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Roger Rodriguez

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Roger served over 20 years with the NYPD, where he spearheaded the NYPD’s first dedicated facial recognition unit. The unit has conducted more than 8,500 facial recognition investigations, with over 3,000 possible matches and approximately 2,000 arrests. Roger’s enhancement techniques are now recognized worldwide and have changed law enforcement’s approach to the utilization of facial recognition technology.

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The TPT R7 NiMH Rechargable Full-Size Duty Flashlight from 5.11 Tactical features an intelligent switch that allows you to pick one of three modes: high, low, and strobe. On high, it puts out 504 lumens and 17,467 candela for 5.5 hours. On low, the TPT R7 has an output of 182 lumens, and the strobe mode puts out the full 504 lumens. Tested to ANSI FL1 standard, the light features a polymer PC/ABS body, NiMH (full D) rechargeable batteries, Cree XM-L LED technology, and a regulated circuit for maximum output. It comes complete with a three D battery pack, charging cradle, and both AC and DC connectors. List Price is $169.99.

Powerful Flashlights

Law enforcement officers can now choose from a variety of high-lumen flashlights to help illuminate dark alleys, vehicles, or rooms. These lights can improve officer safety by revealing threats, and assist in searches for trace evidence in low-light scenarios. Photos courtesy of vendors.

The 5.11 Taclite 8-inch Duty Boot has an upper of full-grain leather, 1,200-denier Cordura nylon, and breathable air mesh. Inside, an Ortholite sockliner, composite shank, and CMEVA midsole provide cushioning, comfort, and support while perforated EVA foam padding along with antibacterial and moisture-wicking linings keep feet comfortable and dry. The Taclite's outsole has fast rope control tread and a defined heel brake for control.

Your Holiday Wish List

Looking for a gift idea for fellow cops? Check out 12 of the most requested items in a POLICE Magazine holiday survey. For the last few holiday seasons, the editors of POLICE Magazine have gotten together, brainstormed gift ideas for law enforcement officers, and published what we call a holiday wish list. This year, we decided to use a different protocol. We surveyed a large segment of our readers and asked them what they want for Christmas. We got a lot of answers. The following is a representative sample of 12 gifts requested by our audience. Be sure to also read, "5 Gift Ideas for the Female Officer." Photos courtesy of vendors.

This officer's "Bad Boy" tattoo references Inner Circle's "Cops" theme song.

Blue Ink: Reader Police Tattoos

We asked you to show us your "blue ink," and many of you responded with images of your law enforcement tattoos that carry a personal significance regarding a fallen partner, inspirational Biblical reference, or special accomplishment. Photos courtesy of PoliceMag.com readers.

The Sabre 2.0 from 5.11 Tactical is a concealed carry jacket designed for covert operations. It's fully waterproof and breathable with a new updated mesh and nylon liner. In addition to right and left shoulder pockets, updated front vertical chest pockets and back up belt system-compatible hand warmer pockets provide storage. The Sabre 2.0 also has an updated fit, a waterproof removable hood, and a new vertical zipped back pocket near the lumbar to store the hood. Last but not least, the jacket features 5.11 Tactical's new Quixip side access system for quick access to a concealed sidearm. Available in black, coyote brown, moss, and dark navy.

Outerwear: 2012

The availability of different jacket styles for various functions and types of weather makes getting through a shift in any situation much more bearable. Photos courtesy of vendors.

The 5.11 Tactical Performance Winter Mock is designed to provide thermal protection with an underarm gusset as well as anti-microbial and moisture wicking properties for comfort and functionality. A reinforced mock collar provides a professional appearance, while flat lock seams reduce chafing and provide the perfect thermal base layer for wear under body armor. Available in black and midnight navy. 

Base Layers

With their advanced technologies that make them perfect for use under body armor to wick moisture and prevent chafing, and as an added layer of warmth, base layers have become standard equipment for law enforcement. Photos courtesy of vendors.

The Dodge Charger Pursuit gave IACP attendees a glimpse into a more connected future for officers. 3M provided a vehicle wrap that can be peeled off to increase vehicle resale value.

LAPD's Patrol Car of the Future

The Los Angeles Police Department and Chrysler developed a concept of the "patrol car of the future" that was displayed at the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. The Dodge Charger features an integrated dashboard screen, solar-powered lightbar, USB ports, and a vehicle wrap. Read the full story, "LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger." Photos by Paul Clinton.

Ocean Systems' ClearID v2.0 Workflow consists of more than 20 image clarification filters and a tabbed workflow interface that guides you through the image clarification process and automated scripts. Integrated color preview windows and slider bars help you find the optimal settings for clarifying your image evidence. When done processing your evidence, simply run the integrated verification report, which will store all your settings and hashed layers in an easy-to-read document.

Law Enforcement Software: 2012

Whether agencies want to give field officers mobile crimefighting tools or better manage ongoing cases, these new and updates offereings from law enforcement software vendors will handle the job at hand. Photos courtesy of companies.

The 2012 IACP Conference showcased plenty of cool gear for officers.

IACP 2012: Best of Show

Technology tends to be the emphasis of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference. True to form, many of the coolest products at this year's show, held Sep. 29–Oct. 3 in San Diego, focused on the now high-tech aspects of evidence collection. Multiple companies debuted new and improved takes on video, drug analysis, and biometrics. Plenty of new tablets were also on hand. The following is a quick look at some of the products at IACP 2012 that caught our attention. Photos: Mark W. Clark, Paul Clinton, Stalker Radar, Thermo Scientific, and Ti Training

A pair of handcuffs intertwined with a vine and blue flowers graces this officer's arm just above the wrist.

Blue Ink: Police Tattoos

Tattoos have become very popular in the law enforcement and military communities. Officers who get inked often choose a tattoo of something that has great meaning to them, such as family, their faith, or a close friend. View a few examples of tattoos. Photos courtesy of Steve Winterstein of Five-O Tattoo in Elburn, Ill.

Ford's Police Interceptor sedan. Photo: Raymond Holt, MSP

2013 Police Vehicle Testing

Evaluators in Michigan and Southern California have completed their testing of the 2013 model-year patrol cars, SUVs, and motorcycles. View these photos from the test sites that show the vehicles in action. Read "How to Use Police Vehicle Tests" for the full story.

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