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Twin Cities Cops Add Cell Phone Alerts to Arsenal

July 2, 2009

Today, Minneapolis and St. Paul officially start Nixle, a service that provides information over cell phones by text message, e-mail and on the Web. More than 1,000 law enforcement agencies now use Nixle, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore. Unlike services such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, Nixle doesn't allow unauthenticated information to be communicated.

XS Sight Systems' Introduces CSAT Combat Sight for AR-15s

July 1, 2009
The XS CSAT Combat Sight eliminates the guesswork shooters face when trying to accurately engage targets in close quarters with the aperture sight commonly used on AR style rifles.

Wireless TASER Round Ready to Fly

June 30, 2009

TASER International, Inc. announced today that the long-awaited self-contained wireless TASER eXtended Range Electronic Projectile (XREP) shotgun rounds are now available. Together with O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc. the company also announced the commercial launch of the TASER X12 Less-Lethal Shotgun (LLS) by Mossberg.

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New Mexico Chief Wants Text Tips

June 26, 2009

The interim chief of the Carlsbad (N.M.) Police Department has introduced a program allowing tipsters to submit anonymous text messages via cell phones to law enforcement agencies.

DNA molecules often provide crucial genetic information in law enforcement investigations. This display at the Oxford University Natural History Museum is courtesy of net_efekt at Flickr.

L.A. County Sheriff Suspends DNA Testing in Sexual Assault Cases

June 23, 2009

Out of cash and understaffed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended its faltering effort to analyze DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Police Nab Twins Snapped on Google

June 22, 2009

Dutch police have arrested twin brothers on suspicion of robbery after their alleged victim spotted a picture of them following him on Google's Street View map application, a spokesman said Friday.

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Motorola Wireless Video Surveillance Helps LAPD Reduce Crime

June 9, 2009
"Technology is an important way a small police department with a big job, like LAPD, has any chance of providing public safety," says Deputy Chief Charlie Beck. "Motorola's mesh network was the technology we wanted to use and they stepped up to the plate in a big way."

LAPD Seeks Lifting of Consent Decree

June 8, 2009

The Los Angeles Police Department will make the case that it no longer requires federal oversight, during a June 15 hearing in front of U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Streamlight Honors COPS On Its 25th Anniversary

June 8, 2009

Streamlight, a leading manufacturer of lighting tools for police, recently honored Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. The company increased its 2009 contribution to COPS by serving as the platinum sponsor of the organization’s gala dinner held May 14 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., and through added financial support of key COPS programs aimed at survivors of fallen officers.

More Than 100 Agencies Purchase Spillman Software

June 8, 2009

Twenty-nine agencies purchased Spillman software for the first time, and 88 expanded their existing Spillman systems during the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009.

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