-1726, 511tactical.com)

ATK Blackhawk Gear
ATK Blackhawk tactical gear is made for law enforcement and civilian use and features a variety of duty holsters and AR-platform accessories among its varied product lines.
Shown is a Blackhawk vertical grip and short locking rail panel, Omega tactical vest (which is an over vest compartmentalized for different combinations and mission uses), Blackhawk tactical gloves, and adjustable injection-molded SERPA II duty holster mounted on a SERPA thigh rig. (800-694-5263, blackhawk.com)

Colt CM901
The latest tactical model from Colt is the CM901, which offers a quick 7.62mm to 5.56mm conversion using a multi-caliber lower receiver. After removing the pins, the upper receiver is removed just like on any AR-platform design and replaced with one of four different uppers in 5.56mm or 7.62mm caliber and with interchangeable barrel lengths.
This design allows only one serial number for the lower receiver with multiple options for caliber and barrel length, making this an ideal “mission-specific” rifle. The CM911 (CM for Colt Modularity) comes with a folding stock, folding front sight and Magtech rear sight. (800-962-2658, colt.com)

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