Officer Hotlist Product Recap: Mid-July

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, July 2 to Tuesday, July 15).

Articles, Reviews & Insights

A Blue Ribbon Panel on 9-1-1 Funding established by the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) says the answer to whether the current funding state of 911 is adequate is no and in a lengthy report to the National 911 Program they explain why.
"The Future of 9-1-1
By Michelle Perin

Not long ago I tested SIG SAUER’s 1911 XO in XO Black. This is an all stainless steel, all business, 45 Auto, full-sized 1911 without rails. It sports a generous beavertail grip and SIG SAUER’s durable Nitron finish. I’d like to say that testing this gun was eventful, but it wasn’t. The 1911 XO turned out to be a reliable, well fitted gun that instilled pride in ownership and confidence in use. It’s the kind of 1911 I like to own: Ready for duty but not too pretty to get dirty.
"Review: SIG SAUER’s 1911 XO
By Lindsey Bertomen, Law Enforcement Technology: July 2014 

Big Data. It is a term that is as shrouded in uncertainty as the term “Cloud.” Yet, it is a term that demands your attention and understanding. Why? Because it is real, it is not going anywhere, and harnessing it may well be the challenge facing Twenty-first Century law enforcement. If you can understand Big Data and the technology used to efficiently utilize it, you will be better equipped to meet the data-driven demands of the new “social-media citizen". How your agency meets that challenge is fundamental to both short- and long-term success.
"Big Data. Big Challenge?
By David Heffner, Vice President of CODY Systems, Law Enforcement Technology: July 2014
More from CODY Systems 

Any densely populated area with multi-storied structures is going to face decreased 911 wireless location accuracy, and decreased accuracy means people die. In fact, the FCC estimates that 10,000 people die each year because first responders cannot find them after they call 911. 
"Left to die
By Michelle Perin, Law Enforcement Technology: July 2014 

While the property room in a police department is usually the sole overseer of evidence, the forensic lab—located either inside or outside of the department—shares this responsibility, too. The lab performs testing and analysis of evidence, and then documents findings. Without the ability to automate its operations, a forensic lab can quickly become overwhelmed and backlogs of evidence can balloon.
"Integrating LIMS and evidence management
By Robert Galvin, Law Enforcement Technology: July 2014 

In historical debates regarding unmanned air systems (even going back to the hot air balloon), privacy is always the number one cited concern. It’s a legitimate concern, too. But does it warrant the level of fear-mongering evidenced in media and courtrooms? It’s time to take a closer look and ask: What could drones do, if used lawfully...and if everyone understood the same laws?
"Drone report: Electronic news gathering, law and litigation
By Sara Scullin, Law Enforcement Technology: July 2014 

Purchases, Announcements & News

Safariland announced today the recent sale of Safariland®/Kona 29er patrol bikes to replace a Los Angeles area law enforcement agency’s current fleet of patrol bikes.  After much consideration and the opportunity to test the 29er bike, the agency selected the Safariland/Kona 29er as the most suitable patrol bike for their rigorous daily operational needs. 
"Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike Selected by Los Angeles Area Law Enforcement Agency
More from Safariland/Kona Patrol Bikes, a part of The Safariland Group 

KA-BAR Knives is proud to announce the release of its newest video, “The Last Mission”. “The Last Mission” follows a team of Force Recon Marines sent behind the lines in Vietnam to rescue American POWs.  The video can be viewed at and the KA-BAR website, KA-BAR would like to thank all our Vietnam veterans for their service. 
"KA-BAR Releases Vietnam War Video, Thanks Veterans
More from KA-BAR Knives Inc. 

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer and the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world, proudly announces the completion of a major expansion at their Maverick Arms, Inc. facility in Eagle Pass, Texas. 
"Mossberg® Announces Expansion of Texas Manufacturing Facility" 
More from MOSSBERG 

IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is proud to announce the Township of Lakewood, NJ police department have contracted to issue the TAVOR® SAR to their police officers. The Lakewood PD services approximately 90,000 residents in Ocean County, New Jersey, one of the fastest growing areas in the region. 
"IWI US, Inc. Receives Contract from Township of Lakewood, New Jersey Police Department
More from Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI) US, Inc. 

ESS (Eye Safety Systems, Inc.) is pleased to announce its partnership of Hunting for Heroes. Hunting for Heroes is a national 501 c3 nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled law enforcement officers injured in the line of duty.  It is an all-volunteer organization, founded and operated by active duty law enforcement officers. 
"ESS Partners With Hunting for Heroes to Support Law Enforcmeent Officer Wounded in the Line of Duty
More from ESS (Eye Safety Systems) 

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. The BearCat is part of Lenco’s line of light and medium armored response vehicles, used by hundreds of specialized tactical teams in the United States and abroad.
"Lenco Industries Supplies BearCat® Armored Vehicles to Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee
More from Lenco Armored Vehicles 

Pinellas County court and law enforcement officials unveiled a new electronic records system Monday that they say promises to make case management and research significantly easier. The nearly $11 million system took five years to create, and millions of documents have been put into it. Dubbed "Odyssey," officials say it replaces the 30-year-old Criminal Justice Information System, or CJIS, which they characterized as clunky and outdated.
"New Computer System Puts Fla. Court Officials on Same Page
By Kate Bradshaw, Tampa Tribune, McClatchy-Tribune News Service 

New Product Launches & Updates

American Built Arms Company (A*B Arms), a Veteran-owned, Type 07 FFL manufacturer of firearms and firearms parts and accessories, builds on the success of the recently announcedA*B Arms T*Grip for the IWI TAVOR® Bullpup rifle with the SBR P*Grip. 
"The Innovation Evolution in Firearms Grips has Arrived
More from American Built Arms Co. 

Alien Gear Holsters recently announced the launch of their newest product, the “Cloak Tuck 2.0”. This PATENT PENDING, Neoprene Composite Holster is Alien Gear Holsters’ most comfortable and stable holster yet. This inside the waistband (IWB) hybrid holster features a light weight design with a soft neoprene body-side layer that forms perfectly to your hip and provides more comfort than you’ve ever felt in a holster. 
"Alien Gear Holsters Introduces the 'Cloak Tuck 2.0'" 
More from Alien Gear Holsters 

Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Toughpad® FZ-G1 fully-rugged 10-inch tablet. Featuring a faster 4thgeneration Intel® CoreTM i5 vProTM processor, the advanced Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro update, a single battery providing up to 10 hours of continuous use* and optional bridge battery, and other improvements, the new Toughpad FZ-G1 now more than ever is the gold standard for mission-critical mobile professionals – including military personnel, first responders and field service and sales teams – in need of a lightweight tablet PC providing desktop-like performance in extreme environments.
"Panasonic Updates Toughpad FZ-G1 10-inch Rugged Windows Tablet
More from Panasonic System Communications Co. of North America