In This Issue: March / April 2015  

The March/April 2015 issue is our annual Buyer’s Information Guide edition.

Highlights from this issue include:


• A Practical Guide to Body-Worn Cameras: Part One
• Balancing Education with Your Career: Part Two
• New Guns for 2015
• How to Prevent Insubordination
• Product Highlight: Law Enforcement Flashlights
• And Much More!





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Police and Security News Announces Rebranding – Advances to New Magazine Size, Logo, and Design

Veteran Publication Changes Size and Look to Better Serve Readers and Advertisers Alike

QUAKERTOWN, PA – Police and Security News (P&SN) today announced that, beginning in January 2015, the longtime tab-sized periodical will progress to a new magazine size and unveil a new logo, design, and layout to its readership and advertisers.

“As the economy in the Unites States and the world begins to improve, we feel the time is perfect to advance our appearance and streamline the size of P&SN” said Al Menear, Associate Publisher. “Along with offering our readers a new look and feel, we will also serve our family of advertisers even better with new, lower ad rates, an expanded Web site featuring additional content and features, more added value opportunities and a greater return on their investment.”

As the publication continues to grow, P&SN is making several changes to keep up and plan for the future:

  • Resize to Magazine – As P&SN moves forward, the streamlined size is part of a transformation to increase appeal to new readers and broaden its reach through multiple platforms.
  • Logo – As seen above, an important component of the new brand identity is a revision of the logo which supports the new magazine’s unique value proposition.
  • Web site – The soon-to-be redesigned Web site will incorporate the look and feel of the new magazine and include new and updated content and features.

“Although we have a new size and look, the same great editorial content will still be featured – those writers and columns which our readers have come to know and trust over the past 30+ years,” said Al Menear. “We’re simply creating a better tomorrow for our readership and advertisers – today.”

About Police and Security News

For the past 30 years, Police and Security News has edited for the expert in a manner that the nonexpert can understand. Each issue provides in-depth articles by industry known writers; current news and information; useful tips and guidelines; and the latest innovations which relate to law enforcement at all government levels – municipal/city, county, state, and federal, including Homeland Security.

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New NRA Website Helps Law Enforcement
Site Offers One-Stop-Shop for Officer Concealed Carry

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has launched an updated website that includes a new section devoted entirely to helping active and retired members of law enforcement understand the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). LEOSA is a federal law, enacted in 2004, that allows qualified current and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions.

“As a retired police officer, I know public safety is improved when current and retired officers are able to carry concealed firearms in their everyday lives,” said Glen Hoyer, Director of the NRA Law Enforcement Division. “But due to the complexity of qualification requirements by various states, many officers find it difficult to navigate the law. The NRA has received thousands of inquiries regarding LEOSA over the past several years and this new site is ideal for officers to get the information they need to exercise their rights.”

“For years, many state and local governments have gone out of their way to make it hard for officers to carry their firearms, as they are allowed to do under federal law,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “The NRA has created a one-stop-shop where active and retired officers can get information that will ultimately improve public safety around the country.”

In addition to providing web-based information on LEOSA, the NRA’s Law Enforcement Division has conducted more than 400 LEOSA annual firearm qualifications at their Headquarters Range in Fairfax, Virginia at no cost to participants.

For more information on LEOSA, please see: www.nraila.org/LEOSA

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Naloxone Toolkit Available

The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit which is available at http://www.bja.gov/naloxone.

The Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a one-stop clearinghouse of information and resources for state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies interested in establishing a naloxone program. Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose. Drug overdoses claim 110 American lives daily, more than those caused by gunshot wounds and motor vehicle crashes. The toolkit gives law enforcement officers and their agencies the knowledge and tools they need to prevent overdose incidents from becoming fatalities in the interval before emergency medical services arrive.

 

Point Blank Enterprises and Tactical & Survival Specialties Awarded Exclusive Body Armor Contract for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Point Blank Enterprises (PBE) and Tactical & Survival Specialties (TSSi) recently announced that the companies have secured an exclusive contract to provide the
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the Alpha Elite™ body armor system.

The initial contract award is for a period of one year and provides an additional four one-year options with a maximum dollar value of $30 million over the life of the contract.

