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Vievu Body Cameras on Patrol with Major Agencies  

Vievu was one of the first players in the body-worn camera market, today the company is part of Safariland and working with some of America's biggest police departments.

Friday, December 8 | Technology

Oakland PD was an early advocate of Vievu body camera technology and has been using the company's products since 2010. The department currently has 775 cameras; most of them the Vievu LE3 model. Now the department is moving to upgrade all of its officers' cameras to the latest Vievu model, the LE5.

Testing Body Cameras for Image Fidelity  

DSC Labs has the tools and technology to ensure evidence captured by officer-worn system is accurate.

Tuesday, December 5 | Technology

The traditional gelatin-silver image reproduction film process was a very stable imaging platform with reliable, repeatable characteristics; lighting was also more consistent. In digital photography, we have to contend with many more variables and different elements involved in producing the final image.

L.A. Sheriff's Department Tests 2018 Police Vehicles  

Wednesday, November 22 | Vehicles

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department conducted its annual evaluation of 2018-model-year police vehicles from Oct. 10 to 13. Agency deputies got behind the wheel of 13 four-wheel vehicles and five motorcycles for the testing.

A Wasted "Teachable Moment"  

A youth football coach should be teaching his players to respect law and law enforcement, not urging them to kneel in disrespect to the National Anthem.

Tuesday, September 26 | Patrol

According to the coach, his teachable moment for his players was to let them know that "it’s OK to stand up for what you believe in." I’m not arguing that premise, as long as we understand that an 8-year-old has no understanding of what so-called "social injustice' is.

Officer Well-Being Should Come First After an OIS  

Agencies need to provide officers involved in shootings with post-traumatic support, including legal representation, emotional counseling, and a fair investigation of the incident.

Friday, August 11 | Patrol

The suspect’s family, friends, attorney and the media were not there and are not your concern. Your officer is, and should always be, your primary concern. Yes, the other groups need to be addressed, but they can all wait. As legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden always preached, “Be quick but don’t hurry.”

De-Escalation is Nothing New  

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Police Commission added de-escalation language to the LAPD's use-of-force policy, but it really didn't change anything.

Monday, April 24 | Patrol

Perhaps the value of the loud noise about de-escalation is to re-emphasize the need to conduct intense training that teaches us to distinguish between those challenging incidents where it is wise to wait, talk, get backup, get nonlethal weapons, get a supervisor, and make a plan versus those incidents where it is proper to take the risk, rush in, and save the life.

SHOT Show 2017: First Impressions from Range Day  

This year’s range day brought out more than 100 companies to show their newest guns, gear, and apparel.

Tuesday, January 17 | Weapons

Industry Day at the Range has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception last decade. The event has become something of a SHOT Show in miniature. Yesterday’s Industry Day involved more than 100 exhibitors of rifles, pistols, shotguns, gear, apparel, and even archery equipment.

Painting Depicting Law Enforcement As "Pigs" Has No Place in U.S. Capitol  

Hatred of law enforcement should not be displayed in the halls of the United States House of Representatives.

Tuesday, January 3 | Patrol

A painting depicting law enforcement as "pigs" is hanging in public space in the United States Capitol. The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) is calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove this piece of hate from the public space.

Surge in LE Killings Underscores Need to Be Vigilant  

Tuesday, November 29 | Patrol

The recent spate of ambushes and assassinations of law enforcement officers continues the year of deadly violence against law enforcement officers simply because they are wearing a uniform. None of us should act as if it's business as usual and that we cannot become a victim of this violence.

Los Angeles Police Commission Tells Officers to Run Away, or Else  

The message the Los Angeles Police Commission is sending to officers confronted with a violent and dangerous suspect is clear: You can save your life or save your job, but you cannot do both.

Thursday, September 22 | Patrol

It sure must be easy to talk about “redeploying” an officer’s position while sipping a Diet Coke or bottled water while sitting in a police-guarded, air-conditioned room, in a cushy office chair, watching the events unfold in slow motion on a big-screen TV.

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