Watertown, Connecticut-based Shelter Logic has been a leader in portable, fabric-covered shelters, manufacturing items from 8-foot by 8-foot canopies to 72-foot by 120-foot heavy-duty structures. Recognizing the popularity of its shelters with the public safety community, the company now offers its 10-foot by 10-foot and 10-foot by 15-foot pop-up shelters with colored finishes and marked for identification. Available in green with yellow-gold print for sheriff's offices, black with white print for SWAT teams and police departments, red with white print for the fire service, and blue with white for EMS, these canopies improve efficiency at a scene, especially a multi-agency response, by providing visual identity to the tents that spring up to provide work sites for various responders.
Shelter Logic also has portable K-9 kennels. These units consist of preformed chain link enclosures combined with a sized-to-fit overhead shelter. They are ideal for training and trials, and for staging of dogs awaiting assignment at major manhunts, crime scene searches, VIP sweeps, etc. Sun and weather protected, open air for ventilation, and easily set up and broken down, these shelters give K-9 units a valuable option for field operations.
Forensic lighting tools
Lighting is such an important tool to everyone in law enforcement. Whether one is an officer conducting a building check or traffic stop, or an investigator processing a crime scene, a convenient and versatile light is mandatory.
First Light USA of Seymour, Illinois, introduces the Liberator as a tool to enhance officer safety, providing an ergonomic, almost hands-free, device that compliments the officer doing the nuts and bolts of police work. The Liberator, however, is capable of more.
This L-shaped unit straps to the hand and becomes part of it. It uses a 3-watt Luxeon LED to provide powerful illumination, yet allows the user to select one of three lighting levels, depending on the needs of the scene.
Constructed of aerospace-grade aluminum and carbon-filled polymer, it is both strong and easily cleaned, its sealed construction maintaining water resistance to a depth of 6 feet.
The LED housing swivel permits accurate aim when attached to the hand and set on a surface and pointed at a work point.
For the CSI, the Liberator may be strapped to the hand and light is always focused where the hand is. Dust for prints, sample stains, whatever activity, and light is there. Users can take it off, set it on a surface, aim it at the work place, and light is again available, focused on a single point.
A bomb technician, enveloped in a bomb suit, has light beyond that of the integral helmet light, light which is aimed where the need is, not where the helmet permits it to shine. Yet it does not tie up the tech's hands, force the tech to exchange tool for light, or to manipulate a light on an available surface, while conducting time-sensitive, hands-on operations.
As unusual as it appears, the Liberator brings technical investigators a remarkable new tool to enhance their capabilities, efficiency and safety.
Shielding the eyes
In the 20+ years since blood borne pathogen protection became a recognized necessity for crime scene investigations, various equipment has emerged. In most cases, hand, respiratory and eye protection provides adequate defense. Usually, eye protection consists of goggles or spectacles. SAM LSI of Newport, Oregon, introduces the MEDShield — eye protection which is easily stored, easily used and very effective.
A MEDShield is a thin plastic shield with adhesive tabs on the edges. To use, the user simply removes the shield from its packaging, takes off the protective sheets, folds the two wings, and adheres the shield to his temples to protect his eyes. The shields work with most normal eye wear as well as with disposable and half-face respirators. And because they are disposable, the shields eliminate the need for the user to decontaminate them later.
Marking, signaling and area lighting
Chemical light sticks are a popular tool for marking, signaling and area lighting. Their useful life is limited to about 12 hours, at which time they need to be replaced with a new stick and disposed of. Kriana of Prescott, Arizona, has introduced the Krill Electroluminescent Lightstick as an alternative to expendable chemical light sticks.
The Krill Lightstick uses electroluminescent panels, powered by AA or AAA batteries. When not in use, it may be switched off, saving its power for a later use. Depending on model and color, a Krill Lightstick will provide from 50 to 120 hours of light output. When the light output diminishes, replace the batteries.
The Krill Lightstick is available in green, blue, white, yellow, orange, red and infrared. Additionally, strobe models are available in the same variety of colors for attention-grabbing effect when needed.