From the Police side: I get e-mails everyday from police supply companies. Since I started working as a cop in 1979, I have seen a lot of police gear come and go. Some of it is still around and works very well, some of it was crap. I remember when I was sent to some police class in the regional training center, all the cops would pull out whatever pistols we were packing and show them off. "Lookey here, I have the new compact, jumbo, maximizer, auto-feeding sub-prime, bla bla bla .45." and everyone would go "wow."
Then in the 1990's it was cops showing up with the newest Lap top, PDA or multi use cell phone. The sad part was, most of the time, the cop had something that he or she had no idea how to use, but it looked impressive.
Some of the cooler police departments would buy their offices almost anything if it looked good.
Which brings us up to today's item. I just got an e-mail from one of my favorite police suppliers and when I looked at what they were trying to sell, I laughed. It's a new device for helping an officer climb over a fence/ gate. One of the requirements to get into the police academy is you have to be able to scale a 6 foot wall.
However, after most cops around here get hired on, the only PT they do is lifting donuts to their face. When they're confronted with a real life 6 foot wall, they call for the rookie on probation to come over and climb it (that happened to me many times in my first years.)
Now, the latest invention fixes that....I call it the "overeating donut fence climbing tool."
Check it out on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL6JI4vph0Q
I'm not even going to ask how much this shit cost. If you buy anything made for Law Enforcement, the price goes to double what you'd charge a carpenter or anyone else. When you buy Caution tape for construction work it's half the price of the same stuff that says: "Police Line Do Not Cross"....which everyone crosses anyway. I think maybe we'd better off using Construction tape.