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Rugged and Ready  

November 1, 2007

By David Griffith

Just know this: The ruggedized computer market is booming. Everyone from soldiers and Marines operating in the Sandbox to construction supervisors building your local strip mall are using these things. That means that a ton of companies are getting into this market and offering a variety of different models, and it will pay to shop around.

Cutting Out the Chase  

November 1, 2007

By Gary Montecuollo

Now, emerging technologies may offer a solution once thought impossible: to stop a fleeing violator quickly, yet safely.

More Than Semi-Tough  

October 1, 2007

By David Griffith

There are reasons why Panasonic is the world's leader in the production and sale of ruggedized notebooks for law enforcement, the military, and business. One, Panasonic is a huge company with lots of resources for research and development. Two, the company has a strong reputation for quality and ergonomic design. And three, Panasonic just makes excellent products.

TREXPO East 2007: Hitting the Books and Each Other  

October 1, 2007

By David Griffith

The conference portion of the 2007 TREXPO East offered a little bit of something for every attendee. Once primarily SWAT oriented, the TREXPO conference now includes classes of interest to tactical medics, SWAT operators, patrol officers, and gang officers.

You Can Own the Night  

October 1, 2007

By André M. Dall’au

The greatest challenge that any chief or sheriff faces when deciding to equip his or her officers with night vision is how to justify the cost. No doubt the powers that be—meaning the bean counters—will see NV gear as exotic and expensive toys with little or no use in everyday police work. Nothing could be further from the truth. While NV stuff can be pricey; it can also quite literally be a life-saver.

Can We Talk?  

October 1, 2007

By Steve Ashley

You've heard a lot about interoperability in the last few years. Here's a quick look at what's being done to make it easier for everybody in public safety to communicate when something really smelly hits the fan.

An Eye for Trouble  

October 1, 2007

By Melanie Hamilton and Dean Scoville

We've all heard the occasional grumbling from officers who feel cameras in their patrol cars are tools for the brass to spy on them. But we've also no doubt heard reports of in-car video revealing criminals' true colors in court, and effectively sealing their fates. The following is a sampling of mobile video systems that will back you up on the stand.

Announcing PoliceMag.com Version 2.0  

June 1, 2007

By David Griffith

As much as the Internet is savaged as a venue for pornography, gambling, and cybercrime, the World Wide Web is by far the most efficient information gathering tool ever invented. Historians a century from now may consider it more important in the expansion of human knowledge than the development of the movable type press.

Working Informants  

May 1, 2007

By Dan Pasquale

Informants can provide a wealth of information. However, that information can come at a price if you’re not careful how you deal with them. Too many officers fall into a few common traps with informants, leading to bad cases, blown operations or personal complaints against them.

Mobile Data Solutions  

May 1, 2007

By David Griffith

Perhaps the greatest change in law enforcement technology over the last decade has been the rapid proliferation of computers into patrol cars. The average patrol officer can now be dispatched to a call, write up reports, and receive critical alerts on his or her car computer.

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