09.24.11 2: 42 A.M. Night Patrol, Newark Police Department, Newark, Delaware
Handcuffs The Newark Police Department made 2,277 arrests last year. When necessary, officers use carbon-steel handcuffs made by Peerless Handcuff Company in Springfield, Massachusetts, to keep suspects under control. Springfield police chief James Milton Gill founded Peerless in 1914, after purchasing the patent for a new “swing through” handcuff design. Now the indus- try standard, the design allows officers to slap cuffs on a sus- pect with one hand. Today, Gill’s great-grandson, Christopher Gill, runs the 25-employee company, which supplies cuffs to hundreds of police departments and military agencies worldwide.
Last year, the department’s dispatch center received
45,562 calls. To relay information to officers in the
field, dispatchers type relevant details, including
call location and suspect description, into a software
program made by New World Systems of Troy,
Michigan. Officers can access the information on
mobile computers mounted in patrol cars. President
Larry D. Leinweber founded New World Systems in
1981. The $100 million company has more than 400
employees and supplies software to public-sector
companies, government agencies, and public-safety
organizations across the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY KEVIN COOLEY REPORTED BY KASEY WEHRUM