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IACP 2004: Best of Show

The primary focus of this year’s chiefs’ show was how to get the most out of available resources.

December 01, 2004  |  by - Also by this author

Head-to-Toe Tac Clothes

Dramatically expanding its product line, 5.11 Tactical now offers a variety of law enforcement apparel, from undergarments to boots and everything in between. 5.11's new boots feature the company's Shock Mitigation System, designed to deliver speed, stability, and comfort in a lightweight boot. Waterproof and breathable, the 5.11 HRT boot features Kevlar side panels for stability and support and is available in black or desert sand. ATAC, 5.11's all-terrain, all-condition boot, is made of polishable black leather and comes in an eight-inch side-zip model and a five-inch low boot. The eight-inch model features a hidden side pocket and a curved YKK zipper so they can be easily taken on and off. The company also now makes a line of undercover apparel, including jackets that conceal zip-off cargo pockets and Velcro accessory pouches for weapons and gear, as well as breakaway ties. Shirts in three fits comprise 5.11's Undergear line, available in black, tan, OD green, and black. A variety of jackets, rain pants, reflective vests, and black nylon bags are also new to the company's lineup.

Interactive Instruction

The Interactive Training and Evaluation Classroom (iTEC) from Advanced Interactive Systems brings interactive training to the classroom with software that allows anyone to convert a simple PowerPoint or video presentation into an interactive lesson. A presenter can track and record participants' responses to true/false, multiple choice, or numeric questions in real time during a training session. Hundreds of participants can interact with the system at once by responding to questions via keypads.

Dressing for Disaster

The new Tychem CPF3 HD Garment from DuPont Personal Protection has been tested against 110 chemicals and prevents contamination by chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. This new suit is made to better accommodate respirators and is easier to get into and out of. Integrated gloves save time and eliminate the need for tape to close the vulnerable gap between glove and suit. The pre-attached gloves provide protection against chemical agents while delivering a high level of tactility and dexterity. A law enforcement-specific model in a dark gray color will be available in the first quarter of 2005.

Wireless Simulation

Based on FATS' Bluetooth technology, the Bluefire product line from FATS lets officers conduct interactive use-of-force training with a wireless firearm simulator, allowing realistic freedom of movement not possible with tethered systems. Bluefire uses real firearms converted into training weapons so they feel and work just like the real McCoys. Other realistic features of this technology include required magazine reloading and a refillable nitrogen cartridge that provides recoil. The various FATS virtual training scenarios available for these weapons provide accurate, real-time diagnostics, including point-of-aim, weapon status, trigger pressure, and cant. The Bluefire Glock 17 weapon simulator is now available. FATS is currently developing Bluefire simulators for the M16, M4, Beretta M9, SigP226, and Walter P99QA.

Next-Gen Patrol Bike

New to the law enforcement market, Honda showcased its ST1300P motorcycle for police at IACP. It's being used now in pilot programs at select law enforcement agencies and will be available nationwide in early 2005. Among the motorcycle's features are a new special patrol speedometer graduated in 2-mph increments above 10 mph and a motor-driven adjustable windscreen that offers customizable wind protection and comfort. Various specialized brackets for lights, sirens, electronic equipment, and additional brackets on the engine guards allow room for equipment and accessories.

Honda showcased its ST1300P

Interactive Training Multitasker

Designed as an all-encompassing training system, MILO, from IES, is a small, portable computer that law enforcement can use to create interactive training on the range, in the classroom, or in any filmed scenario. Plug-in options customize the system to meet each agency's needs, with the ability to conduct teaching programs as well as traditional test-only programs. MILO's course designer software allows agencies to create interactive courses that can be used for presentations, classroom training and testing, firearms training, and use-of-force training. An agency can also record its own training demonsration videos and add its own test questions throughout to present in training sessions to officers.

All-encompassing training system, called MILO, from IES

Versatile Road Radar

Available in a stationary or moving directional radar model, the Stalker II from Applied Concepts improves upon the company's popular Stalker model with more versatility. Like its predecessor, Stalker II uses direction-sensing technology that detects whether a vehicle is moving toward or away from the radar. Now, this technology is available in a handheld radar gun. Stalker II can also automatically distinguish between faster or slower same-lane targets in moving mode without a slower key and can simultaneously track targets closing and going away. In addition to these features, a full-function remote control provides direct access to operator settings and a quick lock-and-release detachable handle system allows the operator to swap battery handles in seconds. An optional motorcycle kit is also available.

Tactical Underwear for Women

Under Armour's women's tactical gear was designed specifically for women. The new line includes T-shirts, compression shorts, leggings, and even a sports bra. Garments include coldgear for cold weather, heatgear for hot weather, and loosegear for loose-fitting comfort. All products are made of combinations of Nylour, Polyarmour, and Elastane to provide moisture wicking, temperature regulation, and flexibility for overall comfort. Seams are sewn and strategically placed for minimal friction. The entire line is available in black, olive, and army brown.

Customizable Pistol

Beretta took the wraps off a new duty pistol at IACP. The new PX4 Storm is a modular handgun with adjustable backstraps. Available in 9mm and .40 S&W, the PX4 Storm's trigger mechanism can be set to single action/double action or double-action only with a variety of manual safety and de-cocker options. The 7.6-inch semi-auto weighs about 28 ounces empty.

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