04/07/11 69 W, 1 I - + 2 - 2 Radar Gun

Speaking of the boys in blue, here's a radar gun in action on a busy city street. For extra credit, where's this? Something else that occurs to Mr. Blogger. Do motorcycle cops wear safety vests? Certainly not while working in "stealth mode." Imagine if their cycles had designs like these British versions. It'd be back to hiding behind billboards with those! Click to enlarge:

nice bike.
charlie - 04/07/11 - 13:08

Not to be picky but just to clarify something:

This is LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) which uses a laser to measure time/distance. It is much more accurate (in terms of beam spread at distance, not in speed) for clocking cars at greater distances. Think of it as a laser (because it more or less is) in that even great distances away the “dot” doesn’t get much bigger. This means the officer knows for sure based on the holographic site on top of the unit which specific car he is clocking.

RADAR (RAdio Detection And Ranging) uses radio waves to measure time/distance. This radio wave is more like a flashlight in that the further away you get, the wider the beam. A RADAR wave spreads a lot over a short distance so you have to rely on your training to be able to interpret what sounds and readings you’re getting back from the unit and what you’re seeing with your eyes (like picking out the speeder in a pack of cars).

Anyway, thanks for showing some love for the boys in blue.
RPD - 04/07/11 - 15:40

Learning something today! Thanks for your note…
Legeros - 04/07/11 - 15:43

Looks like the one working Hillsborough and Glenwood yesterday….
DJ - 04/07/11 - 15:56

LIDAR is stationary use, while RADAR can be used moving or stationary. Some LIDAR can also be used to Survey at a Traffic accidents.
Kustom Signals - 04/07/11 - 19:44

RPD, did you guys switch to full-face helmets or is there an option on style of helmet?
HD Rider - 04/07/11 - 21:54

Full face helmets now. They are also getting real uniform motorcycle pants and jackets so that in the unfortunate event of a crash, they will actually be protected now instead of wearing the typical police uniform that has zero protection qualities.
RPD - 04/08/11 - 02:48

And to answer a previous question, no, they don’t wear reflective vests while on the motorcycle.

Ditto on the thanks for documenting some police action. We (police) don’t do that anywhere near as much as we should.
rfburns - 04/08/11 - 21:09

the link to the British versions of bikes…are those Wake EMS motorcycles?
Batten Burg - 04/09/11 - 09:30

I can only dream…..
CH100 - 04/09/11 - 21:13

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