Officer Hotlist Recap: Third Week 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, May 15 to Tuesday, May 20).

Articles, Reviews & Insights

Review: The blade is 3.7” long and of clip point design.  There are no serrations on the straight edge and the blade is finished in Black Tini.  SOG also makes a Trident Elite with a satin finish blade should you prefer that.  Made from AUS-8 stainless steel, the blade has a Rockwell Hardness rating of RC 56-58 which is good for a utility/rescue blade (in my opinion) and is .12” thick. 
"SOG Knives Trident Elite Folder Review"
By Frank Borelli, Editorial Director

Blog: It is undeniable that technology will play a crucial role in the future of law enforcement, but what other tools are essential now? A significant number of 21st Century police officers live and work in his/her patrol car; as such, reliance on technology as well as other tools to accomplish tasks is a must. More importantly, tech, tools and other systems must be integrated/versatile, portable, and extremely rugged. We polled some of our friends in law enforcement and heard some similar “must-have” patrol car items. We compiled a short list of “toolkit” essentials to consider for your cruiser.
"The Patrol Car "Toolkit""
More from L-Tron Corp.

LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN) announced today that law enforcement officials recovered more than $121 million in stolen vehicles equipped with the LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System in 2013. LoJack’s fifth annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report and infographic reviews auto theft trends over the past year specific to vehicles equipped with the LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System.
More from LoJack

Purchases, Announcements & News

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"Register for Your Chance to Win a Monthly $1000 Gear Giveaway from the PSM (Public Safety Manufacturers) Group"
More from PSM Group, Public Safety Manufacturers

Combined Systems, Inc. (CSI) is pleased to announce their partnership with Team One Network to support future law enforcement training initiatives. ... Courses will include High Risk Raid & Search Warrant Operations, Hostage Rescue Operations, SWAT Operator, Tactical Entry Operations, Tactical Team Operations for Chem/Bio/Terrorist Response, Correctional Emergency Response Team Instructor, and Mechanical Breaching Instructor Certification.
"Combined Systems partners with Team One Network for officer survival training initiatives"
More from Combined Systems Inc.

This year’s LEIU Distinguished Service Award recipient is Vernon Kennan, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), in recognition of his sustained contribution to LEIU and a continuous effort to enhance the criminal intelligence profession.  The award was presented during the annual LEIU conference in Atlanta, GA.
"Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units, LexisNexis® Recognize Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director for Service Excellence"

Max Grattan has taken countless falls, been repeatedly shot and “blown up thousands of times.” The research technician at the 711th Human Performance Wing inside the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson was not hurt in any of these incidents. He was role-playing a 3-D avatar in virtual training simulations meant to mimic real-world scenarios Air Force imagery analysts might encounter peering thousands of feet down on the ground from cameras aboard a remotely piloted vehicle, or drone. Editor's Note: Although this is an Air Force story, the future training implications for law enforcement are obvious.
"Air Force Using Avatar Technology for Training"
By Barrie Barber, Dayton Daily News, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The Atlanta Police Department now fights crime smarter and faster .. bringing innovative technologies to the Department such as the Video Integration Center, a network of private and public cameras, and PredPol, policing software which predicts crime before it occurs.
"Violent Crime Down in Atlanta
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 2014 
More from PredPol

SceneDoc Inc., a company whose goal is to revolutionize the field of law enforcement and public safety through the use of secure mobile technology, announced today the implementation of their leading edge field documentation software, SceneDoc, at The Brentwood Police Department in Tennessee. 
"SceneDoc Celebrates Brentwood Police Department’s Mission to Reduce Costs"
More from SceneDoc

LoJack Corporation, a provider of vehicle theft recovery and advanced fleet management solutions, today announced the debut of its new video series, “LoDown with LoJack,” reviewing the knowledge and distinctive culture of the company’s Law Enforcement Liaison team.
"“LoDown with LoJack” Launched to Show the Close Connection Between LoJack, Law Enforcement and Vehicle Owners"
More from LoJack

Madison police are rolling out a new armored vehicle officials say will protect officers and the public in dangerous situations. But, they say, the vehicle doesn't mark a shift toward a more militarized style of policing. A number of law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin have taken advantage of a Department of Defense program giving away military vehicles left over from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Wisconsin Police Defend Purchase of Military Vehicle"
By Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Now, in a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s, four major wireless phone companies are providing the services to local governments that want it and have the capability to use it. Local governments in 16 states are using it, according to the Federal Communications Commission, and Vermont became the first to offer the technology statewide Monday. The four major providers — Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and AT&T — voluntarily committed to providing the service by May 15. The FCC has required all service providers to offer it by the end of the year.
"Major Cell Phone Carriers Set to Offer Text-to-911"
By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press

