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Texas Detectives Use Online Database to Locate Murder Suspect

September 23, 2010
Huntsville detectives entered the name of a suspect in the murder of a 17-year-old girl into LeadsOnline, a database used to track stolen goods. Only days later, the suspect was apprehended in Iowa after police followed a lead using information acquired from the database.

Panasonic Unveils Improved Toughbook U1 Mobile PC

September 23, 2010
Toughbook U1 products are fully rugged portable devices that run a full Windows OS, the durability needed for enterprise applications and a suite of available integrated features. The new Toughbook U1 Ultra is equipped with a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nit viewability in direct sunlight.

Alarm Industry Supports Public Safety Broadband Bill

September 22, 2010
The National Association of State Technology Directors and the Alarm Industry Communications Committee joined the Public Safety Alliance's endorsement of S.B. 3756, which would allocate the so-called D-Block spectrum to public safety and provide funding for the development of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.
William King, Sam Houston State University associate professor, studying evidence from the NIBIN ballistics database. Photo courtesy of Harriet Brewster/SHSU.

Sam Houston State Professor to Study National Ballistics Database

September 22, 2010
A Sam Houston State University criminal justice professor received a grant from the National Institute of Justice to study the use and effectiveness of a national ballistics evidence database.

Alabama City's HD Surveillance System Drops Crime Reporting 75 Percent

September 15, 2010
A citywide HD system connecting the Selma PD and the Selma Housing Authority offers greater surveillance coverage across the municipality. Since installing the system, Selma has seen a reduction in criminal activity at GWC—crime reporting has fallen from 40 to less than 10 incidents per week.

Inc. Magazine Names Spillman To List of Fastest Growing Companies

September 15, 2010
Public safety software company Spillman Technologies ranked as one of nation's 5,000 fastest growing private companies for the fourth consecutive year, according to Inc. Magazine.
Photo via Flickr.com (feastoffun).

Iris Scans Arrive at Texas Border Checkpoint

September 14, 2010
In October, the Department of Homeland Security will begin testing iris-scanning technology at a border checkpoint in McAllen, Texas, as a way to stem illegal immigration and identify fraud.

N.H. Burglers Robbed Houses Using Facebook Updates

September 13, 2010
The Nashua (N.H.) Police Department's burglary unit recovered between $100,000 and $200,000 in stolen goods and arrested three suspects who identified their victims using social networking sites.

California Public Safety Broadband Network Gets $50.6M Stimulus Grant

September 12, 2010
The system will allow public safety personnel to transmit information more quickly and efficiently, during both day-to-day operations and major emergencies. As one example, new broadband applications would enable officers to transmit video images from an accident scene.

Los Angeles Sheriff Adds Mobile Data Computer System From Raytheon

September 12, 2010
For the first time, the department's vehicle systems will have access to applications such as the Sheriff's Data Network, mug-shot downloads, fingerprint programs, geo-positioning systems, e-mail, and Internet access.
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