Officer Hotlist Recap: First and Second Weeks of May

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 30 to Tuesday, May 14th).

Articles, Reviews & Insights

I wore the camera for about thirty (30) shifts, in both uniform and plain clothes, and on a number of weekend hikes to capture the scenery as well (and to see if the mass of budding foliage/pollen in spring time messed up the video at all).  I had no issues with the camera.  Because of its light weight (less than three ounces as listed above) it wasn’t noticeable as I wore it.
"VIEVU LE3 Body Worn Camera Review"
By Frank Borelli, Editorial Director
More on the LE3 from VIEVU

Last week, the Supreme Court considered warrantless mobile device search and seizure in two cases: U.S. v. Wurie (13-212) and Riley v. California (13-132). While the justices have numerous issues to decide, at heart is the right of privacy from government intrusion, vs. the need for government access to private information to protect public safety.
"Breadth of Cell Phone Searches"
By Christa M. Miller

Pistol stoppages on the range are a common occurrence, and happen when the shooter causes the pistol to stop operating in the manner for which it was designed. The shooter causes the stoppage by failing to properly operate the firearm. Stoppages differ from malfunctions, which are described as the weapon or one of its components breaking.
"Pistol Stoppages & Their Causes"
By John Wills

Mobile device examinations have evolved greatly over the years, from the simple "commando" style (manually examining a cell phone to obtain data) to modern ways of raw data extraction (physically removing the device flash memory chip).
How Far We’ve Come
By Lee Reiber, Vice President of Mobile Forensic Solutions at Access Data
More from Access Data

“There are just not enough hours in the day!”
How many times have you heard these emphatic words from hard-working public safety officials and perhaps you’ve expressed them or thought of this phrase yourself while documenting an incident report or other types of paperwork.
"Process & Systems Improvement: A Trojan Horse?"
By RAD DeRose, President & CEO of L-Tron Corp.
More from L-Tron Corp.

Study: The majority of Californians agree that license plate reader (LPR) technology helps law enforcement solve crimes and any restrictions on who can photograph license plates would be unacceptable, according to a new poll conducted by Zogby Analytics and commissioned by Vigilant Solutions.
"Californians Overwhelmingly Support Use of License Plate Readers and Their Ability to Solve Crimes, New Survey Finds"
from Vigilant Solutions

Polymer in firearms production is no new news to anyone, yet the methods of manufacturing polymer gun parts has not changed in over twenty years. That is until a young, veteran-owned American company took a now popular concept and material and turned everything about polymer gun parts on its head. 
"Vision Driven, Mission Specific, Results Proven: The New World of Polymer in Firearms Production
More from American Built Arms Co.

Purchases, Announcements & News

iCOMBAT, manufacturers of the latest technology in projectile-less training weapons, has recently supplied the Urban Shield training event with equipment for several exercises. This Urban Shield event took place in Boston on May 3rd and featured over 2,000 emergency responders including police, SWAT, EMT, fire, and hospital staff.
"iCOMBAT Tactical Participates In Urban Shield Police Training Event"
More from iCOMBAT

Long Island police departments are facing a shortage in federal funding for bulletproof vests, just as demand for the lifesaving piece of equipment surges due to the number of illegal guns on the streets, authorities said.  
"The Fight Over Funding for Bulletproof Vests"
By Kevin Deutsch, Newsday, McClatch-Tribune News Service

Frank Brownell, Chairman of the Board of Brownells, was recognized by the National Rifle Association with the Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award on Friday, April 25, 2014, at a special breakfast during the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award is presented by NRA Publications, and recognizes unique, long-tenured individuals who have made a significant impact on the firearms and hunting communities by introducing new and innovative products and solutions. 
"Frank Brownell Receives Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award from NRA Publications"
More from Brownells Law Enforcement

American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN), makers of military, law enforcement, security and outdoor night vision, thermal and smart HD optics applications, are proud to announce a new product warranty program specifically for the ThOR thermal imaging weapon sight systems purchased after January 1, 2014. 
"American Technologies Network Corp. (ATN) Announces New 3-Year Product/10-Year Sensor Warranty on all ThOR Thermal Weapon Scopes"
More from American Technologies Network (ATN) Corp.