“This is a major win for our organization and for TSSi, our strategic partner, and we couldn’t be prouder to be chosen as the exclusive providers of body armor systems to the FBI,” stated Michael Foreman, Point Blank’s EVP of International Business Development, Federal Sales and Marketing. “For the past few years, we have worked on developing systems for all service men and women, including military, law enforcement, Special Forces and the Federal Government. With our breakthrough in ballistic protection, leveraging DSM’s Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology, our Alpha Elite system is the perfect solution. It truly is our honor to now service one of the most prestigious organizations in the world, the FBI.”

As the first and most advanced body armor ever to be designed around the revolutionary Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology, the Alpha Elite AXII and AXIIIA ballistic packages have exceeded all performance requirements, including tests for maximum velocity approaching or exceeding 2,000 fps. Made possible through the fusion of polymer science, fiber technology and unidirectional engineering, key features include:

• Multihit and special threat performance exceeding FBI protocol;
• NIJ Standard 0101.06 compliance in Level II and IIIA configurations;
• Extremely high effectiveness against fragmentation;
• Extraordinarily efficient absorption of impact energy;
• Lightest NIJ .06 Level II and Level IIIA products – Level II is 20% lighter than the best models in the industry and Level IIIA is nearly 25% lighter than the average of the best models in the industry;
• Thinnest NIJ .06 Level IIIA product – over 30% thinner than the average of the best Level IIIA packages in the industry;
• Highest performing Level II model – outperforms the previous best Level II models by five percent with a higher v50; and
• Ballistics available in the Elite concealable carrier and the Alpha-1 tactical armor systems for both male and female officers.
PBE’s R&D team developed Body Armor Kits (with and without plate carriers) specific to the FBI’s requirements. All of the carriers (concealable and tactical) utilize the Alpha Elite Level IIIA technology.

“This was a stringent selection process where weight, flexibility and comfort were critical. Most important was finding a solution which met various protection protocols and that’s what drove us to partner with Point Blank,” said Bill Strang, President and CEO of TSSi. “The systems developed for the FBI are unlike any other in the market, with the best ballistic protection possible. Other government personnel can also benefit from this contract and we hope they do, as we can provide them with the same system or develop a modified solution which addresses their mission critical needs. It is our honor to work with the FBI and we take great pride in knowing we are making a difference – protecting government personnel who strive to protect us every day.”

Mr. Foreman concluded, “This contract builds on our core business within the U.S. Federal market and is testament to our leadership position in providing unparalleled protective solutions across the board to our Federal, state, and local enforcement agencies. We will continue to focus on driving innovation and improving performance to support all officers in their missions. Protecting lives remains our number one priority.”

Prior to this latest contract award, TSSi and PBE respectively, have provided mission critical equipment and body armor systems to various Federal and Government agencies, including the Department of State, Marine Corps Civilian Police, U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, among others. The companies look forward to working even more closely with these Federal agencies, both directly and through the GSA program, to deliver the benefits of their unique, game changing solutions.
For more information, visit the Point Blank Enterprises’ Web site at
www.pointblankenterprises.com.

 

2014 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

On September 25, 2014, an employee with a commercial fresh foods distributor in Moore, Oklahoma, was suspended after an investigation into violation of work rules and harassment of employees. After leaving the company’s human resources office, the employee drove to his apartment where he retrieved an 8-inch-long serrated knife, drove back to the business and crashed his car into a car parked in front of the business. He then entered the main office and attacked Colleen Hufford, the first employee he came upon, and murdered her by decapitation.

Hearing screams and the commotion of the attack, Mark Vaughan, CEO of the business and an off-duty reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, decided he needed to take swift and immediate action. Quickly evaluating the tactical needs of the incident, he knew he could best respond if he had his patrol rifle. He retrieved it and sought out the suspect.
While Deputy Vaughan was moving into action, the perpetrator had moved on and sought another victim to attack. Finding Traci Johnson, he immediately attacked her and cut across her throat and the side of her face. Now within view of the suspect, Deputy Vaughan saw the ongoing attack and, with his rifle, shot the suspect and ended the attack.

There is no doubt that without the immediate valorous actions of Deputy Vaughan, the suspect would have claimed the lives of others. This was perhaps best summarized by Sheriff John Whetsel, who stated, “Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of the second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect. There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it had not been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.”

