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<p>Photo by Mark W. Clark.</p>

Police Product Test: LifeProof iPhone 4S Case  

March 23, 2013

By David Griffith

I tested a police blue LifeProof case on my iPhone 4S for a month for this review. And I tortured the thing. It's klutz proof and I believe it's also cop proof.

<p>Photo courtesy of Palo Alto PD.</p>

Social Media Ridealongs  

March 20, 2013

By Dean Scoville

Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.

<p>Photo courtesy of Night Vision Depot.</p>

20 Things You Need to Know About Night Vision  

March 14, 2013

By David Griffith

Night vision tools are less ubiquitous in law enforcement, but as prices fall, they are becoming more common. Yet many law enforcement officers are still confused about what night vision can and can't do and what they need to know before buying it.

<p>Photo courtesy of Chico (Calif.) PD.</p>

Electronic Evidence Management  

February 22, 2013

By Bob Galvin

Managing evidence is one of law enforcement's most critical tasks. Automating evidence management enables property room personnel to know where their evidence is and why.

<p>Photo courtesy of QuiqLite.</p>

The QuiqLiteX Hands-Free Flashlight  

February 20, 2013

By Melanie Basich

QuiqLiteX puts out from 20 to 150 lumens for the dual white LED version and from 20 to 75 lumens for the colored  options: tactical red and white, and blue and white.

High-Definition Imaging  

February 8, 2013

By David Griffith

One of the nation's most ambitious ALPR programs is in operation in Orange County, Calif. The countywide ALPR effort involves 50 vehicle-mounted ALPR units from Vigilant Solutions spread across 24 agencies.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

21st Century Surveillance  

December 20, 2012

By Dean Scoville

Revolutionary progress in the world of technology has enabled numerous changes in the techniques police officers use to identify, track, and make cases against suspects.

<p>Photo courtesy of Harris Corp.</p>

Harris Corp.'s InTouch RPC-200 Smartphone  

November 23, 2012

Like all other Android smartphones, the InTouch can also run apps, including Harris' BeOn push-to-talk app. Unlike other smartphones, the InTouch is designed to survive rough duty.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Tablets: The Handheld Option  

November 15, 2012

By Melanie Basich

To capitalize on the explosion of interest in handheld computers, plenty of companies have launched new tablets, including many specifically designed for police work. These devices are still new, but they are expected to have a major impact on public safety technology.

<p>Photo courtesy of PlateSmart.</p>

PlateSmart's LPR Software  

October 23, 2012

By David Griffith

PlateSmart is a software-only solution that costs substantially less than other LPR systems because it does not require dedicated hardware and special cameras.

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