Technology

  • How a less-lethal round became 'smart'

    Smart rounds for an alternative less-lethal solution

    Article • August 14th, 2012

  • Brighter is better

    I’m back talking about flashlights. This time it’s backup, off-duty and specialty lights. Once again, I have to work hard to justify talking about flashlights in a Firearms Tactics column. I was going to be facetious about this, but I learned a...

    Article • August 14th, 2012

  • The keys to video survellance in impossible topography

    Video surveillance serves to report crimes and protect officers in the field, at times allowing them to detect situations in remote areas and determine how to enter. Video is essentially police awareness, extending the eyes and capabilities of law...

    Article • August 14th, 2012

  • Suit up, SWAT

    LAPD Chief Darryl F. Gates was credited with developing the first SWAT (initially called the “Special Weapons Attack Team”) unit in the late 1960s. Agencies across the country saw the potential in the specialized unit and were quick to follow...

    Article • August 14th, 2012

  • Pinning down a deadly recipe

    It was just another sunny afternoon in the cruiser until you found yourself investigating a woman who is literally clawing at her own skin. On the ground you note a container with a white substance has fallen from her bag. Based on what you know, is...

    Article • July 13th, 2012

  • Back to ballistics

    Why are we even contemplating carrying something smaller than a .45 ACP anyway? One good reason is the fact that bathing suits and Kimbers generally don’t mix without gun packs.

    Article • July 13th, 2012

  • The public safety super phone

    What the law enforcement—and public safety network in general—offer police that commercial carriers cannot is the ruggedized equipment built to public safety standards

    Article • July 13th, 2012

  • In a digital world, analog still has its benefits

    Compliance with the standard does not guarantee that equipment from different manufacturers will be able to communicate.

    Article • July 13th, 2012

  • Is your social content building relationships or barriers?

    As law enforcement agencies compete with other newsmakers for ever-shrinking media attention, the ability to tell their own stories in their own way can be very important indeed.

    Article • July 3rd, 2012

  • In search of a tactical torch

    This month’s column looks at flashlights. I had to convince my editor that an article on flashlights is relevant to firearms. Yeah, yeah, I know. I write the Firearms Tactics column. OK, this month, I’m testing light cannons. How’s that? (Editor’s...

    Article • June 15th, 2012

  • 20 ways to use your smartphone

    #1: Police Spanish Guide For Android comes with pre-programmed and indexed phrases by subjects, like basic questions, routine traffic stops, traffic or driving violations, field sobriety tests, lost child, domestic disputes and interrogation. Use...

    Article • June 15th, 2012

  • The Social Media - Police Branding Relationship

    Do your social media accounts brand your agency, or your profession?

    Article • June 5th, 2012

  • A Conversation on Video Surveillance

    VideoSurveillance.com, a leading authority and provider of custom security camera systems, recently interviewed Officer.com’s Editor-in-Chief Frank Borelli, a retired police lieutenant with 30 years of law enforcement experience, on the subject of...

    Blog • June 4th, 2012

  • PIOs: Are You Prepared For Your Agency's 'Personal Brands'?

    For the Philadelphia Police Department, “learning to prep” recently included asking a tweeting detective, Joe Murray (@TheFuzz9143), to stop what he was doing so that they could put policy and training in place.

    Article • May 8th, 2012

  • At-home bullet testing: Try it today

    It took a couple of months and a refrigerator full of ballistics gelatin, but the performance results are in

    Article • April 11th, 2012

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