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Maryland State Police Department Honors Trooper and NCO of the Year for 2004

November 3, 2005
More than 50 troopers from across Maryland gathered to find out who among them had won the competitions for 2004 “Trooper of the Year” and “Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year.”

3M Develops New Security Feature for License Plates

November 3, 2005
3M’s Traffic Safety Systems Division has developed new technology that incorporates an indelible mark into reflective material that is nearly impossible to duplicate, making illegal license plate altering or duplication difficult.

Grants Available for DVSA Truth Verification Systems

November 3, 2005
E. Gary Baker, Ph.D., developer of the Digital Voice Stress Analyzer, has announced the continuation of his firm’s Private Grant Program for 100 additional DVSA truth verification systems to be awarded to certified law enforcement, corrections, and other public agencies.

Wrongful Death Suit Against TASER Dismissed

October 27, 2005
TASER International announced that because the coroner admits his comments regarding a man's cause of death were reckless, a stipulation for dismissal with prejudice was filed by the parties in the James Borden wrongful death lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. This is the fifth wrongful death or injury lawsuit that has been dismissed against TASER International in the past 18 months.

Firearms Training Associates Offers Course in Advanced Live-Fire Entry for Law Enforcement

October 27, 2005
Firearms Training Associates (FTA), based in Yorba Linda, Calif., is offering a comprehensive two-day course in advanced live-fire entry, designed to teach individuals to work as a team, utilizing entry techniques and engaging multiple targets with marking cartridges.

Police Equipment Recovery Award Nominations Open

October 27, 2005
Law enforcement and rental companies have been working together to prevent theft and recover stolen equipment. In recognition of these efforts and many success stories, an annual award was established in 2004 by the American Rental Association (ARA), ARA Insurance Services, and the National Equipment Register (NER).

Suggestions Requested for Rescue Robot Standards

October 27, 2005
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked ASTM International to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other involved parties to develop voluntary consensus standards for urban search-and-rescue (US&R) robots.

Applications for Free Ranger Utility Vehicles Available

October 27, 2005
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) is now accepting applications for Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicles to be awarded in 2006 through its Operation Ranger donation program to assist America’s emergency first responders.

New North Carolina Law Calls for More Paroles

October 24, 2005
Even many legislators were unaware that part of North Carolina’s budget bill that was approved in August says the state’s Parole Commission should aim to parole at least 20 percent of inmates eligible for parole who were sent to prison before structured sentencing guidelines took effect in 1994.

5.11 Challenge Finalists Donate Prizes to Agencies Hit By Hurricanes

October 24, 2005
The finalists of the 2005 5.11 Challenge elected to donate their prizes, amounting to more than $175,000 worth of gear, weapons, and apparel, to agencies devastated by the recent Gulf hurricanes. To match this generosity, the sponsors of the annual law enforcement shooting competition have agreed to provide the hurricane-ravaged agencies with an additional $350,000 worth of products.
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