Officer Hotlist Product Recap: Late August

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, August 13 to Tuesday, August 26).

Articles, Insights & Reviews

You see, Magnum Boots recently ponied up two pair of boots for field testing: the models were the Stealth Force 8.0 and the Response II, both in 8-inch height. As virtually every police officer knows, a stealthy response is often what is most needed, and it seems Magnum Boots has the options covered. Let’s take a look...
Law Enforcement Technology: August - Magnum Boots: Response and strength 
By Frank Borelli
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What if technology could minimize, if not remove, that head turn...that moment where you're no longer looking at the people walking by, no longer looking ahead, or having to glance to your radio for the latest information?
Law Enforcement Technology: August - The interface in your face 
By Jonathan Kozlowski

I recently tested an Alpha Shooting Sports 16-inch, 7.62 x 39 KM13 upper. For law enforcement agencies asking how they can employ a 30-caliber cartridge in a standard AR-15 package, this is the answer. Alpha Shooting Sports is a California-based manufacturer that makes assembly parts, parts kits, and fully assembled uppers.
Law Enforcement Technology: August - Alpha Shooting Sports 7.62 x 39 upper: Bigger holes, better build 
By Lindsey Bertomen
More from Alpha Shooting Sports 

Purchases, Announcements & News

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement's interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to police work.
Shooting Prompts Calls for Police 'Body Cams' 
BARBARA ORTUTAY, The Associated Press

Police departments around the Bay Area and the country are equipping officers with wearable cameras in an effort to capture video evidence that could head off the kind of dispute that exploded after an officer killed an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo.
Questions Raised by Cops Wearing Cameras
Vivian Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton says the city will soon move toward equipping patrol cars with cameras that will record police interactions with the public. The city is close to hiring a consultant who will try to obtain the best deal for the government, Wharton said Friday.
Dashboard Cameras Coming to Memphis 
Daniel Connolly, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn., McClatchy-Tribune News Service

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The public has absorbed images of heavily armed police, snipers trained on protesters and tear gas plumes. Against that backdrop, Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message."
Feds Rethink Giving Military Gear to Police 
TAMI ABDOLLAH, The Associated Press

Vigilant Solutions announces today that the Maryland State Police credit Vigilant’s own network of private and historical license plate reader (LPR) data and online investigative tools in the location and apprehension of four individuals trafficking large volumes of cocaine and marijuana between the desert southwest and various locations on the east coast.
High Volume Drug Traffickers Apprehended Using Historical License Plate Reader Data 
More from Vigilant Solutions 

Susteen, a world leader in cell phone and mobile forensics, has added additional spots to their 2014 community outreach grant. The grant allows hundreds of law enforcement agencies the ability to acquire much needed cell phone forensic software at a steep discount. 
Law Enforcement Forensic Grants Now Available: Susteen has Added Additional Spots for Their 2014 Community Outreach Grant 
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"Making state knife laws available online to our members and easily accessible has been a priority for AKTI in the last year," explained AKTI Executive Director Jan Billeb. "Ensuring that the information is complete and legally accurate has been our primary goal."
AKTI Unveils Updated Website Featuring Knife Law Information 
More from American Knife and Tool Institute 

Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Services is implementing SceneDoc to automate the county documentation process in response to hazardous material incidents. Montgomery County will leverage the power inherent in the SceneDoc Platform to enable Emergency Services to document, notify and manage both internal county resources as well as external contractor resources needed during an incident cleanup.
Montgomery County VA, Office of Emergency Services Selects SceneDoc to Document Hazardous Material Responses 
More from SceneDoc 

New Product Launches & Updates

What's unmistakable, however, is the call for change. It's a call heard nationally and one that resonates for a group of technically-minded teens. This week the group, based in Georgia, launched an Android app -- with an iOS app soon to follow -- called Five-O. Similar to restaurant review apps like Yelp, Five-O lets citizens rate and review police and departments. Officer badge numbers, race and gender are coupled with ratings on interactions, general courtesy and whether physical force was used.
Teens to Create Police Rating Cell Phone App 
Jason Shueh, Government Technology, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Cellsense, the leading cell phone contraband detector for prisons, is proud to announce its endorsement by the National Sheriffs’ Association.  Only seven other organizations have received this highest level of support from the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Cellsense, the prison contraband detector, announces endorsement by the National Sheriffs’ Association 
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Now, users of Lyman’s industrial strength PowerPro Ultrasonic Cleaner can easily and completely lube parts without draining the cleaning solution from the unit. 
Power Pro Ultrasonic Cleaner Converts to Lubing Station Instantly 
More from Lyman Products Corp. 

