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Calif. Agency Urges Residents To Document Property Online

January 7, 2011
The Santa Maria (Calif.) Police Department is recommending its residents use ReportIt from LeadsOnline to keep track of valuables such as phones, computers, jewelry and other personal items to help them track down stolen property faster.

LASD Seeks Suspects In Video Assaults on Disabled Women

January 7, 2011
The assaults came to light, when a bundle of 11 DVDs were dropped off by an anonymous tipster at the sheriff's Monterey Park substation. Some of the footage is believed to have been taken from surveillance cameras, while other footage was likely shot with hand-held cameras of accomplices.
Photo via Flicker (jurvetson).

Calif. High Court OKs Cell Phone Searches Without Warrant

January 6, 2011
The majority of justices, in their ruling, agreed that the cell phone was a personal item of Diaz's at the time of his arrest and during administrative processing at the station.

Univ. of Maryland DPS Acquires Ocean Systems Video Analysis System

January 5, 2011
The University of Maryland's Department of Public Safety selected Ocean Systems’ dTective video analysis system to clarify case management and expand its high-tech arsenal.

TASER Protector System Reduces Distracted Driving

January 5, 2011
Through the use of innovative technology, the Protector safe driver system enables families to prevent cell-phone related driving distractions, foster responsible driving behaviors, and have the information necessary to take action in emergency situations.
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Feds Consider Allowing Cell Phone Jamming In Prisons

January 4, 2011
Even though the number of cellphones confiscated in prisons has jumped since 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has resisted allowing correctional facilities to use wireless jamming technology to block cellphone signals.

Klein Electronics Introduces LumenCam Video Flashlight

December 29, 2010
The LED flashlight carries an IP65 rating for water-resistance — it's totally protected against dust and protected against low-pressure jets of water from all directions with limited ingress permitted — and is rated at 180 lumen, according to Klein.
Photo courtesy of C4i Inc.

C4i Upgrades SwitchPlusIP To Manage Radio Calls

December 29, 2010
The latest version of SwitchPlusIP builds on the personal phone book and other features introduced earlier this year to provide a radio activity log, integrated voting, and remote control of Tait TB8100 radios.
Photo courtesy of Fortuna (Calif.) PD.

California PD's On-Body Recorder Captures Audio, Video, and Photos

December 29, 2010
The Fortuna PD deployed the communications device as "a crucial risk-management tool that is integrated into an officer's portable radio microphone." The agency purchased four VIDMIC devices with funding from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.
Image via Flickr (Proggie).

Bill Would Establish Federal Agency To Regulate Crime Labs

December 28, 2010
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has announced that he will introduce legislation to reform the forensic science field in early 2011.
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