Products For The Investigator's Taste

More than just firearms and sports equipment, SHOT Show 2006 offered a smorgasbord of items for the technical investigator

As with any light stick, the Krill is a great tool to replace flares at roadsides, mark evidence at crime scenes, establish landing zones, designate access paths, and more. Factor in, over its lifetime, its value as opposed to disposable chemical light sticks, and it becomes an economical and excellent tool to pack into the response vehicle.

Metal detection at the scene
Garrett Metal Detectors continues to recognize the needs of investigators with the introduction of the CSI 250 metal detector. Where many detectors offered to the law enforcement market are merely hobbyist units, the Garland, Texas, company offers units designed to address the CSI's needs.

The company's latest offering, the CSI 250, is immediately identifiable — it is bright yellow instead of the signature green of other Garrett units. Discrimination controls allow a user to trim the search to specific types of metal, or conduct a non-discrimination or all-metal search. A graphic target ID indicates common crime scene targets. A scale indicates target depth.

Battery condition is shown on the display, allowing an investigator to keep strong batteries installed. The unit includes a submersible 6.5-inch by 9-inch elliptical search coil, designed to increase the area covered per sweep over a circular coil. The detector comes with headphones, an important accessory not often included with other units.

Garrett continues to recognize the needs of law enforcement with the introduction of the CSI 250. Industry specific with advanced features, yet economical, this is an excellent metal detector for investigations.

Volatile evidence collection
Volatile evidence — explosives, flammable liquids, solvents, chemicals — requires storage in impermeable containers. Most often, this will be new, unused paint cans. Nylon bags have been available for some time, these bags being impermeable to vapors. However, most require heat sealing — both an inconvenience and, potentially, a safety hazard.

Watchful Eye Designs LLC of Park City, Utah, introduces the O.P.Sak, a "zip top" bag constructed of a barrier film made with nylon, polyethylene and edoh. The O.P.Sak has been tested by the National Association of Scuba Diving Schools, and found to maintain its seal to depths in excess of 60 meters. It also received high marks in testing by the U.S. Navy Experimental Diving Unit, establishing that, until aggressive force was used directly against the zip top, it maintained its seal.

The O.P.Sak is available as a stock item in 9-inch by 10-inch, 12.5-inch by 20-inch, and 28-inch by 20-inch sizes. Watchful Eye can also provide custom-sized bags.

The O.P.Sak improves upon existing material by adding a convenient, practical and secure sealing method to the nylon based bag. Zip it shut, apply evidence sealing tape, and it is ready to store. No impulse heat sealer, no flammability hazard. Just secure storage for volatiles.

Emergency medical kit
No matter what one's assignment, emergency medical treatment may be needed. While the patrol car may have a well-equipped first aid kit, most common pocket first aid kits contain a couple of Band-Aids, two aspirins, and a small container of antibiotic ointment — hardly the tools to save a life when there is extreme trauma.

Tactical Medical Packs of Pleasantville, New York, introduces the Tac-Pak, a 5-inch by 8.5-inch, vacuum-packed, hermetically sealed foil pouch containing gloves, mask, 5-inch by 9-inch abdominal pad, 4-inch by 3-inch gauze pad, a transparent dressing, 4.1 yards of 4-inch roll bandage, and both 1- and 2-inch tape. Carry it in a BDU pocket, a suit jacket pocket, a purse, or a pocket on a tactical vest — it will provide the tools needed to stop massive blood loss in the first, critical minutes of an emergency.

Short fusees alternative
Fusees are found in most American police cars, being used to mark traffic lanes, flag traffic, establish landing zones, and other uses. But fusees have limitations — relatively short burn times, flammable hazards, color limited to red. Electronic flares have been introduced to address these shortcomings, and add more versatility for emergency signaling.

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