Highlights from this issue include:
• Night Work: Combative Applications When the Light Gets Low
• Tactical Telemedicine
• Transportation 2014: The 16th annual report on the latest technical advances in police vehicles, components and accessories.
• The ALTERNATIVE™
• Glocks’s Model 30S
• And Much More!
Cleveland Adopts 25 Out of 26 PERF Use-of-Force Recommendations
Findings from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) review indicate Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) use-of-force protocols are sound and on par with national standards, the police department reports.
In August, Chief Michael McGrath presented the Final Report from PERF regarding the CDP use-of-force policies and training, as well as the reporting of, and investigations of, use of-force incidents.
CDP has integrated all 26 of PERF’s recommendations for policy change into the appropriate General Police Orders with one exception:
• GPD 2.1.06, TASER® – Electronic Control Device – Limiting the use of an ECW (Electronic Control Weapon) in stun drive mode only to supplement the probe mode to complete the incapacitation circuit, or as a countermeasure to gain separation between officers and the subject so that officers can consider another force option.
To read the Use-of-Force Policy and Practices Study for Cleveland Division of Police, go to http://tinyurl.com/q2vg3cu. PERF’s study came at the request of McGrath in March of 2011 and was conducted in two phases. The study is the fourth review and update of use-of-force policies by McGrath and his command staff since 2006. These ongoing efforts are designed to improve police officer tactics, training, and investigations, particularly regarding the use of force. Statistics show that, since 2006,use-of-force incidents by Cleveland police have been declining.
Urban Institute Looks at Collecting DNA at Arrest
Collecting DNA at Arrest: Policies, Practices, and Implications is an Urban Institute (UI) publication by Julie Samuels, Elizabeth Davies and Dwight Pope.
The National Institute of Justice provided funding for the UI to conduct a study which examined (1) key provisions in arrestee DNA laws; (2) how those laws are being implemented across the country; and (3) the effects of arrestee DNA collection on the growth of databases, the number of hits generated through matches to arrestee profiles, and other measures of effectiveness.
According to the executive summary, the study found:
• Provisions governing arrestee DNA collection and analysis vary considerably by state;
• Most arrestee DNA laws place the responsibility for expungement on the arrestee, but do not specify notification procedures, processing times, or use of profiles;
• Preparing for arrestee DNA laws can be time and resource intensive;
• In addition to analyzing more samples, state laboratories take on more administrative work;
• Arrestee DNA laws increased the number of samples received by laboratories and profiles in NDIS;
• Arrestee profiles lead to more hits, but the extent of this increase is unclear; and
• Safeguards and compliance monitoring represent important aspects of implementation.
For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/o9wk7sw.
This summer, the US Supreme Court, based on its review of Maryland v. King, upheld the warrantless practice of taking and analyzing a cheek swab of a suspect’s DNA when the person is arrested based upon probable cause for a serious offense. For more information, visit LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom at http://tinyurl.com/mr6rl6r.
Point Blank Enterprises Unveils Revolutionary Alpha Elite™ Series Ballistic System at IACP 2013
Point Blank Enterprises recently announced the introduction of the first of its kind Alpha Elite Series ballistic system. The Alpha Elite Series was created when Point Blank engineers began searching for a ballistic material which would meet the rigorous demands of U.S. Special Operations Forces. This next generation ballistic system is dramatically different from other products as it’s the first body armor ever to be designed around the revolutionary Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology by DSM.
“During independent testing, the Alpha Elite AXIIIA ballistic package exceeded all performance requirements, including tests for maximum velocity approaching or exceeding 2,000 fps,” said Michael Foreman, Vice President of Government and International Sales. “Test lab personnel stated that they had never seen this level of performance in a package of this weight and thinness during any other testing of soft armor ballistic solutions.” Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology ballistic material was developed to meet and exceed global standards for law enforcement, military and U.S. Special Operations Forces applications. It is designed to defeat high velocity handgun rounds and fragmentation with minimal backface deformation. Additionally, it offers truly superior multihit protection.
A product of DSM Dyneema’s radical innovation program, the patented Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology has been in development for more than three years. Point Blank collaborated closely with DSM to become the first trademark licensee in law enforcement personal protection for this new technology.