Businesses often weigh the advantages of renting versus buying vehicles. For six Columbus businesses and neighborhoods, it's a no-brainer to buy a police car for extended special-duty work. Instead of "renting" Columbus police cruisers for special-duty officers, the businesses have found that it's cheaper to buy the vehicles and have exclusive use of them under contract with the city for three or four years.
"Businesses Purchase Cruisers for Columbus Officers"
By Earl Rinehart, The Columbus Dispatch, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

SST, Inc.'s client base grew and coverage area increased by 20% in the first four months of 2014.To date in 2014, the company added ShotSpotter coverage in five new metro areas and expanded existing deployments of ShotSpotter in several other cities. A total of 45 square miles were added, representing an increase in total ShotSpotter active coverage from 222 square miles to 267 square miles in the U.S.
More form SST Inc.

A 60-position Zetron Advanced Communications (AcomEVO) system is equipping the new, Public Safety Center that opened in Monmouth County, New Jersey, April 29, 2014. The system is the first in the industry to utilize the P25 Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) with a P25 Phase II system. It is also the first non-Motorola console to integrate with Motorola’s ASTRO 25 Phase II network.
"Zetron’s 60-position System for Monmouth County, NJ, Is First to Use CSSI with P25 Phase II Network"
More from Zetron

Streamlight®, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights, announced that the company and several of its U.S. distribution partners recycled over 3,200 pounds of rechargeable batteries during the first quarter of 2014.
from Streamlight Inc.

Jotto Desk and Assembled Products Corporation was featured on FOX's Manufacturing Marvels, May 12 and 14th.
"Jotto Desk® and Assembled Products™ Corporation to be featured on FOX Business Network’s Manufacturing Marvels®"
More from Jotto Desk

New Product Launches & Updates

“Onsite testing is a great resource to detect drug abuse,” says Keith Graves, president of Graves & Associates. “And with the DrugCheck DAR-OS, using onsite testing in conjunction with skills learned through DAR training, law enforcement practitioners can now detect drug influence in addition to specific recent drug use.
"Express Diagnostics Launches Drug Abuse Recognition and Onsite Drug Screening System"
More from Express Diagnostics Int'l, Inc.

SE-3 Patroller - Three Wheel Personal Transportation Device
The SE-3 Patroller is a natural extension of Segway’sPatroller product line. It’s an ideal match for applications that require a larger vehicle, which can display a more visible and obvious security and community relations presence (even in a parked position without a rider aboard), or that require a rider to frequently mount and dismount the vehicle during a patrol.
More on the SE-3 from Segway

Armament Systems and Procedures (ASP), one of the most respected names in law enforcement products, is now shipping the innovative new LockWrite Pen.  This patented, fully funtional writing instrument is combined with a heat treated, ASP quality, handcuff key.
ASP Now Shipping LockWrite Pen Key

"As of March 1, violent crime was down 21% compared to the same period last year, and property crime was down 28%. Notably, Residential Burglaries are down 50% and Vehicle Theft has decreased by 34% ... These reductions can likely be attributed to several factors [including] regular updates about crime “hotspots”, known offenders, and crime trends through crime analysis bulletins, predictive policing updates, and COMPSTAT meetings." - Chief Chris Magnus (Chief Chris Magnus on RPD's Website, April 2014)
"Richmond Police Department Update"
More from PredPol

ATN PS28 Series Day/Night Vision System
The PS28 will give a daytime tactical scope or spotting scope night vision capability in a matter of seconds. The PS28 mounts in front of a daytime scope to provide it with nighttime operation. No shift of impact, no need to re-zero or change in eye relief occurs.
More on the PS28 from American Technologies Network Corp.

The A*B Arms T*Grip for the TAVOR SAR is made from a proprietary blend of polymer composite material with two bolt attachments providing extra strength. Completely designed and manufactured in the United States by a Veteran-owned company, the T*Grip fits on a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail and contains a battery compartment holding two AA batteries or one CR123 battery.
More on the T*Grip from American Built Arms Co.

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems for MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, highlights its new Briefcase Receiver (BCRx) at AUVSI 2014, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Annual North American Symposium and Exposition.
More on the BCRx from Integrated Microwave Technologies LLC

A new interface connects Spillman’s Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) modules and HigherGround’s public safety recording and evaluation tools.
More on the new interface from Spillman