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<p>Motorola&#39;s APX 7000L is an LMR radio that can also receive and transmit LTE data for texts and programming. Photo: Motorola</p>

Motorola APX 7000L: Two Radios in One  

August 29, 2014

By David Griffith

Motorola Solutions is preparing for the future with its new hybrid LMR/cellular data radio. The Motorola APX 7000L Multiband Radio with LTE is an upgrade of the company's popular digital P25 APX 7000 radio handset that will receive LTE data signals over a yet-to-be-disclosed nationwide cellular carrier and, when it comes online, FirstNet.

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

Cyber Security: Locking Down the Databases  

August 8, 2014

By David Griffith

Computer security is one of the primary concerns for many of the nation's companies and government agencies. Billions of dollars is spent each year on preventing external threats from entering protected networks. But the sad truth is that most computer network breaches are caused by sloppy internal security policies and procedures.

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

Why You Should Double Check for Accuracy  

August 8, 2014

By Devallis Rutledge

Although law enforcement officers are given considerable leeway for reasonable mistakes, you don't get much slack for unreasonable mistakes that result from hasty reactions to bad information that comes from your own official sources.

<p>Photo: St. Petersburg (Fla.) PD</p>

How to Use a Pole Camera to Clear an Attic  

July 25, 2014

By St. Petersburg Police Research and Planning

Known as perhaps the most dangerous "fatal funnel" in police work, police officers clearing attic spaces are placed at a significant tactical disadvantage in which they are extremely vulnerable to attack. Tactical pole cameras are recommended technology for officers to reduce their risks when clearing attics, basements, or crawlspaces.

<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.

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