Deputy Vaughan’s heroic actions under the most stressful and confusing circumstances – and his decision to intervene and neutralize the suspect, even though it placed him in great personal danger – are a credit to himself, his department, and the community he serves, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of law enforcement.

As such, it is with great honor and pride that the National Rifle Association recognizes Deputy Vaughan of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office for his valorous actions by naming him the 2014 NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“The actions of Deputy Vaughan on September 25th were nothing short of heroic,” said NRA President James W. Porter III. “Thinking quickly and clearly, he put an end to an unspeakable rampage. The National Rifle Association is honored to name Deputy Vaughan as NRA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”

NRA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award was established in 1993 and recognizes an exceptional act or service by a law enforcement officer and is administered by the NRA Law Enforcement Division.

Forms for nominating candidates for the NRA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award may be downloaded at http://le.nra.org/documents/pdf/law/leoy.pdf.

For more information about NRA’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and its Law Enforcement Division, call (703) 267-1632 or send an e-mail to LE@nrahq.org.

 

Michigan State Police Seek OK to Use Aerial Drone Statewide

The Michigan State Police have petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use an aerial drone to photograph vehicle crash scenes and put an “eye in the sky” during emergency situations. State police pilots have been training with the small remote controlled helicopter for more than a year. State police say the drone would reduce the time required to survey and reconstruct major crash scenes. The FAA has granted licenses to fly unmanned aerial vehicles to a handful of municipal police agencies across the country and officials of the FAA plan to make a final review of the state police’s training and drone use policies soon. The drone, which fits inside a backpack, is limited to a maximum altitude of 400 feet and operators must be able to see the device.

Plans call for one drone based out of the state police’s aviation unit at the Lansing airport. More could be added later in other locations. State police also asked the American Civil Liberties Union’s Michigan chapter to review its policies for operating its drone.

 

CIA Tech Helps LAPD

LASER is one of many newer law enforcement tools which use data tracking and collection – such as license plate scanners and cell phone trackers – often with little public knowledge or regulation, reported the Associated Press (AP).

The AP described the technology, developed by the CIA’s venture capital arm, allows investigators to match up vast troves of data from 15 sources. More than 3,500 LAPD officers have been trained to use the platform, the LAPD reports.

For the complete report, go to http://tinyurl.com/me2tfxk.

 

Body-Worn Cameras Conference Debuting in June 2015

The first annual Law Enforcement Camera-Based Systems Symposium will be held on June 9-11, 2015, at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, by the IPICD Center for Excellence in Event Reconstruction (CEER). The Symposium will identify legal, administrative, operational, and labor issues about collecting, storing, using, and disseminating recorded information and images collected by law enforcement agencies. While the primary focus will be on body-worn cameras, other camera-based systems will be discussed, including dash cams; Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs); Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV); facial recognition; cellular telephones; jail cameras; and similar devices. Best practices solutions to help agencies avoid many of the hurdles and mistakes others have made will also be presented.

Manufacturers of camera-based recording systems have been invited in order for attendees to learn about their products and get specific hardware questions answered; however, manufacturer’s representatives will not be presenting demos on their respective camera-based systems during the Symposium. A sampling of topics – with best practices solutions – include, but are not limited to:

• Legislative update (state and federal);
• ACLU and citizen concerns;
• Obtaining grants for body-worn cameras;
• Developing policy (i.e., activation, downloading, disciplinary issues);
• Identifying collective bargaining/labor concerns;
• Identifying HIPAA concerns;
• Identifying First Amendment concerns (what can be recorded and then
released);
• Handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests;
• Maintaining evidence credibility (spoliation, retention, redaction issues);
• Recording concerns (witnesses, juveniles, bathroom breaks, domestic situations,
etc.);
• Downloading concerns;
• Storage concerns (first and second tier storage, hybrid);
• Cloud-based trends, challenges, and solutions;
• Discipline concerns;
• Collective bargaining/labor concerns;
• Social media concerns (e.g., third-party commercial company requests);
• Consent decrees and body-worn cameras;
• Report writing concerns (viewing video before or after writing reports);
• Training and performance-based testing;
• Internal affairs use of camera-based video and recordings; and
• Ethical issues, and more.
For additional information, please visit www.ipicd.com/ceer/symposium.php.