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Body-Worn Cameras and Privacy

July 16, 2012
Use these tips for handling "insider" recordings that may cause embarrassment when deploying on-body cameras.

Improvised Law Enforcement Technology

May 22, 2012

The recession has made most law enforcement agencies cut back on their purchases of technology. That means that all of law enforcement is having to learn what small agencies have known for some time. You can do a lot for less, if you put your mind to it.

Surveillance Technology

December 22, 2011

Cops still sit in cars watching houses and businesses, but they are just as likely to be using clandestine tactics to see inside buildings and over fences, scan faces in a crowd, and review security camera footage. The newest and most innovative surveillance tools work without the bad guys ever knowing they are being watched until it's too late.

World-Class Communications

September 13, 2011

The attack on the Twin Towers and the Hurricane Katrina disaster brought to the forefront the necessity of communications interoperability, or more simply put, being able to talk to each other. Benton County, Wash., has something very close to a model of interoperability in the form of its Southeast Communications Center, known locally as SECOMM.

Purchasing Equipment: Selling the Brass

August 2, 2011

Everyone has ideas on how to improve their workplace. Sometimes they're even good, workable ideas. You know how you would do things if you were the boss. Fortunately, you don't necessarily have to be the boss to bring your brainchild to reality. You just have to sell it effectively.

Flashlight Technology

June 13, 2011

To the casual observer, a discussion of "flashlight technology" seems like gilding the lily. You push a button, a light comes on; you push it again, the light goes off. Today, our flashlights use a wide variety of power sources and types of illumination, and generally cost a lot more than the $1.98 one would pay for a two-cell light at the hardware store.

Budget Simulators

April 19, 2011

Technological advancements allow companies to continually refine the quality of use-of-force simulators, but vendors have also been paying attention to the budget problems of public safety agencies that buy them.

Seeing in the Dark: Night Vision

March 15, 2011

Night vision gear is still a lot more expensive than a flashlight, even though prices are falling and the gear is more portable and better-performing than ever before.

New Developments In ALPR

February 15, 2011

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology has been the "oh, wow" gadget for the past few years, and with good reason. ALPR can identify, screen, and record the license plates of more vehicles than an entire squad of police officers could handle, and can do it with greater accuracy and no fatigue factor.

Is There An App for That?

January 6, 2011

There are many mobile applications designed specifically for law enforcement officers, and even more that were intended for a more general audience, but that cops will find useful. Those listed below include some from both the police and non-police market sectors.

Smartphone Apps for Cops

January 6, 2011

The cops who came before you had to rely on plastic-coated reference cards and notebooks stuffed in their shirt pockets, and maybe you do to some degree as well. Still, there's no reason not to take advantage of the amazing and relatively cheap computing power of a smartphone to use while on patrol.

Surveillance Technology: An End to Stakeouts?

December 14, 2010

Modern surveillance techniques still use the old methods, but technology can make the process both easier and more likely to yield good results.

Software: It's Nothing Without the Code

November 16, 2010

It's easy to forget the work that goes into making gadgets do what they do, those ones and zeroes that comprise their software. Here's a look at software that you can use right now on the job.

In-Car Computers: Upgrade or Replace?

September 28, 2010

Much of this decision depends on what make and model of computer you have, what is broken, and/or what you need the computer to do that it isn't able to do now. Sometimes you can do a transplant, and in other situations the best thing is to let it go and give it a decent burial.

Things That Go Boom in the Night

June 30, 2010

With the exception of far-less-common biological or radiological threats, explosive devices are the nightmare scenario for people charged with protecting people and places. But advanced techniques can help detect these threats.

Acing the Tests

May 28, 2010

Experience is the best teacher for learning to spot contraband drugs and alcohol and drug intoxication in the field. But the cop needs a demonstrable standard for evidence. It's here that presumptive field testing for alcohol and drugs is most useful.

Use-of-Force Simulators

April 30, 2010

Now more than ever, "keeping it real" is a critical factor in training new recruits. This generation grew up with movies made entirely of lifelike computer-generated graphics, sometimes rendered in 3-D.

New Developments in Night Vision and Thermal Imaging

March 26, 2010

The category of devices called "night vision" and "thermal imaging" are used in similar settings and often for similar purposes. Even so, they are distinctly different in both the way they operate and in their capabilities.

How to Buy Mobile Data Products

February 11, 2010

Have you ever played Technology Buzzword Bingo, or wanted to? It works like this: You get a bingo card with words instead of numbers in the boxes. The words include robust, mesh, cloud, scalable, 3.0, WiMAX, and WAN. Mark off a square every time you hear the salesman say one of the words. The first one to check off five in a row gets to throw the salesman out.

Corrections Communications

January 31, 2010

Inmates' abundance of creativity keeps correctional organizations busy finding countermeasures and inventing new technology to keep the prisons secure and the staff and inmates safe.

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