Modesto police are crediting Facebook with helping them track a man suspected of kidnapping two girls and taking them to a motel room in Sparks, Nev. 
Calif. Police Use Facebook to Track Suspect 
By Patty Guerra, The Modesto Bee, McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, recently completed delivery of ?BearCat armored vehicles to the Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee (NCTC), a national body comprised of representatives from the government of the Commonwealth, States and Territories. 
"Lenco Industries Supplies BearCat Armored Vehicles to Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee"
More from Lenco Armored Vehicles

The Harris County district attorney's office in Houston calls the shooting simulator — which experts believe is only being used in Texas — an educational tool that helps grand jurors better understand what someone sees when confronted by a threat. 
Police Shooting Simulator Used by Texas Grand Juries Stirs Debate
By Juan A Lozano, The Associated Press

The Milledgeville Police Department announced that it has deployed Ping4 Inc.’s mobile communications solution, ping4alerts!, to instantly notify citizens of public safety concerns.
“We are pleased to be among the first public safety agencies in the country to offer this important and meaningful smartphone application for the safety and protection of our community,” said Chief Dray Swicord, Milledgeville Police Department.
"Milledgeville Police Department Deploys Ping4 Inc.’s Advanced Alerting Platform"
More from PING4

To assist Americans with showing their appreciation for these K-9 heroes, PetArmor has declared the week of April 28, 2014, as "National Thank a Police Dog Week."
"PetArmor Encourages Americans to Honor K-9 Officers During 'National Thank a Police Dog Week'"
More from PetArmor

New Product Launches & Updates

Maxpedition proudly introduces the new UNTERDUFFEL ADVENTURE BAG, a flexible duffel designed to fit under most airline seats.
Overall size: 13"(L) x 9"(W) x 20"(H)
More on the Unterduffel Bag from Maxpedition

2d3 Incorporated (?dba 2d3 Sensing), an agile commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology provider specializing in the improvement, processing, exploitation, and dissemination of motion imagery and metadata, launched a new version of Reticle Georegistration, a dynamic tool within 2d3 Sensing’s enterprise full motion video software suite that extracts actionable intelligence from imagery captured by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
2d3 Sensing Launches Next Gen Technology that Brings New Precision to Real-World Missions with a Phase II "‘Reticle’ Georegistration Release"
More from 2d3 Sensing

The DropCam Tx-II/Mini MobilCMDR Video Camera/Transmitter and Receiver Kit is a rapid-deployment video/audio solution that includes the DropCam Tx-II Transmitter with integrated camera and microphone, along with IMT's Mini MobilCMDR receiver/monitor.
More from Integrated Microwave Technologies LLC

American Classic II 1911
The American Classic II is a single-action, 1911 style pistol available in both .45 ACP and 9mm. Constructed of 4140 alloy steel, it is tougher than conventional carbon steels and more resistant to corrosion.
More on the American Classic II 1911 from Eagle Imports Inc.

Getac F110 Tablet Computer Docking Station
Gamber-Johnson, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of rugged docking stations and vehicle mounting, announces a new TabCruzer vehicle docking station designed for the Getac F110 11.6 inch Windows tablet computer.
More on the Getac Docking Station from Gamber-Johnson

NEW LIDAR XLR School Zone / Construction Zone Mode
Stalker’s LIDAR XLR’s School Zone / Construction Zone mode is ideal when pedestrian safety is threatened by excessive speed or inattentive motorists. An officer can quickly and easily use the XLR to set the boundaries of an enforcement zone where a speed reduction is mandatory.
More on the new LIDAR mode from Stalker Radar

BACS System for Airport Asset Management
BACS Asset Management System for the Airline Industry.
More on the BACS System for the airline industry from LEID Products

World's Highest Definition IRST
HGH Infrared Systems, a global provider of 360 degree thermal imaging systems, is proud to announce the debut of the SPYNEL-X, the world’s highest definition IRST. The SPYNEL-X captures in real time, full panoramic images with an unequaled resolution of up to 120 Mpix.
More on the debut from HGH Infrared Systems

SW1800 Series Covert Camera
To catch a thief or other criminal activity, Sperry West introduces a new covert camera.  The SW1800 series looks like an air purifier fan.
More on the SW1800 Series from Sperry West