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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, June 18 to Tuesday, June 24).
Articles, Reviews & Insights
One of the leaders in this new hand-held light world, one made a splash at the January SHOT Show, is Olight. Starting from their base as a European manufacturer of very high-end outdoor activity lights, they are now making and selling very high-quality tactical lights into the U.S. law enforcement and military markets. Here I'm focusing (no pun intended) on the M22 Warrior light, a 950 lumen, 23,000 candela light that's 5.7-inches long.
"Olight: The Tactical Light Future Is Now"
Ralph Mroz, Equipment Review
As a digital examiner, I saw firsthand how the progression of large data sets in digital investigations put a damper on both information collection, as well as the investigator. The first examination of a floppy disk could be turned around in a day. A 500MB drive required a week turn around. A large gigabyte drive took multiple weeks, and larger data sets require longer processing times. Since the amount of cases involving Big Data did not stop I began to see backlogs stack up, causing frustration in many of the people requesting the examinations. We dealt with this problem by changing the way we conducted examinations, not by shortcutting the forensic process, but by focusing just on the information requested.
"The Time Argument, Mobile Forensics"
By: Lee Reiber, Vice President of Mobile Forensic Solutions at AccessData
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In early January of this year, Kahr Firearms Group introduced the Kahr Spyderco Delica4, a distinctive variation of one of Spyderco’s most popular folding knives available exclusively through Kahr. But, the story of the knife’s inception deserves to be told.
"The Story behind the Kahr®, Michael Janich and Spyderco® Kahr Delica4"
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Purchases, Announcements & News
DuPont Protection Technologies today announced that over one million bullet-resistant vests made with DuPont™ Kevlar® XP™ have been sold globally since the advanced material was launched at Eurosatory in 2008. The milestone was marked with an award to the Republic of Korea Army, the recipient of the millionth vest, in conjunction with this year’s exhibition in Paris.
"DuPont Announces Millionth Vest Made with DuPont™ Kevlar® XP™"
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Stephanie Kwolek, a pioneering female chemist at DuPont who invented the exceedingly tough fibers widely used in Kevlar body armor, has died, colleagues said Friday. She was 90. Kwolek died Wednesday at a hospital in Wilmington where she had lived, said her friend Rita Vasta, a chemist who also worked at DuPont. Vasta said Kwolek had been ill about a week though she didn't know the cause of death.
"DuPont Chemist Who Invented Kevlar Dies at 90"
The Associated Press
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Dixie Chopper is honoring local Hometown Heroes by offering a $250 mail-in rebate on any new (up to two) Dixie Chopper lawn mowers now through July 31. All active or retired members of the U.S. Military, Police, Fire, EMT, and Paramedic services are eligible for the $250 mail-in rebate.
"Dixie Chopper Honors Hometown Heroes"
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The Ohio Supreme Court is giving law enforcement extra time to install tracking devices after obtaining a search warrant. A rule change announced yesterday by the court, effective next Tuesday, will give prosecutors and law enforcement up to 10 days, instead of the current three, to safely install an electronic device to track a person or property. The device may remain in place no longer than 45 days.
"Court: Police Get More Time to Plant Tracking Devices"
By Alan Johnson, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Eighteen Long Island police departments have been approved to receive supplies of a heroin antidote under a 2-month-old state program, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will announce Wednesday. The tally is more than double the eight Long Island agencies that requested nearly 200 kits of the antidote Narcan and training when Schneiderman's Community Overdose Program, or COP, started in April.
"18 N.Y. Police Departments OK'd for Narcan"
By Darran Simon, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
New Product Launches & Updates
As another first of its kind for the emergency responder industry, the Guardian Angel canine mount and harness provides immediate identification for working K9 units that serve as members of the police force. “Because K9 unit working dogs often lack basic identification as such, they can bear the brunt of unmitigated attacks,” said Kevin Matte, co-founder of 425, Inc. “But with the Guardian Angel and its new canine-specific harness, they will be instantly recognizable in their official capacity, with the full protection afforded to them by law.” Used in conjunction with the new heavy-duty canine mount and harness, the Guardian Angel provides visibility from more than two miles away, from above, and from a nearly 360-degree radius around the K9 working dog.
"425, Inc. Introduces K9 Harness for Its Guardian Angel® Personal Safety Device"
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Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced the U.S. launch of its fully-rugged, 5-inch handheld tablets. The Toughpad® FZ-E1, powered by Windows Embedded 8.1 Handheld, and the Toughpad FZ-X1, running the Android™ 4.2.2 operating system, are enterprise-class handheld tablets — with voice and data connectivity — designed for mission-critical mobile workers.
"Panasonic Toughpad Line Gets Smaller, Tougher with Rugged Handheld Tablets"
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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, showcases its DropCam Tx-II/Mini MobilCMDR Video Camera/Transmitter and Receiver Kit at Police Security Expo 2014 (Booth 1315). 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.
"INTEGRATED MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (IMT) SHOWCASES DROPCAM Tx-II/Mini MobILcMDR CAMERA/TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER KIT AT POLICE SECURITY EXPO 2014"
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American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E") (Nasdaq:ASEI), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today introduced the MINI Z™, the world's first handheld Z Backscatter® imaging scanner for fast, portable, real-time detection of hidden organic threats, such as drugs, contraband, plastic guns, ceramic knives, and explosives. Designed for law enforcement, first responders, border control, event security, maritime police, and general aviation security, the MINI Z system's single-sided imaging and compact size offers unsurpassed operational flexibility — scanning effectively "on the go" in the hardest-to-reach environments.
"AS&E Introduces the MINI Z: World's First Handheld Z Backscatter Imaging System"
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Vigilant Solutions introduces its Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) Package. Neil Schlisserman, Vice President of Sales, states “ILP is a completely new way of going to market for Vigilant. Every ILP package contains an agency-wide license to Vigilant’s hosted LEARN® analytic software, unlimited access in LEARN to our national database of over 2 billion commercial license plate recognition (LPR) detections, some number of LPR systems – mobile or fixed – to meet the needs of the specific agency, an agency-wide license to our FaceSearch® facial recognition solution, as well as a new Mobile CompanionTM smartphone application that encompasses all that ILP has to offer. The ILP packages represent over 75% savings for most agencies, when compared to buying these individual technologies on their own.”
"Vigilant Solutions Unveils New Intelligence-Led Policing Package"
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LP Police, America's #1 Person and Cell Phone Search Database for Government & Law, is proud to introduce the latest voter registration, people at work and social media searches that can now solve cases faster than ever before. The Social Media search can access profiles, profile photos, basic demographics, social influence and more from over 100 different social sites.
"LP Police Announces New Search Capabilities for Voter Registration, People at Work and Social Media Profiles That Feature the Most Up-to-Date Information Available."
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