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<p>Photo: Zetx</p>

Trax from Zetx: Visual Analysis  

July 17, 2014

By Melanie Basich

Have you ever had to sift through spreadsheets of data looking for that needle in a haystack that will help solve your case? Trax software from Zetx recognizes cell phone data in any format from any provider and uses it to map the cell towers, create visuals of call information, highlight callers' habits, and even autofill search warrants. And it's simple enough that any officer can use it. 

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

Radios: Your Lifeline is Evolving  

June 22, 2014

By David Griffith and Mark Clark

Officers have come to rely on both their in-car and portable radios for critical intelligenc. Here's a look at some trends in police communications today and some evolving technologies that will radically change them in the near future.

<p>Photo: Motorola</p>

Police Product Test: Motorola Mission Critical Bluetooth Earpiece  

May 16, 2014

By A.J. George

Motorola's new Mission Critical Bluetooth Earpiece is what I would call the cutting edge of communications equipment. It thoroughly addresses both of the problems I had with my first rig.

<p>Photo: Genetec</p>

LPR Under Fire  

April 17, 2014

By David Griffith

Many state legislators are listening to the ACLU and others who want to rein in LPR operations. New Hampshire already bans the use of the technology except at toll stations, and other states are considering legislation that to some degree would change the way agencies use LPR.

<p>Photo courtesy of MILO Range</p>

Training Outside of the Box  

March 21, 2014

By David Griffith

The contemporary use-of-force simulator scenario has become much more of an immersive and realistic experience for the student. All of this technological innovation has led agencies and instructors to re-examine the ways they are using simulators for both recruit and in-service training.

Police Cell Phones and Social Media  

March 20, 2014

By Michael Doyle

Unbelievable as it may sound, this was probably the first recorded tactical law enforcement call-out conducted over Facebook. Even though I rarely use Facebook, I knew my officers did and better yet they monitored it. The call-out was successful and the suspect was apprehended.

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

Cell Phones on Duty  

March 17, 2014

By Michael Doyle

Most cops can readily agree a cell phone is perhaps the best new tool an officer can have during his or her patrol shift. Whether it is used to call a victim, a barricaded suspect, or a detective on a major case, a cell phone is a vital asset to the patrol officer.

<p>Photo courtesy of StarChase</p>

Pursuit Tracking  

March 14, 2014

By David Griffith

The StarChase system uses a patrol car-mounted launcher to shoot a GPS tracking device at a fleeing vehicle. Officers can catch up to the vehicle later without speeding after it.

<p>PHOTO: Ocean Systems. Fort Wayne detectives upload a file using Ocean Systems&#39; solution for video analysis.</p>

Creative Financing for Ocean Systems' Solution  

March 6, 2014

By David Griffith

Helmsing sought and received approval from his superiors to approach local business users of surveillance video and ask them for donations for the Ocean Systems' equipment. "Banks and credit unions are big users of surveillance video so we started with them," Helmsing says.

AngelTrax's VizuCop 360 In-Car Video  

February 25, 2014

By David Griffith

In-car video is one of the most mature markets in contemporary law enforcement with numerous established companies all struggling for their piece of the pie. So it's not every day that a new player enters this arena. But that's exactly what Newton, Ala.-based AngelTrax expects to do some time around the end of March with its VizuCop 360 system.

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