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The 2012 IACP Conference showcased plenty of cool gear for officers.

IACP 2012: Best of Show

Technology tends to be the emphasis of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. True to form, many of the coolest products at this year's show, held Sep. 29–Oct. 3 in San Diego, focused on the now high-tech aspects of evidence collection. Multiple companies debuted new and improved takes on video, drug analysis, and biometrics. Plenty of new tablets were also on hand. The following is a quick look at some of the products at IACP 2012 that caught our attention. Photos: Mark W. Clark, Paul Clinton, Stalker Radar, Thermo Scientific, and Ti Training

Ocean Systems' ClearID v2.0 Workflow consists of more than 20 image clarification filters and a tabbed workflow interface that guides you through the image clarification process and automated scripts. Integrated color preview windows and slider bars help you find the optimal settings for clarifying your image evidence. When done processing your evidence, simply run the integrated verification report, which will store all your settings and hashed layers in an easy-to-read document.

Law Enforcement Software: 2012

Whether agencies want to give field officers mobile crimefighting tools or better manage ongoing cases, these new and updates offereings from law enforcement software vendors will handle the job at hand. Photos courtesy of companies.

Officers noticed the added bulk of Applied Concepts' Stalker Lidar LRm and liked its range and fast target acquisition.

Laser Speed Guns

A group of officers spent one week evaluating four frontline lidar units and two specialty units for POLICE Magazine. View this gallery for details on each unit, and then read the full results in "Lidar Technology Comes of Age."

WatchGuard Video's 4RE HD Wireless In-Car Video System offers more than three times the image resolution of conventional systems. It first records onto an automotive-grade hard drive, and then onto a secure USB flash drive. Video files can be uploaded wirelessly using an industrial grade 802.11n antenna. File uploads, configuration updates, and firmware upgrades are fully automatic and "hands-free" to the officer. The system's high-fidelity wireless microphone records clear audio, which can be extremely important in capturing audio for evidence.

Mobile Video

Automatically capture and record evidence from your law enforcement vehicle, be it a car, truck, SUV, or motorcycle. View this photo gallery for the latest offerings from sight leading police suppliers.

Advanced Interactive Systems' PRISim Suite connects to the MPRI driving simulator.

Use-of-Force Simulators

High-tech shoot-don't-shoot scenarios let you train realistically without stepping onto the street. You don't want to find out in the middle of a gunfight that you need to work on your judgment, tactics, and reaction time under stress. That's why systems that immerse you in realistic scenarios—complete with lethal and less-lethal options, and even physical consequences in some cases—are so valuable in training. View our slideshow of seven use-of-force simulator systems that provide this important training.

Thermal imaging makes us of the difference in temperature between an object and its surroundings. This image was taken from a Star SAFIRE system mounted to a fixed-wing PC-12 in Hillsboro, Ore.

Thermal Imaging

A high-end thermal imaging system such as FLIR's Star SAFIRE HD offers law enforcement officers a powerful search tool for detecting heat-emitting objects across large search areas. The system offers a high-definition infrared camera mounted to an airborne unit that produces both EO (electro-optic) color and IR (infrared) white-hot images. Photos courtesy of FLIR Systems.

In addition to recording eight hours of high-definition video and audio with a 71-degree field of view, the new LE-2 from VieVu on-body camera system is facial recognition compatible and can live-stream as it records. It easily clips to a uniform to record evidence for later use in court. The LE-2 requires the Veripatrol software system, which utilizes a Digital Signature process that marks each video with a digital hash certificate to prove that the video has not been altered. If you already have a previous generation VieVu camera, you can easily upgrade to the LE-2 system. It will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

IACP 2011 In Pictures

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, which was held Oct. 22-26 in Chicago, appeared to focus on officer protection. View this photo gallery for 16 innovative products that caught the attention of POLICE Magazine's reporters. And read our feature, "IACP 2011 Highlights," for 12 more products. Photos by Mark W. Clark.

Priced at only $1,895, Digital Ally: DVM-100's is a high-quality  digital  in-car video system for budget-constrained law enforcement  agencies.  It is incorporated into a rear-view mirror to maximize ease of  use with  space requirements. The system offers pre-event recording,  covert  mode, metadata, remote wireless microphone, integrated  microphone, USB  download or removable SD card, back office software, and  more.

In-Car Video: 2011

In-car video systems now available to law enforcement agencies offer screens embedded in rear-view mirrors, solid-state hard drives, improved viewing angles, wireless file transfer, and other features. View these seven systems available from Digital Ally, Federal Signal, Kustom Signals, L-3 Mobile-Vision, Panasonic, Patrol Witness, and WatchGuard.

Motorola built a patrol vehicle with next-gen communication technology, including a push-to-talk (PTT) button built into the steering wheel, multiple cameras providing views around the vehicle, and  an integrated console that controls the lights, sirens, PA system, gun  lock and the radio.

Motorola's Connected Patrol Car

Motorola Solutions unveiled its concept of a next-generation patrol vehicle at a July press event that brings many new communications capabilities to field officers. Motorola's Chevy Caprice includes an LTE broadband modem, steering wheel controls for radio communication, and voice-command technology. Video processing technology optimizes in-car video streaming into and out of the vehicle.

Automated license plate recognition technology is constantly being refined to better discern images and alert law enforcement of offenders. View the following photos for real-world examples.

Plate Hunters

The current generation of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology provides officers greater detail and scanning capability to capture numbers, letters, symbols and logos on traditional, printed and affinity plates. View these photos of real-world examples of license plates captured by this technology. And read our full article, "New Developments In ALPR."

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