Do you think wearing on-body cameras on duty should be mandatory?
If you are shooting crime and accident scenes with digital cameras and haven't run into a legal challenge yet, it's probably only a matter of time until your local defense attorneys get more aggressive about questioning your evidentiary images.
You train. And you train a lot. But if you can't detail the relevant results of firearms training and qualifying shoots other than just scoring which officers passed or failed, then you're fueling the fires of allegations and litigation.
Since the earliest days of trial by jury, detectives have been searching for new ways to help jurors visualize crime scenes. Using new computer and photographic technologies, investigators can create diagrams with complex 3-D surfaces and immersive 360-degree images.
Educating cops how to save themselves and others in dire medical emergencies when seconds count is the goal of a new interactive training program from the The Backup Training Corp.
Developed by law enforcement officers working with New Jersey-based GTBM Inc., Info-Cop offers state-of-the-art technology at a reasonable price.
Sometimes it's hard to know what's new in the world of K-9 gear. So to catch you up on the cool stuff that's out there, here's a look at some of the newest and most useful products available for your four-legged partner.
TrueActive Monitor, true to its name, monitors all PC activities on a computer it's been installed on, including any programs running; keystrokes made; and files altered, created, deleted, moved, or renamed.
Since 1998 Pasadena, Calif.-based Guidance Software has been in the business of finding evidence where no man had gone before: the mass storage medium of computer systems.
Whether you're drawing a complex collision scene, documenting an elaborate crime scene, or just need to draw a straightforward two-car crash, you can probably do it easier, faster, and better with Trancite Logic System's Easy Street Draw 3.0 or its more sophisticated sister product ScenePD 2.0.
This versatile upgrade makes it easier for polygraph examiners to capture and analyze data and communicate and display their findings.
If you are looking for the best software for creating composite pictures of suspects, check out IQ Biometrix's FACES 4.0.
This secure communications and incident management tool is fully scaleable with a user-friendly Windows interface.
Law enforcement software is now available for PDAs that can give you license plate information in 15 seconds while you are standing on the side of the road in the rain. There are even systems that will prioritize what they display first when you run a subject's operator's license so that they will show you that the driver is wanted for assault on a peace officer in another county before they show you his address.
Large trade shows can be overwhelming for everyone involved. They are a blur of seminars, awards banquets, industry schmooze sessions, and aisle after aisle of exhibits and demonstrations.
A security guard looks at the images on the screen in front of him: a video capture of a clean-shaven man with close-cropped hair next to a mugshot of a convicted American drug dealer with a beard and shaggy long hair. They look different, but the guard confirms they are definitely the same man. In minutes, the positively identified man is apprehended.
Loco wears his scar almost like a first-place ribbon. The curved line of flesh that arcs around his left, eye like a backward "c" has been his badge of honor for years, the mark of a gangster who has made it, who is not afraid to put himself in harm's way for the glory of the hood or the reputation of his gang.