Law enforcement professionals rely on their senses to assess a scene and determine what actions must be taken to maintain safety for themselves and the public. Sight is especially critical for scanning surroundings, searching for evidence, observing suspects and watching the streets on patrol. Under less-optimal visual conditions like night, dusk, dawn or darkened buildings, it’s hard to confront what can’t be detected in the light of day. That’s why flashlights and other lighting gear have become invaluable tools for law enforcement. Still, not every illuminating device is fit for service. See how manufacturers are incorporating greater operability, reliability and durability into the latest lighting technology.
PowerTac USA Patrol-LE10X
/ Powered to Perform
Illuminating a scene, large or small, shouldn’t require multiple light sources. Thanks to the Patrol-LE10X from PowerTac USA, you can brighten things up with a wide-pattern flood-shaped beam that covers more than 400 meters. Users can count on long runtimes, more than 55 hours at the low of 155 lumens and more than six hours with strobe or SOS modes. Even at the highest brightness, 4,200 lumens, you’ll squeeze out nearly four hours of use. Recharge via a wall or 12-volt vehicle charging station. MSRP $229.95.
Streamlight TLR-VIR II Tactical Illuminator
/ Triple Threat
The Streamlight TLR-VIR II Tactical Illuminator combines three functions into one compact rail-mounted attachment for M17/M18 pistols or long guns. The first function produces a high-intensity white LED beam that burns at 5,000 candela and 300 lumens. The second, an integrated infrared illuminator, partners with the third, a Class 1 “Eye Safe” IR aiming laser, for precision shooting in low visibility. The infrared illumination is generated by an 850-nanometer LED emitter with 600 mW/sr radiant intensity. The laser technology includes adjustment controls for windage and elevation. Don’t worry about the powerful attachment throwing off aim by adding significant weight: It tips the scales at less than four ounces. MSRP $600.
MF Tactical Delta Series XP-LHD LED
/ Updated & Upgraded
MF Tactical has incorporated numerous improvements into its redesigned tactical Delta Series XP-LHD LED flashlight. It measures less than six inches long (10% smaller) and less than six ounces (12% lighter), but housed within this petite profile is the power to run four distinctive modes, including strobe with memory capabilities and a stronger high beam (20% brighter). Its exterior consists of military-spec level III anodized aluminum, extra-thick, hardened mineral glass lens and a deep diamond, anti-slip knurling pattern handle that includes a magnetic base for hands-free use. MSRP $89.99.
1TAC TC1200 PRO
/ From Low to High
Officers will appreciate the utilitarian nature of the TC1200 PRO from 1TAC. Go from a high beam that shines upwards of two miles to low mode for a comfortable projection in close quarters with a few clicks of the recessed single-hand tail switch. Other modes include medium beam, strobe and SOS flashing. This tactical model also boasts a magnetic base and built-in utility clip for operation without impeding movement or demanding extra attention. An aircraft-grade aluminum casing offers protection against drops, impacts and corrosion. MSRP $96.
FLIR Scion Professional Thermal Monocular
/ Eyeing the Heat
Designers at FLIR Systems Inc. loaded the Scion Professional Thermal Monocular with a laundry list of features intended to enhance performance for public safety professionals. Most importantly, the FLIR Boson thermal core clearly captures images in low visibility. Additional components allow operators to zoom in on subjects incrementally and as a picture-in-picture option. Two gigabytes of internal memory plus microSD card accessibility store recordings of geotagged video and still images. Pair the monocular with FLIR’s truWITNESS technology for real-time encryption to protect digital files. MSRP $3,295.
/ Fast Focus
Standard torches are great under standard circumstances, but demands on law enforcement don’t conveniently fit into standard parameters. There’s always the potential for the unexpected, and your light should respond accordingly. Maglite’s ML150LR rechargeable flashlight system is all about quick reactions. The QuickFocus and QuickClick features enable users to switch modes with minimal effort. Plus, a customizable interface encourages users to set preferred functions that speed up response times even more. Charge time is pretty quick, too, clocking in at less than three hours. Runtime is the only characteristic that purposefully slows down; operation lasts three hours on high and 79 hours on eco mode. MSRP $120.