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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

An exceeding number of police departments and law enforcement agencies, whose officers spend upwards of 3-4 hours a day completing incident reports and other time-sensitive paperwork*, are turning to smarter tools, such as speech recognition solutions, to help transform their police reporting workflows.

Join us on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET to hear why these law enforcement professionals are embracing smarter tools to complete higher-quality reports and move mission-critical information within the CAD/RMS faster and more efficiently – all by voice.

This discussion will provide you with an understanding of:

  • What law enforcement has to say about current reporting processes
  • Why officers, especially recruits, want smarter tools to help with police paperwork
  • Why manual reporting has a negative impact on report accuracy and productivity and can hinder criminal proceedings
  • How departments can speed up data entry within the CAD/RMs and move mission-critical information more accurately and efficiently
  • How speech recognition technology can help increase officer safety and improve situational awareness and productivity on patrol
  • Why embracing smarter technology increases community visibility, and minimizes costs

Learn how your department can make incident reporting faster, safer and more complete by registering for our webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks and user radio equipment have been the cornerstone of mobile communications for First Responders for decades. The trend from traditional analog to more robust wireless broadband networks in recent years has improved the overall accessibility but questions remain on whether the new networks can provide all the required capabilities First Responders need to do their job.

Increasing demand for bandwidth intensive applications such as video, advanced mapping and analytics, alongside critical voice communications has been driving adoption of broadband LTE cellular networks, such as FirstNet.

Join our panel of industry experts for this insightful 60-minute on-demand webinar as they discuss the critical differences between LMR networks and LTE networking, how these technologies can successfully co-exist, and explore the future of critical communications for First Responders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Current and future industry trends for LTE and LMR technologies
  • Challenges and obstacles with the convergence of technologies
  • Real-life examples of successful hybrid communication strategies for First Responders
  • Recommendations for future proofing your agency; adoption of new technologies and how to bridge the gap


Tony Morris, VP North American Sales, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Jesus Gonzalez, Analyst II, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Andrew Seybold, Senior Partner, Andrew Seybold Inc.

Reviews : Police Product Test

Police Product Test: FLIR Systems BHS Thermal Camera and Recorder

This rugged device captures still photos and video in any environment, including total darkness.

September 20, 2012  |  by Cody Dikeman

Photo: Mark W. Clark
Photo: Mark W. Clark

FLIR Systems has been designing thermal imagers since 1978 and has been an industry leader for many of those years. I was happy to be able to test and evaluate one of its newer products, the BHS series Bi-Ocular Handheld Thermal Camera and Video Recorder, which is a handheld system specifically designed for law enforcement use.

The BHS series Bi-Ocular System's rugged design allows heavy use in all climates, so it can be used by any agency, any time of year. Because it's all weather sealed, the unit is even submersible when fitted with one of three quick connect lenses (35mm, 65mm, 100mm). And the thermal device has the capability to easily overcome obscurants such as dust, smoke, total darkness, light fog, and foliage.

This camera features 2x and 4x zoom capabilities, long battery life, and an ability to run on rechargeable or AA batteries. Its ergonomic ambidextrous design allows easy access to display brightness, white hot/black hot display, capture button, and zoom. Additionally, the BHS series could be fielded for approximately two days on the standby mode before needing recharging, as opposed to 4 to 6 hours while turning it on and off.

I was impressed with the BHS Series device's camera and video capability. I experimented with the video and snapshots in an underground tunnel in total darkness. While conducting a sweep for evidence after an armed suspect had been located inside, I was able to quickly capture high fidelity pictures and store them on a removable SD card. They were very clear and the pictures and video obtained were rapidly transferred to the PC using the USB 2.0 connection. The device’s use as a camera in law enforcement proved to be a valuable tool.

I would like to add that, having been deployed overseas, I understand the benefit of layering your observation platforms. Any device has limitations and capabilities that another might not have. Using multiple types of devices will speed the process of identification and increase officer safety.

If I had to change anything about this product it would be the manual focus. It is useful and precise if you have time to focus it. However, the amount of time to refocus is significant. In an environment where you need to repeatedly change focus from objects near and far this could become problematic. But this could be mitigated by layering your observation platforms, including designating someone to simply use his or her eyes.

Overall, I found FLIR's Bi-Ocular Handheld Thermal Camera and Video Recorder to be a valuable law enforcement tool.

FLIR BHS Bi-Ocular Handheld Thermal Camera and Video Recorder Specs:

Thermal Technology: Micro bolometer sensor for increased image clarity

Construction: Rugged design for the demands of law enforcement operations

Lenses: Interchangeable quick connect lenses 35mm, 65mm, 100mm

Modes: White hot or Black hot display

Zoom: 2X and 4X

Display Brightness: Five settings

Interface Capability: USB 2.0 Connection or SD card—Rapid transfer of images and video from camera to a PC

Upgrades: Software upgrades in the field via SD card

Price: $6,089 starting price; lenses for $2,000–$5,000

Cody Dikeman has been on the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department SWAT team for 10 years and is a Marine Corps combat veteran.

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