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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.

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  • 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.

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Police Product Test: Optical Dynamics OD40 Long Distance Illuminator

Optical Dynamics has created an invaluable flashlight for snipers.

August 08, 2018  |  by A.J. George - Also by this author

The OD40 comes with a zippered nylon case and both red and green filters. There’s also a mounting kit available with dual rings and a remote pressure switch. (Photo: Optical Dynamics)
The OD40 comes with a zippered nylon case and both red and green filters. There’s also a mounting kit available with dual rings and a remote pressure switch. (Photo: Optical Dynamics)

Over the years I have reviewed more flashlights than I can count. They’re a staple of our profession and the technology is ever changing. That being the case when I received my latest T&E from Optical Dynamics I was expecting the next-generation torch, not so much different than those before it. My key mistake was assuming the OD40 Long Distance Illuminator was a run-of-the-mill flashlight. It's not.

Designed for hunters but just as valuable to snipers, Optical Dynamics created the OD40 to fill a role almost no other handheld flashlight can: illuminate targets at extreme distance with almost zero light bleed. This means the beam is ultra condensed, similar to a laser, and the field of illumination is crisply defined.

Weighing in at 13 ounces, including the two CR123 batteries, the OD40 produces a collimated, condensed beam of focused light that is adjustable via the 40mm rotating bezel. At 50 yards the beam is only 27 feet wide. Anything within that beam is crisply illuminated, everything outside is absolutely dark. This means there is no wasted light to reflect back at the operator or illuminate unintended target areas. Optical Dynamics claims a maximum effective range of 200 yards, a runtime of 100 minutes and a diode lifespan of more than 100,000 hours.

OD40 Long Distance Illuminator (Photo: Optical Dynamics)
OD40 Long Distance Illuminator (Photo: Optical Dynamics)

In the hand, the OD40 is definitely hefty and not something I’d use as a duty flashlight, but then again that’s not what it is designed to do. The IPX6 and IPX7 rated body is smooth anodized aluminum with a few machined grooves for grip. The bezel is very stiff and requires quite a bit of effort to rotate but this feature actually comes in handy as it prevents unintended adjustments. I would compare this more to a weapon accessory; once you get it configured and mounted, leave it alone.

The OD40 comes with a zippered nylon case and both red and green filters. There’s also a mounting kit available with dual rings and a remote pressure switch, although the body of the OD40 will fit any 30mm or 1-inch scope ring. If you’re a nighttime hunter, sniper, or even a beat cop with a need for the best possible long-distance illumination tool the OD40 is a true contender.

Optical Dynamics OD40mm Illuminator Kit

Lens Diameter: 40mm

Target Identification: Up to 200 yards

Long Distance Beam: 235 yards

Beam Peak Intensity: 11,633 candelas

Runtime: 100 minutes

Color: Gin Clear

Life of Diode: 100,000 hours

Battery Type: CR123A(x2) Batteries Included

Weight: 13.696 ounces with battery

Mount: Fits 1-inch and 30mm scope rings

Price: $214.99

A.J. George is a sergeant with the Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department assigned to the Technical Operations Unit, Special Investigations Section. He has more than a decade of law enforcement experience in patrol, field training, and traffic enforcement.

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