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<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.

<p>Brite-Strike&#39;s PIISA</p>

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.

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

On-Body Video: A Double-Edged Sword  

July 16, 2012

Until recently the technology was limited to traffic stops and perhaps some critical incidents. Now, video can be used to document every aspect of a law enforcement officer's shift. But the question that each agency has to answer remains: Is that a good thing?

<p>Photo courtesy of&nbsp;RedXDefense.</p>

RedXDefense's XCAT Chemical Detector  

July 1, 2012

RedXDefense's new XCAT is a narcotics, explosives, and gunshot residue detection system that was developed as the law enforcement version of the company's portable military explosive detector.

<p>Photo courtesy of Tactical Electronics.</p>

Police Product Test: Tactical Electronics LPSS3 Pole Camera  

June 21, 2012

The LPSS3 really set itself apart from the other pole cams I have tested. Its ability to remain small until deployed at the desired length and its lightweight composite material translate into less burden on the operator.

<p>Photo: Paul Clinton</p>

Wasting Emergency Assets  

June 7, 2012

Something like 38% of all 911 calls in New York City are now attributed to the phenomenon known as "butt-dialing." The New York City 911 operators receive 10.4 million calls a year and nearly 4 million of them are accidental. And the Big Apple is not alone in suffering from this problem. It's a nationwide plague caused by a little-known cellphone feature.

Getting the Word Out  

May 25, 2012

Law enforcement agencies will soon have access to the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a voluntary emergency alerting system developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the FCC, and wireless carriers.

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