“DSM Dyneema is extremely pleased to have Point Blank as our first licensee for Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology,” said Shitij Chabba, Global Business Director for Life Protection, DSM Dyneema. “The material’s light weight and flexibility result in comfort and mobility which are as revolutionary as the ballistic performance. This technology truly ushers in a new age of ballistic performance with no compromises.”
Thanks to this technology, NIJ Level IIIA performance is now available with comfort levels more typical of Level II body armor. Compared to Point Blank’s previous lightest Level IIIA vest, the Alpha Elite Series is a full 12 percent lighter.
“The Alpha Elite Series doesn’t just surpass previous levels of performance and comfort, it creates an entirely new standard,” said Michael Haynes, Director of Marketing and Product Development, Point Blank Enterprises. “Our engineers determined that the very best ballistic material for our armed forces was also the very best material for law enforcement officers in the U.S. and around the world.”
Key attributes of Point Blank’s Alpha Elite Series include extremely high effectiveness against fragmentation; multihit performance exceeding FBI protocol; special threat performance exceeding FBI protocol; extraordinarily efficient absorption of impact energy; availability in both male and female versions, as well as concealable and tactical configurations; and NIJ Standard 0101.06 compliance.
For more information on Point Blank Enterprises, the Alpha Elite Series and Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology, please visit the Web at:
DHS Continues Testing Facial Recognition Technology
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) Human Factors Division is using the Standoff Detection Test Bed to test and evaluate the Biometric Optical Surveillance System (BOSS). BOSS is a facial recognition technology which matches 3-D signatures from captured facial images with enrolled images stored in the system database. S&T is conducting a Privacy Impact Assessment to address privacy concerns raised by testing the facial recognition technology.
BOSS is capable of capturing images of an individual at 50 to100 meters. The system can capture images of subjects participating from a specific distance, or be set up to track and passively capture frontal face images of an individual as he/she moves in front of the camera.
During the testing and evaluation activities, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and other university researchers capture the facial images of volunteer test subjects in a number of different scenarios according to the test plan. PNNL is working with a 6,000 seat venue (the Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA) to serve as a long-term test bed for the project.
Although the system is not ready for use, researchers in August told the New York Times they are making significant advances (http://tinyurl.com/mkmll8m).
To read more information about BOSS, a PDF can be downloaded by going to http://tinyurl.com/n7zemum.
New Composite Fiber Could Provide Ballistic Protection
Innegra™ Technologies’ new composite material may be used to create new ballistics and personal protection products. According to the company, Innegra H was designed to be lighter weight, more impact-resistant and more cost-effective than other materials on the market.
The product has been beta tested and was officially launched in October. Already, Innegra H has won an innovation award from JEC Americas.
The Innegra H line is a series of hybrid yarns consisting of high performance olefin with other high performance composite fibers, including carbon, glass, basalt and aramid to increase durability. Hybridizing to gain performance is typically achieved at the fabric level or in multi-layer composite configurations. With Innegra H, hybridization is done at the filament level which allows for a more homogeneous final product, resulting in improved impact and damage tolerance.
Innegra H can be used in most reinforcement and composite manufacturing processes and has numerous applications.
Innegra Technologies says Innegra H is the first new product of its type in more than five years.
For more information, visit www.innegratech.com.
Tool Will Monitor Progress Reducing Impaired Driving
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) will develop a tool which U.S. jurisdictions can use to internally monitor progress in reducing impaired driving. This tool can also help inform decision-making regarding potential strategies to address the problem.
The tool will incorporate a broad range of indicators and measures, including the presence and use of countermeasures. They include high visibility enforcement, alcohol interlocks and DWI courts, and related environmental and contextual factors (population density, the availability of public transportation and competing political priorities).
The results from testing the tool will be reviewed by the Working Group on Driving While Impaired (DWI) System Improvements (www.dwiwg.tirf.ca) and other key experts representing criminal justice, transportation and highway safety professionals. Feedback from these experts will be used to further fine-tune and finalize the development of the tool. It will contain a “dashboard” of important measures which can provide jurisdictions with a comprehensive overview of their respective DWI systems and insight into how and why progress is being achieved. Once completed, the tool will be made freely available to all U.S. jurisdictions.
It is anticipated this project will be completed in early 2014. Project funding is provided by Anheuser-Busch.