The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) show has for much of this decade been a showcase for big-ticket, high-tech law enforcement equipment. This year's show held in Denver in early October was no exception. But it also had a lot of really cool stuff that could be purchased by any agency and even by individual officers.
Here's a quick look at some of the latest and greatest products that caught the eyes of our staff as they walked the aisles of the show.
5.11 Tactical Patrol Duty Uniform
The new Patrol Duty Uniform (PDU) from 5.11 Tactical has a Teflon coating that makes it pretty much stainproof. How stainproof? In a demonstration video shown at the product announcement, an officer wearing the uniform splashed himself with mud, then hosed off his uni to make it sparkling clean and dry.
Available in Class A and Class B versions for both men and women, the PDU sells for $99 for the pant and shirt combo. The PDU is machine washable and will withstand 50 washes with no fading or shrinking.
Features include bi-swing shoulders, armpit vents, a built-in mic cord pass through, adjustable cuffs, a flat front, cargo pockets (Class B), a hidden document pocket, and permanent creases.
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Blauer Super Shirt
Blauer's Super Shirt features reflective flaps that remain hidden until you need them. If you're on a traffic stop on a dark road, you can unfold them from the front pockets, arms, and collar. But that's not the only thing that makes the "Super Shirt" non-traditional. Hidden pockets behind the visible front pockets comfortably fit a TASER, mesh side panels improve fit and function, and the shirt is easy to put on and remove thanks to a front zipper closure covered by a placket with mock buttons for a traditional look.
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Chevrolet Caprice PPV
"Can you imagine this baby in your rearview mirror?" General Motors executive Jim Campbell said as he unveiled the prototype of the 2011 Chevy Caprice PPV at IACP. The sleek, rear-wheel drive Caprice will be available in two configurations: a six-cylinder and a 355-hp V8. Chevy promises sub-six second 0-60 acceleration and outstanding fuel economy. The Caprice is built on the same platform as Chevy's new Camaro and it features Active Fuel Management, which drops out four of the engine's eight cylinders when cruising.
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FLIR H-Series Thermal Camera
Mention infrared around any cop and you'll get basically the same reaction: "Cool stuff. But it costs a mint." It used to be that thermal night vision systems were substantially more expensive than light amplification night vision systems. Now that's not necessarily the case. FLIR's new H-Series compact tactical thermal night vision camera lists for $4,999. This system is ideal for law enforcement. It can see people and animals through smoke and fog and in total darkness; it can tell you if a car has been driven by checking the heat of the engine; and it can even help you find a recently discarded and warm weapon at night. Images can be captured on an SD card and downloaded into any computer with a USB connection.
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Fechheimer Vertx Polos with Coldblack
Fechheimer's Vertx brand, pronounced "vur-tex," consists of apparel for tactical operators. A new addition to this line is the company's Action Polo with Coldblack. The Coldblack finish reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's rays, making dark colors feel like light, according to Vertx. Coldblack also provides UV protection of at least 30. Vertx Action Polos are made with a no-fade performance fabric with anti-microbial finish and, despite the name "Coldblack," they come in several colors: navy, black, white, and silver tan. Red is expected to be available in the Spring.
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Freelinc FreeMotion 100
Freelinc's FreeMotion 100 wireless system is a natural fit for covert operations because of its small single ear "headset" that looks like an earpiece many use to talk on a cell phone. A small push-to-talk switch on the earpiece is discreet and easy to use. The system uses Freelinc's Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology to provide secure wireless communication via two-way radio. An assortment of ear wires and gels provide comfort and a secure fit for either the right or left ear. The FreeMotion 100 will operate up to 20 continuous hours on a single charge and can be used with existing FreeLinc systems.
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