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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 Officer.com (Wednesday, May 28 to Tuesday, June 3).
Articles, Reviews & Insights
Retrieving Evidence from Damaged Mobile Devices
It's not uncommon these days to encounter mobile devices that have sustained some type of damage. The damage can be accidental – dropped on pavement or in a puddle – or intentional, when criminals damage their own or victims' devices in a bid to destroy or conceal evidence.
"The Challenges of Damaged Mobile Devices"
By Christa M. Miller, Mobile Data Forensics
Book Review: To help simplify the myriad issues surrounding deadly force, Urey W. Patrick and John C. Hall have written a gem of a book encompassing the important points each LE officer should know. The book is titled: IN DEFENSE OF SELF AND OTHERS . . . Issues, Facts & Fallacies—The Realities of Law Enforcement’s Use of Deadly Force. Considered by many to be an authoritative tome, it gives the reader a comprehensive overview of the complexity and responsibility of the armed LE officer and citizen. Author Tom Clancy wrote the following in his Foreword to the first edition: “This book is a textbook, mostly aimed at police officers, the attorneys who defend them in court, students of law enforcement, and its many badly informed critics. For that purpose it is admirably clear and easy to understand.”
"Realities of Using Deadly Force"
By John Wills, Training Contributor
Purchases, Announcements & News
Patten University announced the national availability of a college scholarship specifically for first responders. Patten University’s First Responders Scholarship offers a reduced tuition of $299 per month for undergraduate courses or $475 per month for graduate courses, a nearly 15 percent discount from Patten’s standard monthly tuition rates. These rates include unlimited online classes, ebooks and course materials. This initiative enables firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and police officers the opportunity to earn an accredited Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts or Master in Business Administration degree online from Patten. With the scholarship, Patten University offers one of the nation’s lowest tuition rates for an online college degree program and enables first responders to earn a college degree debt-free.
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A crowd of over 180 people shared in the celebration on Thursday, May 29th of the official ground-breaking ceremony of the Kahr Firearms Group new headquarters in Blooming Grove Township of Pike County Pennsylvania located in the Pocono region of the state.
"Kahr Firearms Group Breaks New Ground"
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The NYPD's top cop last week told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee that he is in favor of using unmanned aerial vehicles to fight crime in the city. Commissioner William Bratton said that UAVs would not old help police, but would also help the city's fire department, according to The New York Daily News.
"NYPD Open to Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two "unmanned aerial vehicles" as gifts from the Seattle Police Department. The Draganflyer X6 aircraft, which resemble small helicopters, are each about 3 feet wide and equipped with a camera, video camera and infrared night-vision capabilities.
"LAPD Adds UAVs to Arsenal"
By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The New York State Police (NYSP) recently worked with GeoComm to implement a new tactical 9-1-1 mapping system. GeoLynx Server was installed at the new Troop G Communications Center in Latham, New York. NYSP selected GeoComm to deploy GeoLynx Server, a web-based tactical mapping system, at the center in order to combine their detailed geographic information system (GIS) maps with real-time emergency caller locations using the latest Esri and Microsoft technology.
"New York State Police Implement GeoComm Mapping in New Call Center"
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Years ago, police sketch composites were done exclusively with a pencil, as a trained artist created an image from a victim's memory in hopes of capturing the likeness of a suspect. But facial composite software has made it so that any officer in a police department can be trained to recreate a suspect's face from thousands of images just by clicking a mouse. Local sketch artist Michael Streed developed one of those aps, called SketchCop FACETTE.
"SketchCop Aids Police in Tracking Down Suspects"
By Lori Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
FATPOT Technologies, a premier public safety software supplier, announced the successful deployment of their data sharing solution, RMSfusion in Tooele County, UT. RMSfusion is a real time data sharing solution, not a data warehouse, which connects disparate Records Management Systems (RMS) to enable queries on people, vehicles, property and incidents across a region.
"Tooele County Uses FATPOT Data Sharing for Increased Officer Safety and Effectiveness"
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Eagle Imports, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Metro Arms, Bersa and Comanche firearms products, is offering, for a limited time during the heat of this summer, cool rebates on their most popular Bersa and Metro Arms pistols. From June 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014, any Bersa BP9CC, Bersa Thunder (all models) and Metro Arms American Classic II and Commander pistols purchased new put cash back in the customers' pockets.
"Eagle Imports Heats Up the Summer with Cool Deals on Popular Pistols"
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Fourteen public safety and three security agencies purchased software from Spillman Technologies for the first time during the first quarter of 2014, joining the more than 1,200 agencies in 39 states nationwide already using Spillman software. In addition to the new agencies, 53 agencies expanded their existing Spillman systems.
"17 agencies purchase Spillman, 53 expand systems in Q1"
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The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) project is coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Prototypes are expected to be shown to military commanders in June, with hopes that the suit will be given to high-risk units in 2018.
"Special Operations Forces Eye 'Iron Man' Suit"
By Tamara Lush, Associated Press
Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, will highlight its proven BearCat® armored tactical vehicle at Eurosatory 2014, June 16-20 in Paris, France located in Hall 5, Booth A448.
"Lenco Armor to Display BearCat® SWAT APC at Eurosatory 2014"
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Thousands of New York City police officers will soon be carrying emergency antidotes to help deal with the recent spike in heroin overdoses, officials said Tuesday. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and city Police Commissioner William Bratton announced that the state is providing the New York Police Department with $1.17 million from civil and criminal forfeiture cases to pay for 19,500 kits intended to equip patrol officers, including those assigned to transit and housing bureaus.
"NYPD Officers to Carry Heroin Overdose Drug"
Video: NYPD to Carry Heroin Overdose Antidote Kits
The Associated Press
New Product Launches & Updates
Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting equipment, introduced a new Red Nano Light as part of the company’s Lights for a Cause series of flashlights. The new light will benefit the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation. Streamlight will donate $1.00 to the organization for each of these Red Nano Lights sold.
"STREAMLIGHT® HELPS LIGHT THE PATHWAY TO STOP DIABETES® WITH NEW NANO LIGHT®"
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Data911 is pleased to announce the release of the Verus 'Solo,' a standalone configuration of our cutting edge Verus HD Digital Video System. The Solo contains all of the features and benefits of the Verus system with the additional ability to function autonomously without an in-vehicle PC running.
"Introducing the New Verus 'Solo' Standalone HD Digital Video System from Data911"
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Tuffy’s tactical lockbox is custom designed to fit securely into the trunk of the 2012 and newer Dodge Charger Pursuit or any other vehicle with space.
"Dodge Charger Tactical Security Lockbox by Tuffy"
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Cognitec Systems has released Version 5.2 of FaceVACS-VideoScan, the premier technology for real-time face recognition in video streams and anonymous people analytics. The upgraded version includes Cognitec’s latest face recognition algorithm B8 and major system upgrades that respond to the growing number of use cases the technology can support.
"Cognitec’s Video Screening and Analytics Technology Receives Algorithm and Functionality Upgrades"
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