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Brian Cain

Brian Cain is a sergeant with the Holly Springs (Ga.) Police Department, and is known as the "Millennial cop" on Twitter. He has been in law enforcement since 2000. He hosts and produces a podcast for Millennials in law enforcement.



Michael Bostic

Michael Bostic

Mike Bostic, of Raytheon Corp.'s Civil Communication Solutions group, specializes in open architecture, systems integration of communications and data programs. Mike spent 34 years with the LAPD. He managed IT and facility development, as well as the SWAT Board of Inquiry, which developed new command-and-control systems.
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Law enforcement agencies turn to municipal surveillance to help identify suspects of crimes. Photo via ramson (Flickr.com)

Municipal Surveillance Lessons For LE  

November 10, 2009
Municipal surveillance enabled by CCTV cameras, fingerprint readers and fiber-optics systems are helping two Texas law enforcement agencies identify suspects while solving crimes.
U.S. Army Spc. Gabriel Green, of the 173rd Airborne's Brigade Combat Team, calls in grid coordinates while conducting a patrol in Afghanistan's Kunar province in March 2008. Photo by Staff Sgt. Tyffani Davis.

Bring Battlefield Communications To Law Enforcement  

November 6, 2009
At a recent trade show, I spoke with many in law enforcement about reliance on radio towers for data systems. Based on my experience with radio systems in use by the military for more than a decade, I suggested we don't really need "towers" as public safety knows them today.
Screen shot of Coplogic's DeskOfficer Online Reporting System (DORS).

High-Tech System Streamlines Reports  

October 27, 2009
It's not that I begrudge writing reports, although I certainly appreciate anything that makes the job easier. But I am always looking for other ways police departments help officers handle reports quicker, such as Coplogic.

Detroit Cops Use OnStar For Stolen Vehicle Recovery  

October 2, 2009
GM's OnStar is perhaps best known for providing turn-by-turn navigation and hands-free calls. But how about using it to recover a stolen vehicle?
The Dallas PD uses Nixle's SMS text-messaging technology to notify officers and the public with crime information, maps and pictures.

Pittsburgh PD Uses Text Messaging During G-20 Protest  

October 1, 2009
Part of the story of how the department kept protests from getting too unruly can be told by explaining a new text-messaging technology to share information about protester activities instantly within its own command structure, as well as with outside agencies.
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Putting a Face to a Name  

September 18, 2009
As patrol officers know all too well, drivers they pull over may not give them a truthful answer about their identity, especially if a bench warrant has been issued. Obtaining a photo can help get positive identification.

In-Car Video System Captures Sergeant's Harrowing Encounter  

September 17, 2009
Sgt. Matthew Davidson was grazed by the 200-pound wheel that broke free from an 18-wheel big rig, as he watched a motorist change the tire of his pickup truck alongside the Fred Hartman Bridge east of Houston.
The New Jersey State Police dive team recorded and reviewed hours of side-scan sonar data to provide divers with a potential location of the fuselage (middle right) on the river bottom. Photo via FBI.

Side-Scan Sonar Identifies N.Y. Crash Evidence  

September 1, 2009
Side-scan sonar is known as a "towfish" — it's a torpedo-like device towed behind a boat. The towfish converts acoustic sound pulses into a video image of the river bottom. To a trained operator, the resulting image offers a photographic view of the bottom that can be used to identify items of interest.
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Waiting for a Public Safety Broadband Network  

August 27, 2009
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International hosted a town hall meeting earlier this month during their annual conference in Las Vegas that updated the law enforcement community about the effort to obtain a public safety broadband network.
Photo via andyp uk (Flickr.com)

Is Your Department Blogging?  

August 4, 2009
More often than not, police departments post "just the facts, ma'am" news releases on their websites about the latest criminals that have been apprehended. But a few forward-looking departments are using the social media tool of blogging to strengthen the bond with their community.
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