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<p>Often a citizen video only shows the force, not the inciting event and certainly not the totality of circumstances. (Photo: Carla Blazek)</p>

The Totality of Circumstances  

January 28, 2016

By Greg Meyer

People pass instant judgment on officers' actions on video without seeming to know anything about the investigation and analysis that necessarily includes policy, training, and the laws that govern police use of force.

<p>FLIR Detection&#39;s Fido X2 quickly identifies trace explosives and has a large screen to display results and show training videos. (Photo: FLIR Detection)</p>

The Mechanical Nose Knows  

January 28, 2016

By Melanie Basich

Law enforcement can use the Fido X2 for first-level screening at security checkpoints or during high alert stages to detect explosive residue on vehicles and personal belongings and get results within 10 seconds.

<p>The ReconRobotics Throwbot can run ahead of a team to provide valuable intel.<em> Photo via Recon Robotics</em></p>

Police Robots on Land and Sea  

December 28, 2015

By David Griffith

Some of the top police and sheriff's departments in this country have fielded robots for a variety of tasks since the 1990s. But we are now seeing a broad expansion of the types of robot tools available to law enforcement and a reimagining of what they can do.

<p><em>Photo courtesy of Fechheimer</em></p>

IACP 2015: Report from the Aisles  

December 28, 2015

By Melanie Basich

The show floor of this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference held in Chicago, Oct. 25-27, again was dominated by body-worn cameras and related software and hardware. 

Police Radios Transition into a New Era  

November 17, 2015

By David Griffith

Although they aren't as sexy as the other contemporary tools of law enforcement that make more headlines like body-worn cameras and high-tech forensics equipment, no technology is more vital to your mission than your communications equipment.

Traffic and Speed Enforcement  

November 17, 2015

By Melanie Basich

Here you'll find a list of tools that will help you catch dangerous speeders in the act.

LE Software  

October 29, 2015

By Melanie Basich

These high-tech programs simplify your workflow and make doing your job easier.

Vehicle Mounts  

October 29, 2015

By Melanie Basich

Looking for a new vehicle mount for your tablet or laptop? Take a look at one of these options. 

Computers Built Cop Tough  

October 29, 2015

By David Griffith

Agencies wishing to avoid downtime and the cost of re-installing software into their devices now can choose from a wide variety of makes and models of rugged and semi-rugged machines from a number of different makers. Here's a look at some devices that are probably not 100% cop proof but can take a beating.

<p>Photo: Pryme</p>

Police Product Test: Pryme NEP-BH Bone Mic/Headset  

September 30, 2015

By A.J. George

This could easily be mistaken for a music earbud and makes this a great system for undercover work. The microphone can be activated by either the remote push-to-talk switch or the main button on the radio itself.

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