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

Social Media: Online Investigation  

October 17, 2011

Online social networks are already proving themselves invaluable assets to law enforcement. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace provide suspect leads; communities are alerted to missing children and area threats through law enforcement-generated Twitter feeds and e-mail.

<p>Photo: Harris Corp.</p>

Harris Corp.'s BeOn P25 Radio App  

October 10, 2011

Harris Corp.'s BeOn software app, which was demonstrated at this year's Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) conference in Philadelphia, inexpensively converts an Android smartphone into a push-to-talk (PTT) Project 25 radio.

<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship.</p>

Learn From the Replay  

October 10, 2011

Feedback can come from the officer watching himself on a dashcam or a sergeant telling him he turns his back on a violator every time he keys his mic. This is a lot better than spitting teeth out in the back of an ambulance or worse.

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

World-Class Communications  

September 13, 2011

The attack on the Twin Towers and the Hurricane Katrina disaster brought to the forefront the necessity of communications interoperability, or more simply put, being able to talk to each other. Benton County, Wash., has something very close to a model of interoperability in the form of its Southeast Communications Center, known locally as SECOMM.

<p>Photo: Cyalume Technologies.</p>

Follow the Glowing Bread Crumbs  

August 19, 2011

Wouldn't it be great if you could prove a suspect had been at the scene of a crime by following a pathway of telltale glowing light found on his clothing or vehicle after the fact? That's what Cyalume's idIRt can do.

Motorola's Public Safety Play: Broadband Networks  

August 12, 2011

Motorola Solutions and Verizon are working closely with public safety agencies in Northern California's Bay Area and Harris County, Texas, to build and operate what will likely be the nation's first public safety broadband network on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) platform.

10 Top Law Enforcement Apps  

August 5, 2011

POLICE Magazine has identified 10 smartphone apps that provide potent tools for patrol officers. These 10 law enforcement apps should keep you engaged in your investigations and may just save you a trip back to the station.

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

Purchasing Equipment: Selling the Brass  

August 2, 2011

Everyone has ideas on how to improve their workplace. Sometimes they're even good, workable ideas. You know how you would do things if you were the boss. Fortunately, you don't necessarily have to be the boss to bring your brainchild to reality. You just have to sell it effectively.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Zuma Press.</strong></em></p>

Improving Communications After the Tucson Shootings  

July 18, 2011

The Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson may have drawn interest toward law enforcement in Arizona's second-largest city, but another incident that highlighted the need to improve public safety communications for agencies across the entire nation occurred much earlier: on 9/11.

<p><em><strong>Photo: Pensacola PD.</strong></em></p>

Wireless Surveillance: A Force Multiplier  

July 15, 2011

The Pensacola (Fla.) Police Department's point-to-point wireless network replaced a limited wireless public video surveillance system. The system surmounted topography hurdles to ensure a clear line of sight for multiple cameras back to a single collection point.

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