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POLICE - TREXPO East New and Improved

Vendors showed the latest and greatest police hardware in Baltimore.

October 01, 2002  |  by - Also by this author

TREXPO attendees were drawn to the Heckler & Koch booth by the new 9mm UMP.

A wide variety of new or refined police products was the highlight of the TREXPO East trade show and conference held Aug. 12-15 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The biggest news of the show was an announcement from Textron that it is developing a new police tactical vehicle based on the venerable Cadillac Gage Peacekeeper I armored car. No prototype of the vehicle was available in time for the show, but Textron says the Peacekeeper II is being developed specifically for police. The 70mph Peacekeeper II boasts half-inch thick armor that can stop an AK-47 round, run-flat tires, a 300hp diesel engine, and accommodates an eight-person tactical team.

Other vehicles on the show floor included the GM Defense MARS (Mobile Adjustable Ramp System) models, which feature Patriot 3 ramps. The display for these vehicles vividly demonstrated their capabilities with the extendible Patriot 3 ramps placed in position to insert a tactical team into a mockup of a multi-story building.

Mobile command centers from AK Specialty Vehicles were another popular display on the show floor. One of the most topical exhibits at TREXPO East was the Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department Mobile Communications Center from AK. The massive truck trailer unit was deployed during the investigation of the recent abduction and murder of Samantha Runnion.

One of the hits of TREXPO East was the improved version of the Range 3000 simulator from IES Interactive Training. The new XP4 version of the Range 3000 takes full advantage of the capabilities of a 1.7GHz Pentium processor for increasingly realistic scenario training. It also features a trigger pull pressure graph system, so that instructors can map improvements in their students' shooting techniques.

Attendees enjoyed putting the IES Range 3000 through its paces.

TREXPO East also saw the arrival of a new player in the U.S. body armor market. ArmorShield, the supplier of ballistic vests to the British military, has teamed up with a major U.S. defense contractor to market its products in the States. On display at TREXPO East were models of ArmorShield's tactical and covert armor, as well as its ballistic flotation vest. ArmorShield's ballistic flotation vest is a waterproof NIJ certified 3A ballistic vest that is rated as a personal flotation device by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Officers inspect ArmorShield ballistic vests.

Another piece of equipment that's sure to find its way into the equipment lockers of some well-heeled tactical teams is the Viking ST self-contained breathing apparatus from International Safety Instruments (ISI). This SCBA comes in tactical black and was developed after ISI conducted numerous interviews with law enforcement specialists and officers. The Viking ST offers hands-free, two-way radio communications; a low-profile mask for maneuvering in tight quarters; and a lighted in-mask readout that indicates the air pressure status.

ISI’s Viking ST is a self-contained breathing apparatus designed for SWAT officers.

As always at tactical conferences, hydration was a big product category on the show floor at TREXPO East. Camelbak showed its new TransFormer model, a 102-ounce system that comes in a backpack that can be adapted to fit 950 cubic inches of cargo, including communications equipment.

Blackhawk Industries also showed an innovative hydration product. The company has developed a gas mask adapter kit for its HydraStorm hydration system. Designed for use in OC and CS environments, the kit allows officers to drink safely without breaking the seals on their masks.

In the category of personal equipment, vendors at TREXPO East offered a variety of new products. ESS is now marketing the Profile NVG goggles. These low-profile goggles are designed for use with night vision equipment and feature anti-fog lenses and foam vents for improved air flow.

Royal Robbins debuted its 5.11 tactical vest at TREXPO East. The 5.11 tactical vest is a perfect companion to the company's 5.11 tactical pants. Constructed out of the same rugged cotton/canvas material as the 5.11 tactical pants, the 5.11 tactical vest features ambidextrous concealed carry pockets, a document pocket, ammo pockets, mag pockets, and interior belt loops to secure the vest in place and conceal a sidearm. Prices start at $59.

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