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San Antonio PD Restricts Use of TASERs

October 16, 2008
Officers now are prohibited from using the weapons against anyone “known to be under the influence of drugs,” and no more than one officer at a time should use a Taser against a person, according to the new policy.

Savage Range Systems Awarded Patent

October 16, 2008
Savage Range Systems—manufacturers of indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, bullet traps, target systems, and shoot houses—has been awarded U.S. Patent Number 7,434,811 for its Air Barrier System (ABS).

New Educational Program Addresses IED Response

October 12, 2008
Emergency Film Group of Edgartown, MA has produced “IEDs & VBIEDs,” a training program for police, firefighters, rescue personnel, EMS, emergency management, security personnel and others who may be involved in an incident that involves such weapons.

Albuquerque Officer Killed in Home Shotgun Accident

September 26, 2008
Lt. Todd Parkins, 38, was killed Wednesday when his shotgun accidentally went off inside his Cedar Crest home. He was standing near his wife and one of his sons when the gun went off.

South Carolina Police to Buy Practice Ammo with Donation

September 11, 2008
A Wal-Mart in West Columbia, S.C., donated $1,000 to the West Columbia Police Department for the purchase of practice ammunition for the department's Special Operation and Response Team, a news release said.

Brits Develop Method for Lifting Prints from Wiped Cartridge Casings

September 5, 2008
Authorities in Britain and the United States used the method to re-open three cold cases, including a U.S. double murder that police are now optimistic of solving, said John Bond, the physicist who developed the technique. 

Off-Duty Chicago Cop Shot, Woman Killed in Apparent Robbery Attempt

August 15, 2008

When police arrived, they found Kathryn Romberg, 45, and Robert Soto, 49, an off-duty 23-year veteran of the Chicago police force, bleeding from gunshot wounds in what police call an attempted robbery. Romberg, who lived in an apartment only steps from where the vehicle was parked, was pronounced dead at the scene. Soto, a detective in the police bomb and arson division, remained in critical condition Wednesday night in Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Gangs Going High-Tech, Florida Official Warns

August 14, 2008

Calling gangs a ''nationwide pandemic'' that have harnessed the Internet for recruiting and cybercrime, Miami-Dade's top gang prosecutor on Tuesday urged tougher enforcement and stepped-up prevention efforts.

Fullerton, Calif., PD to Wear Safariland External Armor Designed by Chief

August 7, 2008

Police in Fullerton, Calif., are the first in the nation to have an option to wear a new, customized body armor developed by the northern Orange County city's Chief Pat McKinley. 

WatchGuard DV-1New Version 5.0 Firmware Upgrade Adds Encryption

August 6, 2008

WatchGuard Video has released Version 5.0 programming for its WatchGuard DV-1 digital in-car video system. The new system firmware is the first major software upgrade since May of 2007, and is being provided free of charge to every WatchGuard customer by CD. Upgrading the WatchGuard DV-1 is done by simply loading the CD.

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