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<p>Tactical communications systems include over-the-ear headsets with boom mics.</p>

Mission Critical Conversations  

March 27, 2012

The Columbine High School massacre underscored what can happen when tactical teams cannot communicate. Fast-forward 13 years, and such incompatibility still exists for many tactical teams, particularly those in mid-size to small departments.

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

Tactical Cameras Are a Force Multiplier  

March 20, 2012

In recent years technology has come to the aid of tactical police units to help them gain better intel and counter their adversaries' tactical advantages.

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

New Restrictions on GPS Tracking  

March 5, 2012

Police use of technology to catch criminals makes the U.S. Supreme Court nervous, as was evident in the recent Jones decision. In the absence of a recognized basis for a warrantless search, Jones does mean that a warrant must be obtained for installation andmonitoring of a GPS tracker on a suspect's vehicle.

<p>Robots provide SWAT teams, bomb squads, HazMat units,&nbsp;and other emergency response personnel with situational awareness in dangerous scenarios.</p>

Robots at the Ready  

March 2, 2012

The Greensboro (N.C.) Police Department ended a stand-off with a naked man using two tactical robots, after neighbors called 911 to report he was standing on his porch with a firearm, calling to God.

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

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?  

February 22, 2012

Many experts say the smartphone will not become a truly viable law enforcement tool until a new high-speed data (LTE) system for public safety is in place. But even with the current commercial cellular data system smartphones are playing a major role in law enforcement operations.

<p>Photo: ASP</p>

ASP Triad Flashlight: Recharge On the Go  

February 22, 2012

As its name implies, the ASP Triad USB uses a Micro USB port to make charging the lithium-ion-powered duty light a snap anywhere. If you have your cell phone charger with you—as most of us always do—you have a way to recharge your flashlight, even at home or while traveling.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Computer Forensics in the Digital Age  

February 17, 2012

Advances in technology have made it possible for any officer, with minimal training, to retrieve digital evidence at the crime scene and utilize it for investigative purposes.

<p>Photo: PIPS Technology</p>

Nowhere to Hide From License Plate Recognition  

February 13, 2012

It's now common for even a small agency to have at least one car equipped with ALPR to automatically alert when it gets a match. But both mobile and fixed camera systems are gaining traction with all types of law enforcement agencies.

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

SHOT Show 2012: Report from the Aisles  

February 1, 2012

Despite the industry's attempt to transform shooting sports and self-defense into some kind of video game for the Generation Z folks, there was still plenty of serious hardware for law enforcement at this year's show.

<p>Photo: iStockPhoto.com</p>

Making Technology Work for You  

December 30, 2011

While we're a far cry from replacing man with machine, technological innovations have vastly improved the safety, speed, and accuracy with which today's patrol officers do their jobs.

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