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Mobile Computing Tools  

November 30, 2011

By David Griffith

In the last decade, law enforcement patrol vehicles have become more like high-tech offices than the old-fashioned prowl cars of the past. Today's officer has more technology in his or her patrol unit than astronauts had in the space shuttle. And like any high-tech office, the new patrol car cabin is built around the presence of a powerful computer.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com</p>

Online Protection for Cops  

November 18, 2011

By Matthew O'Deane

As a public servant you are under constant scrutiny and you are held to a higher standard of ethical conduct than other citizens; this higher standard also covers things like online social networking.

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

POLICE-TREXPO 2011: Tactical Gear  

October 27, 2011

By David Griffith

Each year the manufacturers and distributors of tactical police products display their latest and greatest wares at POLICE-TREXPO. The following is a quick look at some of the coolest items exhibited and demonstrated at POLICE-TREXPO 2011.

<p>Photo: Dell</p>

Mobile Computers: Central Processing Units  

October 24, 2011

By David Griffith

The public safety mobile data customer now needs fast and rugged. That's because of tools like automatic license plate readers (ALPR) and high-end computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems. That software requires state-of-the-art processing power. Fortunately, there are now plenty of computer makers willing and able to supply high-powered mobile computers for law enforcement.

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

Social Media: Online Investigation  

October 17, 2011

By Dean Scoville

Online social networks are already proving themselves invaluable assets to law enforcement. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace provide suspect leads; communities are alerted to missing children and area threats through law enforcement-generated Twitter feeds and e-mail.

<p>Photo: Harris Corp.</p>

Harris Corp.'s BeOn P25 Radio App  

October 10, 2011

By David Griffith

Harris Corp.'s BeOn software app, which was demonstrated at this year's Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) conference in Philadelphia, inexpensively converts an Android smartphone into a push-to-talk (PTT) Project 25 radio.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Learn From the Replay  

October 10, 2011

By Dave Smith

Feedback can come from the officer watching himself on a dashcam or a sergeant telling him he turns his back on a violator every time he keys his mic. This is a lot better than spitting teeth out in the back of an ambulance or worse.

<p>Photo: iStockphoto.com.</p>

World-Class Communications  

September 13, 2011

By Tim Dees

The attack on the Twin Towers and the Hurricane Katrina disaster brought to the forefront the necessity of communications interoperability, or more simply put, being able to talk to each other. Benton County, Wash., has something very close to a model of interoperability in the form of its Southeast Communications Center, known locally as SECOMM.

<p>Photo: Cyalume Technologies.</p>

Follow the Glowing Bread Crumbs  

August 19, 2011

By Melanie Basich

Wouldn't it be great if you could prove a suspect had been at the scene of a crime by following a pathway of telltale glowing light found on his clothing or vehicle after the fact? That's what Cyalume's idIRt can do.

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

Purchasing Equipment: Selling the Brass  

August 2, 2011

By Tim Dees

Everyone has ideas on how to improve their workplace. Sometimes they're even good, workable ideas. You know how you would do things if you were the boss. Fortunately, you don't necessarily have to be the boss to bring your brainchild to reality. You just have to sell it effectively.

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