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Smartphone Apps for Cops  

January 6, 2011

By Tim Dees

The cops who came before you had to rely on plastic-coated reference cards and notebooks stuffed in their shirt pockets, and maybe you do to some degree as well. Still, there's no reason not to take advantage of the amazing and relatively cheap computing power of a smartphone to use while on patrol.

IACP 2010: Best of Show  

December 22, 2010

By Melanie Basich and David Griffith

Every International Association of Chiefs of Police show kind of has its own vibe. Last year's show in Denver was all about vehicles. This year's show was much more subdued but there was still plenty of cool stuff on the show floor.

Surveillance Technology: An End to Stakeouts?  

December 14, 2010

By Tim Dees

Modern surveillance techniques still use the old methods, but technology can make the process both easier and more likely to yield good results.

Make Your Arm a Stun Weapon  

December 7, 2010

By David Griffith

ArmStar's futuristic new stun weapon could make hands-on engagements with suspects really one-sided in your favor.

21st Century Riot Control Tools  

November 29, 2010

By David Griffith

A few weeks before last year's G20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, anarchists and agitators cringed as they read about heat rays, sonic disruptors, mass TASERs, malodorants, and other new riot control technologies that would supposedly make their debut during the economic summit.

Software: It's Nothing Without the Code  

November 16, 2010

By Tim Dees

It's easy to forget the work that goes into making gadgets do what they do, those ones and zeroes that comprise their software. Here's a look at software that you can use right now on the job.

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By comparing the size and shape of the incendiary devices in this arson case, video analysis yielded definitive proof that the suspect held the same items in the video.

Video Analysis: Caught on Camera  

October 28, 2010

By Melanie Basich

Ocean Systems' dTective is a video analysis software suite devoted to the task, which the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Texas routinely uses to run one of four regional labs across the country dedicated to retrieving and processing video evidence.

In-Car Computers: Upgrade or Replace?  

September 28, 2010

By Tim Dees

Much of this decision depends on what make and model of computer you have, what is broken, and/or what you need the computer to do that it isn't able to do now. Sometimes you can do a transplant, and in other situations the best thing is to let it go and give it a decent burial.

Electronic Privacy on the Job  

September 3, 2010

By Devallis Rutledge

Increasingly, law enforcement agencies issue electronic communication and information equipment to employees for their use in performing official duties. Access to and use and monitoring of the information stored or transmitted by means of such devices may be subject to a variety of employer policies, state and federal statutes, constitutional provisions, and case law.

The mobile patrol tool in Thinkstream's Integrated Justice returns vehicle and suspect information in seconds and displays it in an easily read format.

Database Linguist  

August 16, 2010

By David Griffith

Thinkstream has now connected the databases of 64 parish sheriffs and 200-plus police departments. Integrated Justice allows each agency to control how much data it is willing to share with its neighbors.

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