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Smartphone Apps for LE

We've selected 22 of our top picks of smartphone apps for officers for this photo gallery to accompany our story, Smartphone Apps for Cops. View the app's User Interface to see how they would look on your smart phone, whether it's an Apple iPhone or Android device. Images courtesy of Tim Dees.

Cross Match Technologies' Mobile Rapid ID provides law enforcement  agencies with immediate verification of subjects' identities in the  field. Wireless technology liberates officers to capture  forensic-quality biometric data for comparison against stored watch  lists or databases.

IACP 2010 Products

Each year at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the leading manufacturers of law enforcement products roll out some of their most innovative offerings. The 2010 IACP show was no exception. Here's an overview of some of the most interesting products we saw at this year's IACP. For more coverage of the show, pick up our December issue.

Known best for its computer-aided dispatch (CAD) software, New World Systems has also entered the records management market with Aegis RMS. The software allows offi cers and staff to streamline processes, easily perform inquiries, and automatically merge field reports. Aegis RMS provides powerful tools for both investigators and command staff, including analysis of statistical data, crime mapping, crime analysis, and ways to identify under served populations.

Law Enforcement Software

Now that computers have become commonplace in law enforcement vehicles, the depth and breadth of software for the police market has ballooned. A wide variety of enterprise and standalone products are now available to help officers identify threats, manage case information, administer and schedule personnel, and perform just about any other public safety duty.

The PRISim system is designed for both marksmanship and force option and force articulation training. A wide variety of lethal and less-lethal weapons are available for use with the simulator. For extra realism and for elevating the students’ stress level, instructors can use the integrated ShootBack system. The ShootBack cannon fires .68 caliber nylon balls at speeds up to 120-feet-per second. That’s enough velocity to sting a bit and remind a student to use cover in a gunfight.

Training Simulators

The first law enforcement simulators were 16 mm projectors that flickered their filmed images onto sheets strung across shooting ranges. When the bad guy went for his gun, the officer had to fire and then await the judgement of his trainer as to whether it was a good shoot. Today's simulators are high-tech computer systems with digital projectors that play complex interactive scenarios. They are designed not only to teach officers when and how to shoot guns and less-lethal weapons but also how to talk to suspects to avoid escalation and confrontation.

When you bestow the trade name "Rocky" on a line of computers, they had better be tough. Amrel's Rocky line of rugged computers lives up to its name. The line, which includes tablets and notebooks, is ruggedized to MIL-STD 810F and IP54. They can sustain rain, shock, humidity, vibration, salt, fog, altitude, and extreme temperatures. Yet, they are also light and fast. The Rocky RT-M, features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (with 4MB L2Cache), 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, and a 13.3-inch anti-reflective TFT display.

Ruggedized Computers

Each year, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in the fall, computer manufacturers introduce their new ruggedized laptops designed for in-vehicle use by law enforcement officers and deputies. View a photo gallery of several of the models that arrived for 2009, such as the Amrel Rocky RT-M, Dell Latitude E6400 XFR, Getac V100, Itronix GD6000 and Panasonic Toughbook 30F.

Tactical Systems' HD can handl;e rough terrain, climb common household stairs and tow up to a 300-pound load. It also has a range of 1,200 feet and an on-board video system that can capture eight hours of footage using a pan/tilt infrared video camera that operates in low-light conditions. It can capture images up to one mile away (line of sight).

Tactical Robots

If you think robots are just for bomb disposal, think again. Police robots are often used to handle IEDs, but they can be used in other arenas that are inhospitable to humans. Robots can be used to reach a barricaded subject or hostages and carry information or evidence back out without sending an officer into the line of fire. They can also provide enhanced surveillance and deploy lethal or less-lethal weapons.

The big news from American Technologies Network (ATN) is the company's proprietary White Phosphor Technology (WPT). ATN night vision products that feature WPT offer the user a black-and-white view instead of the green of most systems. The company says the black-and-white image output provides clearer information about contrast, shapes, and shadows. WPT is now available in ATN's PVS14/6015 tactical monocular, NVM-14-WPT multifunctional pocket scope/goggle, Mars4-WPT and Mars6-WPT medium- to long-range weapon sights, and on the FIITS14-WPT thermal imaging system. ATN's WPT systems have an estimated tube life of 10,000 hours.

Night Vision and Thermal Imaging

There was a time when night vision tools and thermal imaging cameras were so cutting edge and so expensive that only the military and the FBI had access to them. Today, this equipment is playing a greater role in local law enforcement operations. It's less expensive, though still not cheap, and it's much easier to use. Here's a quick look at some of the most innovative products now available in the night vision and thermal imaging market.

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