Products of the year

This is our fifth year convening to celebrate the original, innovative, smart products that the companies serving this industry produce to make law  enforcers’ — Law Enforcement Technology readers— duties easier, and officers' time on the...


5.11 Tactical Series, ThumbDrive Holster

The judges called the ThumbDrive Holster "slick." One judge mentioned the agency had three guys shoot themselves in the thigh from the holster, which made the thumb-activated safety that secures the weapon in the holster an essential benefit. Ease of use, cost effective and the quality of the 5.11 product were pointed out by the judges.

FORENSICS

SanDisk, SD WORM (Write Once Read Many)

The tamperproof memory card was called "functional simplicity" by the judging panel. The judges added that the memory card provides a "very simple, very good idea" for court-admissible evidence.

SOFTWARE

VeriPic, Digital Photolab Version 5.2

The judges felt this product could represent a move toward changes in individual agencies' digital evidence system. Judges say its "independent" and "unalterable" characteristics are vital for this area of the profession.

SUREVEILLANCE

BriefCam, BriefCam VS Forensics

The judges remarked that this product is "amazing."

"There's nothing worse than watching hours of CCTV tapes," one judge stated. "Just capturing that much footage and being able to pick out the info you want," is an innovative feature. Compared to the cost that two tape reviewers for just an hour, the software was also considered cost effective by the panel.

TACTICAL

Dolmen, The TRAC

One judge commented, "It's a Bobcat for cops!" while another added, "Right—a ballistic Bobcat." The judges said this company had an interesting vision with this product, and the TRAC's ability to deliver personnel safely and the ability to train on this vehicle instead of subcontracting or another solution "kind of blew my doors off."

TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

DataFetch USA, Scan & See License Scanner

The scanner saves the patrolman a walk back to the car to know if the license is good. "The fact you can do it from the [subject's] car speeds up the decision train," one judge said, which ultimately improves officer safety on traffic stops as well as efficiency.

TRAINING

IES, Immersive 3D Training Scenarios

The experienced judge panel say the IES scenarios are an improvement on older similar systems. A judges said "the fact that you can see the accuracy of the shots" is another key benefit for this types of immersive 3D training scenarios."

UNIFORMS & APPAREL

5.11 Tactical, Patrol Duty Uniform (PDU)

The combination of cost-effectiveness and maintainability of the PDU were the big perks of this innovative uniform. The safety the uniform provides by keeping an officer's mind on the situation at hand and its multitude of cargo and customizable characteristics for equipment and individual sizes enhance uniform performance.

VEHICLES & VEHICLE ACCESSORIES

Gamber-Johnson, Energizer eCoupled Flashlight Charging Mount

The wireless energy transfer technology is another tribute to the judges' appreciation for simple tech solutions that applies across the law enforcement disciplines, making this accessory significant to the panel.

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