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Raytheon’s First Responder mobile communications system is made for crisis situations.

IACP 2002: Best of Show  

December 1, 2002

Large trade shows can be overwhelming for everyone involved. They are a blur of seminars, awards banquets, industry schmooze sessions, and aisle after aisle of exhibits and demonstrations.

A High-Tech Spin on Counterfeiting  

December 1, 2002

In this age of technology, counterfeiting has become an even easier and more lucrative operation. Many gangs have realized this and take full advantage of such "business opportunities."

Beating the Power Crunch  

December 1, 2002

Electrical demands are a major concern with law enforcement vehicles. This was true with early police vehicles when lighting, electro-mechanical "growler" sirens, and two-way radios severely taxed automotive electrical systems, and it's true today when high-tech lightbars, mobile data terminals, video cameras, and other power-hungry gadgets have become standard equipment.

Video Surveillance and Interrogation Techniques  

November 1, 2002

Interview and interrogation rooms at police departments are often set up with covert video and audio. The advantage of a covert installation is that oftentimes suspects, victims, and witnesses are less likely to speak openly if they are aware that the interview is recorded.

Video cameras can be very useful in law enforcement applications. Video of a riot shot by the Boulder (Colo.) Police.

Moving Pictures  

November 1, 2002

While all components of crime scene investigation are important, visual documentation stands out as the most effective tool for describing and recreating a crime scene.

Snatched! Rescuing Stolen Kids  

October 1, 2002

To anyone casually tuning into American TV or perusing a major U.S. newspaper, it looked like the country had been beset by an epidemic of kidnapped children.

Finding a Face in the Crowd  

October 1, 2002

A security guard looks at the images on the screen in front of him: a video capture of a clean-shaven man with close-cropped hair next to a mugshot of a convicted American drug dealer with a beard and shaggy long hair. They look different, but the guard confirms they are definitely the same man. In minutes, the positively identified man is apprehended.

Fools Rush In  

September 1, 2002

Then you see them, casualties. Many of them, grotesquely motionless, obscured by the low hanging mist.

The Fifth Element  

August 1, 2002

Welcome to the new battleground. Called "fifth-dimensional battlespace," it takes the old three-dimensional battlefield (the spatial dimensions of length, width, height or depth of an area), and the temporal dimension of time, and adds the fifth dimension of cyberspace.

Hardened Systems  

June 1, 2002

Mobile computing technology is changing the way law enforcement officers approach their jobs. It has freed them from in-house report writing and the tedious business of conveying messages through a dispatcher. It puts state and national databases at their fingertips, thereby decreasing wait time for critical information from 15 minutes to as little as 10 seconds. And it has increased officer productivity by as much as 50 percent.

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