Technology

  • The digital past, present and future: police smartphones, tablets and laptops

    It’s 1985, and women’s fashion features shoulder pads big enough to work on the football field; Madonna is busy selling her Material Girl image; bands with really big hair and Spandex pants dominate the airwaves; and the Chevy Camaro IROC-Z is one...

    Article • November 13th, 2012

  • IACP 2012

    Blauer Blauer took their first step into law enforcement’s footwear industry. Their new boot features a BOA lacing system—a technology adopted from the snowboarding industry—that tightens with a twist of a tough-mounted handle and releases with...

    Article • November 13th, 2012

  • On the road again

    Now that November is upon us, is your department dreaming about new additions to its inventory? If you’ve got vehicle upgrades in mind (even down the road), this month’s cover story on page 28 might offer up some food for thought. Every year our...

    Article • November 12th, 2012

  • Standoff explosive detection takes step backward

    On August 8, portions of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal A were evacuated when the airport received bomb threats made toward inbound flights. On July 17, dozens of police, security guards, and federal agents searched Comerica Park...

    Article • October 17th, 2012

  • 20 MORE ways to use your smartphone

    1.‘ponga sus manos donde puedo verlos’ Google Translate How many ways can you say “Put your hands where I can see them”? Reference this helpful translation service with over 50 stored languages when you’re looking to convey your message in a...

    Article • October 17th, 2012

  • A skeptic's encounters with 'Finding Bigfoot'

    FLIR's IR technology can help find more than suspects and evidence, pushing search and rescue to another level

    Article • October 17th, 2012

  • A history on the road

    Ever stop to think what policing must have been like some sixty years ago? Consider the highway patrol officer whose job functions essentially expanded and evolved right along with the very roadways and interstates he or she patrolled. From receiving your...

    Article • October 17th, 2012

  • The Next Generation of Emergency Communications

    Next generation communications, especially NG9-1-1 is a good thing. Evolving as public safety professionals will improve our ability to serve our public. But, what about the effect of this innovation on our public safety telecommunicators?

    Article • October 11th, 2012

  • Mobile Device Safety and Security Tips

    This month's column is the result of collaboration with a colleague and friend. Det. Cindy Murphy of the Madison (Wisconsin) Police Department came up with these 10 tips for a PSA she participated in producing. With her permission, I'm reprinting and...

    Article • October 10th, 2012

  • Instant Replays In Police Work?

    The recent uproar over controversial calls by referees in the NFL highlights the role of video in determining who’s right or wrong.

    Article • September 27th, 2012

  • Protectors of the Thin Blue Line

    Nothing is more important than officer safety especially to those of us tasked with being their life-line. By following some suggestions from the beginning of your career to your last transmission, you can be the kind of dispatcher that takes care of...

    Article • September 19th, 2012

  • Crime fighting's next big deal

    In the 2002 Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report,” crime in the year 2054 is eliminated by an elite PreCrime squad whose special powers enable them to see the future and predict crime. It may be 42 years until 2054, but some police agencies have...

    Article • September 4th, 2012

  • Flipping potatoes or foiling terrorists

    Before I delve into my first blog on Officer.com, allow me to introduce myself. I am Sara Schreiber and I have the pleasure of working alongside editors Jonathan Kozlowski and Tabatha Wethal on the print team of Law Enforcement Technology and Law...

    Blog • September 4th, 2012

  • Social Media Metrics revisited: How do you measure engagement?

    Install Google Analytics and you could spend hours poring over site statistics. And yet, even Google's definition of “engagement” is flawed: Analytics measures the number of seconds spent on the site, but as many social media experts would argue, true...

    Article • August 16th, 2012

  • Shoot to skill

    “We found that you can activate the sympathetic nervous system in virtual situations and developed the method of how to do [so],” Murphy, who worked with the Kansas City, Kan., PD for 30 years, says.

    Article • August 14th, 2012

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