Officer Hotlist Recap: Third Week of June

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, June 11 to Tuesday, June 17).

Articles, Reviews & Insights

This month's theme, and a story I wrote for this issue, started me reminiscing about when I first entered law enforcement and uniforms for women were nonexistent. I'm not old enough to come from the generation of female officers who wore skirts and heels; but, because there were no uniforms made for women, our department outfitted female officers with men's uniforms tailored to fit our bodies. The result wasn't very attractive, but we made it work—we had no choice. 
"Memory Lane: My Old Uniform
Law Enforcement Technology: June 

A bomb technician typically does not wear his or her suit for more than 30 or 40 minutes. How does the hefty gear go to work in that short—but pensive—window of time? Chris Cowan, a retired bomb squad commander for the Winnebago County (Ill.) Sheriff's Department and current technical training representative with Med-Eng, a brand of the Safariland Group, has suited up on a few occasions over the course of his 23-year career. He remembers well the adrenaline rush of detonation, the lurking danger, and the necessary tools for going in and getting out unscathed. 
"Love at First Blast
Law Enforcement Technology: June 

Everyone who has ever taken a gun to a range, either as a professional or amateur, knows you need to wear ear protection. However, research shows there could be more to protecting your hearing than just wearing the ear muffs or inserting the plugs (or both). First, how is hearing loss defined, and how does it happen? 
"Concussive Force: The Silent Variable in Hearing Loss
Law Enforcement Technology: June 

As most large metropolitan departments donned uniforms, the majority of rural departments continued to ignore the trend, choosing to remain with civilian dress until well after the dawn of the Twentieth Century. But by the mid-century mark, most agencies in this country had given in to the trend. 
"The Well-Dressed Officer
Law Enforcement Technology: June 

The self-referential through-the-wall concept allows law enforcement and SWAT tactical teams to gather intelligence while remaining covert. One solution utilizes a signal. Another quietly installs a small camera — 'small,' as in an 1/8 of an inch (roughly the width of a No. 2 pencil). 
"How to See Through a Wall Covertly"
Law Enforcement Technology: June 

Purchases, Announcements & News

The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the 2014 "James Torkar Educational Scholarship." Each student selected for the scholarship demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and community service. This program benefits dependent children of members with active NTOA "Individual" memberships and are at least 16 years old and a United States citizen. It provides funding for tuition and other eligible expenses through an IRS 529 College Savings Plan or a direct payment to the educational institution. 
"The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Announces Scholarship Winners
More from National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

Intrado, a leading provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, announced the integration of Intrado Beware with Motorola Solutions' Intelligent Data Portal. "Beware's unique capabilities to provide robust threat and identifying information on persons of interest within seconds is a perfect fit for the Intelligent Data Portal. This integration will provide law enforcement officers help in defusing volatile situations along with added protection for themselves and others involved," said Steve Lowe, Senior Vice President, Intrado. 
"Intrado Beware Integrates with Motorola Solutions' Intelligent Data Portal

AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, is pleased to work with Motorola Solutions as the sole provider of real-time weather data through their Intelligent Data Portal and help increase situational awareness for first responders in the field. "Clearly, breaking weather information is a key part of situational awareness, not only in the case of severe weather events but with virtually any kind of disaster," said Casey McGeever, Chief Commercial Officer of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. "AccuWeather is proud to work with Motorola Solutions to provide this critical data layer which can be shared across agencies and enterprises to keep on top of changing weather conditions and ultimately better protect life and property, for staff and public safety workers and for the public at large." 
"AccuWeather Provides Severe Weather Information in the Field on Motorola Solutions' Intelligent Data Portal

After a comprehensive testing and evaluation process involving several competitive tactical lighting products, the SureFire X300® Ultra has been adopted as part of New Jersey State Police's standard-issue WeaponLight. New Jersey State Police have contracted with Atlantic Tactical to purchase 2,800 SureFire X300® Ultra's to be issued to all of their sworn officers.
"New Jersey State Police Selects SureFire X300® Ultra as Standard-Issue Weaponlight
More from SUREFIRE

IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is pleased to announce the TAVOR® SAR RS model for the state of California is now shipping to area distributors. The California RS model complies with all state statutes and still provides the TAVOR SAR fan an unprecedented experience in firepower and performance. 
"IWI US Now Shipping California Compliant TAVOR® SAR RS Models
More from Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI) US, Inc.

