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10 Top Law Enforcement Apps  

August 5, 2011

By Paul Clinton

POLICE Magazine has identified 10 smartphone apps that provide potent tools for patrol officers. These 10 law enforcement apps should keep you engaged in your investigations and may just save you a trip back to the station.

<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.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Zuma Press.</strong></em></p>

Improving Communications After the Tucson Shootings  

July 18, 2011

By Bryn Bailer

The Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson may have drawn interest toward law enforcement in Arizona's second-largest city, but another incident that highlighted the need to improve public safety communications for agencies across the entire nation occurred much earlier: on 9/11.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Pensacola PD.</strong></em></p>

Wireless Surveillance: A Force Multiplier  

July 15, 2011

By Rodney Bosch

The Pensacola (Fla.) Police Department's point-to-point wireless network replaced a limited wireless public video surveillance system. The system surmounted topography hurdles to ensure a clear line of sight for multiple cameras back to a single collection point.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Amaury Murgado.</strong></em></p>

The Threat of Technology  

July 11, 2011

By Amaury Murgado

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

<p><strong><em>Photo: L-3 Mobile-Vision.</em></strong></p>

L-3 Mobile-Vision's V-One In-Car Computer  

July 5, 2011

By David Griffith

The engineers and designers at L-3 Mobile-Vision had a clear mission when they started to develop the company's next generation of mobile computers. They wanted to incorporate many of the best features of consumer computers-ergonomic design, fast processors, and abundant connectivity-into a high-end fully rugged mobile system.

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

Flashlight Technology  

June 13, 2011

By Tim Dees

To the casual observer, a discussion of "flashlight technology" seems like gilding the lily. You push a button, a light comes on; you push it again, the light goes off. Today, our flashlights use a wide variety of power sources and types of illumination, and generally cost a lot more than the $1.98 one would pay for a two-cell light at the hardware store.

Evidence Collection Tools  

May 24, 2011

By Melanie Basich

These seven companies provide the tools that ease the burden of evidence collection at crime scenes.

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

Fortifying Police Stations  

May 16, 2011

By Ronnie Garrett

Police administrations can implement a variety of technologies to beef-up police facility security. While cameras are often top of mind in every police facility—even the old and outdated ones—many other technologies exist to monitor and secure these buildings.

<p><em><strong>Sur-Tec's VP Covert Audio and GPS software runs on the Windows Mobile Platform and replaces RF body wires. Photo: Sur-Tec.<br /></strong></em></p>

Secret Agent: Sur-Tec's VP Covert App  

May 3, 2011

By David Griffith

Sur-Tec's VP Covert Audio and GPS software suite is a patented surreptitious listening tool for law enforcement that allows an undercover officer or CI to stream live audio and GPS to one or more computers. The mobile application element of the software runs in the background on the user's smartphone.

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