Officer Hotlist Recap: Third Week of April

Without a constant feed of newsletters and diligent tradeshow attendance, it can be a challenge to keep up with the law enforcement industry. New products are announced almost every day. Equipment are under constant review. Departments and Sheriff Offices around the country vet and select solutions worthy of their budget.

The Officer Hotlist Recap reviews the past week with a shortlist of the latest articles, announcements and updates on (Wednesday, April 16 to Tuesday the 22nd).

Articles, Reviews & Insights

No Joke: How 5:11's Tactical Duty Kilt Was Born
Two years ago, an idea for an April Fools' Day joke by the folks at 5:11 Tactical snowballed into a unique product in the marketplace that only continues to gain momentum.
CEO Tom Davin was approached by lead designer Cory Nykoluk in early 2012 with the concept for the prank involving a phony product launch centered on a kilt. From there, they developed a prototype, coined the phrase "Tactical Duty Kilt" and had their team shoot a short product video.
"When I saw the video I said 'Are you kidding me? This is one of the best product launch videos we've ever done,' " Davin told "The risk was that people would take it seriously and think that we had the product."
Podcast: Officer Newscast: Tactical Duty Kilt
Video: 5.11's Tactical Duty Kilt: Kilt Off
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Dave George, a Wireless World “Top 100 Wireless Technology Expert” for 2014, forecasts how emerging trends will shape public safety communications & products

  1. LTE Expansion Will Increase Bluetooth Demand
  2. “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” Will Encourage Customer-Centric Products & Compatibility
  3. After-Market Products Will Promote Customization & Stimulate Price-Reductions

The Future Of Communication: 3 Emerging Trends In Communication Technologies
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National gun crime report exposes the reality of illegal gunfire in America
SST the maker of ShotSpotter (gunfire detection technology) released the first comprehensive nationwide index of gunshot activity in urban U.S. cities. Some very interesting findings and gunshot trends were tracked in the report including:

  • Unlawful gunshot activity is grossly underreported to 9-1-1 (five incidents per one phone call)
  • Seasonal shooting periods, June – August have highest percentage of incidents
  • New Years Eve/Day and Fourth of July busiest shooting days of the year
  • Number of homicides is substantially less than number of shots fired
  • More than 8 bullets discharged per day every day throughout the year

ShotSpotter Study: Gunshots Underreported To Cops
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Purchases & Announcements

Range Systems Giveaway at NRA Annual Convention
Stopping by the Range Systems booth during the NRA convention (April 25 to 27) will give an opportunity to win a number of prizes including Commander Knives and SureFire Tactical Flashlights and check out their new Dura-Steel targets.
More from Range Systems

Have an outdated PDF-417 Scanner? Go green and get some green.
Trade in your old scanner and receive $49.10 off a new 4910LR purchase! This offer is good from 4/21/14 to 5/31/14. 
More from L-Tron

Electric bikes get tested at Boston Marathon
Department of Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson headed to Boston to get a first-hand look at new increased security measures like more cameras, more officers and a new mode of transportation.
Video: Boston Police to Show Off Electric Bikes at Marathon

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once, but allegedly twice, that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — aren't foolproof.
Alleged Calif. Serial Killings Highlight GPS Limits
Source: Don Thompson, Associated Press

Liberty Ammunition launches fundraising campaign to benefit American Association of State Troopers, Inc. (AAST)
One dollar of every box of Liberty Ammunition sold from their online store between April 16th and May 16th, 2014 will be donated to AAST
More from Liberty Ammunition

New Product Launches & Updates

Hear a new sound in emergency response
Code 3, Inc. introduces a revolutionary new amplifier system that significantly changes how warning sounds are utilized in emergency response. The Banshee amplifier system offers a selection of tones, features, and options that have never been available in one siren amp system before: (3) low frequency tones, multiple dual tones and the truest sounding electronic air horn on the market.
Banshee Amplifier System
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Battery powered jaws of life
Hurst Jaws of Life unveiled this month at FDIC the next generation of eDRAULIC battery-powered rescue tools – eDRAULIC 2.0. The new eDRAULIC 2.0 rescue tool line introduced at the show features two cutters, two spreaders and two combination tools. 
eDRAULIC 2.0 Battery-Powered Rescue Tool
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Center Mass laser on 2 Mossbergs
LaserLyte proudly announced that the LaserLyte Center Mass Laser will be featured on two best-selling Mossberg shotguns: the Mossberg 500 Persuader and the 500 Cruiser Tactical Tri-Rail Center Mass Laser Shotguns. 
Center Mass Laser - Mossberg Tactical Shotguns (500 Persuader, 500 Cruiser)
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Mocean's new Long Rider Bike Short is technically designed, is functional and looks professional.
The technically designed short is functional and looks professional having ½" elastic back with double snap waist; Floating belt loops for duty belt comfort; Two anatomically designed cargo pockets w/multiple pen ports and gussets.
Introducing Mocean's New 10" Long Rider Bike Short Designed for Utility and Comfort
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LocatePLUS Introduces Expanded Access to Real Time Investigative Data and Intelligence through Accessing the Most Reliable and Accurate Databases Available
LocatePLUS is connected to several different investigative databases, which access a wide range of information that include public sources, department of corrections, arrest logs, county records, administrative office of courts and more. Complimentary VIP training and customer support are included with every subscription to guarantee a successful user experience.
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New Device Connects Up to Five Devices to the Iridium Satellite Network and Allows You to Use Your Smart Phone to Make and Receive Calls and Send and Receive Data
GlobaFone to Offer the Iridium GO! Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot
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