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Getting the Word Out

Law enforcement agencies will soon have access to the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a voluntary emergency alerting system developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the FCC, and wireless carriers.

May 25, 2012

Improvised Law Enforcement Technology

Improvised Law Enforcement Technology

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.

May 22, 2012

Mission Critical Conversations

Mission Critical Conversations

The Columbine High School massacre underscored what can happen when tactical teams cannot communicate. Fast-forward 13 years, and such incompatibility still exists for many tactical teams, particularly those in mid-size to small departments.

March 27, 2012

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?

Will Police Radios and Smartphones Merge?

Many experts say the smartphone will not become a truly viable law enforcement tool until a new high-speed data (LTE) system for public safety is in place. But even with the current commercial cellular data system smartphones are playing a major role in law enforcement operations.

February 22, 2012

World-Class Communications

World-Class Communications

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.

September 13, 2011

Motorola's Public Safety Play: Broadband Networks

Motorola's Public Safety Play: Broadband Networks

Motorola Solutions and Verizon are working closely with public safety agencies in Northern California's Bay Area and Harris County, Texas, to build and operate what will likely be the nation's first public safety broadband network on the LTE (Long Term Evolution) platform.

August 12, 2011

Improving Communications After the Tucson Shootings

Improving Communications After the Tucson Shootings

The Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson may have drawn interest toward law enforcement in Arizona's second-largest city, but another incident that highlighted the need to improve public safety communications for agencies across the entire nation occurred much earlier: on 9/11.

July 18, 2011

Wireless Surveillance: A Force Multiplier

Wireless Surveillance: A Force Multiplier

The Pensacola (Fla.) Police Department's point-to-point wireless network replaced a limited wireless public video surveillance system. The system surmounted topography hurdles to ensure a clear line of sight for multiple cameras back to a single collection point.

July 15, 2011

Beyond the Laptop: Rockwell Collins' iForce Communications System
Electronic Privacy on the Job

Electronic Privacy on the Job

Increasingly, law enforcement agencies issue electronic communication and information equipment to employees for their use in performing official duties. Access to and use and monitoring of the information stored or transmitted by means of such devices may be subject to a variety of employer policies, state and federal statutes, constitutional provisions, and case law.

September 3, 2010

The Bandwidth Debate

The Bandwidth Debate

Today, bandwidth is so precious that Congress and the FCC recently dictated the conversion of analog TV transmission to digital in order to free up the 700 MHz band for other uses, including 4G cellphones and public safety communications.

July 29, 2010

Corrections Communications

Corrections Communications

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.

January 31, 2010

IACP 2009: Best of Show

IACP 2009: Best of Show

Here's a quick look at some of the latest and greatest products that caught the eyes of our staff as they walked the aisles of the show.

December 22, 2009

Tactical Headsets: 2009

Tactical Headsets: 2009

The use of headsets is prevalent in all law enforcement operations. And whether the needs are tactical or administrative, cops all want the same things from a  headset: clear communications, comfort, and durability.

August 31, 2009

Communications: Sound Tactics

Communications: Sound Tactics

Columbine is a vivid example of what happens during a tactical operation when communications break down. It and 9/11 are also strong examples of why first responders need radios that can talk to personnel from other agencies.

August 7, 2009