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Thinking W ATV Patrol Options Suzi Huntington, Editor The slope of the Rhino front end made it difficult finding a stable shooting platform, and it was impossible to get a cheekweld while wearing a helmet. Remember, ATVs don’t provide cover, and they barely provide concealment. 34 evitanretlA The Yamaha Tactical Black Special Edition Grizzly & Rhino 700s. They started out clean and pristine … they looked even better after we played hard in the dirt and mud at Gunsite. Alternative gniknihT ith a modern police vehicle of any sort h i t t i n g a c i t y ’s budget for anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000, do ATV-type vehicles make sense for specialized functions? And, if your agency polices mostly urban areas, does it rule out these innovative vehicles for your use? Hardly. As a matter of fact, you might find more uses for them than you might imagine. I wanted to get some firsthand knowledge about modern off-road and ATV-type vehicles, so I attended a presentation by Yamaha, co-hosted by Ruger (the gun company) at Gunsite Academy in Arizona. During my own police career, I spent weeks on end patrolling on ATV Quads. They were stock consumer models with no features specifically designed for LE work. Engine sizes were only in the 250cc range, and the flimsy plastic bodies, terrible seats and “consumergrade” suspension meant a day in the saddle was long, tiring and sometimes frustrating. WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH2013

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