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

21st Century Surveillance  

December 20, 2012

Revolutionary progress in the world of technology has enabled numerous changes in the techniques police officers use to identify, track, and make cases against suspects.

<p>Photo courtesy of Harris Corp.</p>

Harris Corp.'s InTouch RPC-200 Smartphone  

November 23, 2012

Like all other Android smartphones, the InTouch can also run apps, including Harris' BeOn push-to-talk app. Unlike other smartphones, the InTouch is designed to survive rough duty.

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

Tablets: The Handheld Option  

November 15, 2012

To capitalize on the explosion of interest in handheld computers, plenty of companies have launched new tablets, including many specifically designed for police work. These devices are still new, but they are expected to have a major impact on public safety technology.

<p>Photo courtesy of PlateSmart.</p>

PlateSmart's LPR Software  

October 23, 2012

PlateSmart is a software-only solution that costs substantially less than other LPR systems because it does not require dedicated hardware and special cameras.

<p>Applied Concepts&#39; Stalker Lidar LR. Photo: Applied Concepts</p>

Lidar Technology Comes of Age  

September 21, 2012

Some two decades after its arrival, the speed laser is rapidly becoming a commodity. POLICE Magazine gathered all of the most recent arrivals and spent weeks evaluating their performance, utility, and user-friendliness. Then they were placed in service with a local PD for one week each.

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

Police Product Test: Streamlight Sidewinder Compact II Flashlight  

September 20, 2012

Designed to be purpose mounted for hands-free use, either on a helmet or other gear, this light has four high-discharge LED bulbs that produce more than ample working light.

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

Police Product Test: FLIR Systems BHS Thermal Camera and Recorder  

September 20, 2012

The BHS series Bi-Ocular System's rugged design allows heavy use in all climates, so it can be used by any agency, any time of year. Because it's all weather sealed, the unit is even submersible when fitted with one of three quick connect lenses (35mm, 65mm, 100mm).

<p>Photo courtesy of FLEOA.</p>

Hobbling Our Investigations  

September 18, 2012

Some elected officials seem compelled to introduce legislation aimed at protecting the rights of suspected criminals while impeding our investigations.

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12 Really Cool New Police Products  

August 10, 2012

Here's a look at some products that really impressed or intrigued the POLICE staff in the last 12 months or so. Most are new. Some are just new to us.

<p>Photo courtesy of Spillman.</p>

How to Work with a Public Safety Software Vendor  

August 8, 2012

Knowing how to build and maintain a good relationship with your public safety software vendor will help your agency get the most out of its software system and help it serve the public in the most efficient way possible.

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