Pro-gard Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of law enforcement vehicle equipment, announced their recent exclusive distribution agreement with Viper Innovative Products, LLC to manufacture the VIPER Shield Enhanced Space Saver Partition, in addition to their existing line of Prisoner Transport Partitions.
Partitions Now Protect Outside of Vehicle 

Founder and CEO John Best noted, "I am delighted to be teamed with Galls to serve the increasingly complex needs of the professional uniform community to an even higher level through our combined service and technology solution."
Galls, LLC Announces Acquisition of Best Uniforms, Inc. 
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With its introduction of Zebra Fit modular Rack and Rig fitness systems, Zebra now offers MMA and Martial Arts enthusiasts even greater opportunities for fitness training, whether for themselves, their fighters, or for their martial arts students.
Zebra Introduces Zebra Fit Training Equipment 
More from Zebra Mats 

These duty/personal-size rechargeable dual-lights use a CREE LED rated at 650 lumens that works in conjunction with a high-efficiency deep parabolic reflector to create a usable beam rated at 275 meters. 
Xtreme Lumens Multi-Function Duty/Personal-Size Dual-Lights 
More from Nightstick by Bayco Products Inc. 

Featuring a hook-back panel backing for mounting to interior and exterior loop-lined surfaces, Go Box Hook-Back Accessories deliver intelligent storage and organizing options for critical situations. The hook-back accessories will attach to any loop-lined surface and can be easily moved from one bag to another.
BLACKHAWK! Go Box Hook-Back Accessories Expand Storage and Organizational Capabilities 
Featuring a thumb-activated release for single-phase operation, the new holster has been designed to accommodate multiple standard under-barrel pistol lights, such as the STREAMLIGHT TLR-1 and TLR-2, the SureFire X300 and X300 Ultra.
BLACKHAWK! EPOCH Level 3 Light Bearing Duty Holster Models Now Available 
Featuring two levels of retention, a passive retention detent adjustment screw and the patented SERPA Auto Lock release, the SERPA CQC Concealment Holster delivers unmatched speed and reliability. 
BLACKHAWK! SERPA Holster Now Available For Springfield XD-S 3.3-Inch Model 
More from BLACKHAWK! 

The Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact Pro is a smaller version of its big brother, the Thunder Pro, and preserves its best features while providing superior value in a compact, service grade handgun.
The Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact Pro Pistol: Developed for Those who Need Stopping Power without the Bulk 
More from Eagle Imports Inc. 

The SureStrike .380 cartridge allows you to develop and maintain your shooting skills: practice your stance, gun presentation, sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, trigger pull, and follow through all while saving money using dry fire training techniques. 
380 SureStrike Cartridge from Laser Ammo USA, Inc. 
More from Laser Ammo Ltd. 

Midwest Gun Works now offers a wide assortment of Bushmaster parts and accessories, including lowers, uppers, sights, magazines, parts, tools, tactical bags and pouches, stocks, AR15 slings, AR triggers, AR-Platform ammunition and AR15 gunsmithing.
Midwest Gun Works Offers Wide Assortment of Bushmaster Parts and Accessories 
More from Midwest Gun Works 

The VIEVU² camera protects against erroneous accountability/liability, efficiently and accurately documents claims, and mitigates workplace theft while C-level and other executives can use it to document meetings or other important employee interactions.
VIEVU Announces Availability of VIEVU2, Military-Grade Wearable Wi-Fi Video Camera Designed for the Professional Workforce 
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