Smith & Warren, a leading U.S. Manufacturer of badges, uniform insignia, and accessories will now carry on the proud Michigan tradition of the Weyhing Brothers Manufacturing Company. The skillful manufacturing process of Weyhing Brothers' carefully crafted products will be maintained as all of the original tools and dies have been transferred to the Smith & Warren production facilities in White Plains, NY. 
"Smith & Warren Acquires Weyhing Brothers Manufacturing Company of Detroit Michigan
More from Smith & Warren

CRKT® released the limited edition Ken Onion-designed Hi Jinx™ knife at the 2014 BLADE Show in Atlanta and won the 2014 Overall Knife of the Year Award. 
"CRKT Wins Overall Knife of the Year Award at Blade Show with the Ken Onion Designed Hi Jinx!

New Product Launches & Updates

The new Intelligent Data Portal from Motorola Solutions, Inc.  can help public safety agencies and commercial services that need a simple way to access their data in the field from multiple databases across different mobile devices and networks.  Intelligent Data Portal is a mobile, cloud-based application that gathers contextual information from existing databases. It then organizes and maps it using role-based layers to show the location and context of people, resources, events and developing situations.  Users in the field can see near real-time updates of data from sensors, surveillance cameras and other events to provide warnings of escalating and evolving situations. 
"Motorola Solutions' Intelligent Data Portal Gives First Responders in the Field Instant Access to Enhanced Situational Awareness

Night Optics USA, a manufacturer of high performance night vision and thermal imaging systems for over 20 years, has introduced the new Digital Sentry 2x night vision monocular. Based on the very popular PVS-14 (Sentry 14) design, the Digital Sentry monocular features a ¼" CMOS sensor delivering full color images to the 330x224 pixel LED display. 
"Digital Sentry Night Vision Monocular
More from Night Optics USA Inc.

NEW Knives and a Handy Tool

  • CRKT and Matthew Lerch have gone above and beyond the standard issue blade with their new Argus™ and Cobia™ pocket knives. Based off of a classic folder type design, the similarity ends there. 
    "CRKT's Latest Everyday Carry Knives Are Anything But Everyday
  • Revolutionizing the everyday carry category, the company announced it is releasing the Graphite™ knife designed by Glenn Klecker. A two-tone handle finish made with a titanium nitride coating and brushed stainless steel makes the knife look like a sports car. 
    "CRKT Proves a Lightweight Folder Can Do Heavy-Duty Jobs
  • CRKT and Trip Felton are releasing their patented Hook & Loop Tool and many in the field are breathing easier. The dirt, fibers and debris that used to weaken their VELCRO® fasteners are now being eliminated. 
    "New Tool Protects Fasteners From Lint Intruders


Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, today announced availability of Rave Panic Button. Uniquely tying together 9-1-1, first responders and school personnel, Rave Panic Button shortens the time between the onset of an incident and the arrival of first responders on-scene, while improving collaboration during the critical first minutes, allowing for the fastest, most effective crisis resolution possible. 
"Rave Mobile Safety Announces Availability of Mobile Panic Button Solution That Ties Together 9-1-1, Responders and On-Site School Personnel

For the first time, Penn State is offering a massive open online course, or MOOC, for credit. The University's newest MOOC, titled "Presumed Innocent? The Social Science of Wrongful Convictions," employs the perspective of the social scientist to understand why and how wrongful convictions occur. The course will open to thousands of students for free on the Coursera platform in late June and will also be offered for Penn State credit at a reduced tuition rate beginning July 2. The course was produced by the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts. 
"New Penn State MOOC-for-Credit Explores Social Science of Wrongful Convictions
More from Penn State World Campus