The November/December 2014 edition is our annual SWAT/Tactical Ops issue.
Highlights from this issue include:
• Transportation 2015 – The 17th Annual Report on the Latest Technical Advances in Police Vehicles, Components and Accessories.
• Responding to Active Shooter Events
• The Tactical Uses of “Drones” in Law Enforcement
• Why the “Perfect Heist” Succeeds
• Shooting the Ruger LC9s®,
• And Much More!
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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LINE OF DUTY DEATH BENEFIT INCREASES
The National Rifle Association is increasing its Line of Duty Death benefit from $25,000 to $35,000. This benefit is automatically available to any current NRA Member, who is also a public law enforcement officer and is killed in the line of duty.
“America’s brave law enforcement officers get up every day, strap on a gun, and put themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities and families,” said Wayne LaPierre, EVP and CEO of the NRA. “They are the good guys who are there for us. The 5 million men and women of the NRA proudly stand with them and their families.”
Started well over 20 years ago, the Line of Duty Death benefit is extended to the survivor(s) of the officer’s family. It requires no additional effort on the part of any officer, as employment as a public law enforcement officer will be validated at the time of the claim.
“I hope we never lose another law enforcement officer in the line of duty,” said NRA Law Enforcement Director Glen Hoyer. “God forbid it happens, but if it does, the NRA wants to be there to help the family of the fallen officer.”
NRA’s Law Enforcement Division was launched in 1960 to provide the law enforcement community with a means to certify law enforcement firearm instructors. Since then, their activities have expanded to include competition, as a direct extension of training, as well as, other assistance to law enforcement and military.
Police and Security News is proud to be the Official Media Sponsor of the Police Security Expo
New Device in the Works to Catch Texting Drivers
A Virginia company is developing a radar gun-like device which would help police catch drivers as they text, reports The Virginian-Pilot.
The technology works by detecting the telltale radio frequencies which emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cell phone, Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics told the newspaper. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged – from a rodent, for instance – by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission. A text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies which can be distinguished by the device ComSonics is developing. That would prove particularly useful for law enforcement in states such as Virginia, where texting behind the wheel is banned, but talking on the phone is legal for adult drivers.
For more information on ComSonics, visit www.comsonics.com.
Mobile App Allows Anonymous Cyberbullying Reporting
STOPit, an anticyberbullying program which provides schools with a mobile app, allows victims and witnesses to anonymously report incidents. More than 200 schools, representing approximately 120,000 students across the U.S., have implemented STOPit for the 2014-2015 academic year. The STOPit app is installed on Apple® or Android devices.
How it works:
• Access codes are given to school for distribution to the students;
• Students download STOPit from the App Store free of charge and enter supplied access code;
• The app will be personalized with the school name and the School Cyberbully Contact button will be preprogrammed; and
• Crisis Call Center is also preloaded for one touch call or text access.
More information on the app can be found at www.stopitcyberbully.com.
Gear and Equipment Significantly Impede Movement
A new study by the Force Science Institute (FSI) documents that officers may be “significantly” impeded in trying to move quickly away from threats because of the weight of their duty belt gear and protective equipment.
Subjecting a pool of law enforcement students to a series of “maximal effort” sprint tests, researchers led by FSI’s Executive Director Dr. Bill Lewinski found that adding about 20 pounds to the recruits to simulate a typically outfitted duty belt and ballistic vest resulted in “significant detrimental effects on officer velocity and acceleration” in taking the critical first six strides away from danger.
“This impediment can impact how quickly an officer can move to cover from a shooting attack; get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle; or maneuver effectively during a close quarters physical encounter,” Lewinski told Force Science News. “Because our test subjects were young and very fit, the average officer is likely to be even more negatively affected than they were.” The answer, Lewinski suggests is a career- long commitment to lower body strength and power training and maintenance, as well as intensive agility training.
A full report of the study, “The Influence of Officer Equipment and Protection on Short Sprinting Performance” will be published next year in the journal, Applied Ergonomics.
Officers Swallow Pill to Help Study Body Temps
A National Institute of Justice funded study is looking at the effect of body armor on core body temperature. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Tactical Medics International is working with the Baton Rouge Police Department to learn and measure the body temperatures of officers.
As part of the study, officers take an ingestible thermometer pill which has a CorTemp® Ingestible Core Body Temperature Sensor from HQInc. The core body temperature is transmitted wirelessly as it travels through the digestive tract. The sensor’s signal passes through the body to the CorTemp Data Recorder worn on the outside of the body.
How the CorTemp Sensor Works
The silicone coated sensor contains a micro battery, quartz crystal, communication coil and circuit board, all encapsulated in medical grade epoxy. Once ingested, the crystal sensor vibrates at a frequency relative to the body’s internal temperature, produces a magnetic flux and transmits a low frequency signal harmlessly through the body. The sensor passes through the body at the subject’s normal rate of motility which can vary anywhere from 24 to 36 hours.
New Perspective on Serial Murder Investigations
The research project, “Serial Murder: Pathways for Investigations,” provides empirical information based on actual cases to help law enforcement personnel working active, unsolved serial murder investigations.
The research focuses on how and where victims’ bodies were discovered and what that says about the killers. The body disposal scenarios used by offenders were separated into four pathways: transported from the murder site and concealed; transported from the murder site and dumped; left “as is” at the murder site; and left at the murder site and concealed.
The reasons for focusing on body disposal scenarios, according to the study, include a number of factors:
• The body disposal site is usually the initial scene law enforcement professionals are exposed to in their investigation.
• The manner and circumstances of the body disposal can lead to logical conclusions concerning the nature of the crime.
• The different body disposal scenarios can reflect the varied criminal experience levels of offenders.
• The manner of body disposal may show a potential relationship between the offender and the victim.
To download the study, go to http://tinyurl.com/m6rfuca.
NYPD Officers Learn to Tweet
The NYPD is requiring some of its top police officers to take a class in Twitter use. As reported by the New York Post, a memo was sent to commanding officers following a series of incidents where posts were made on the top social network which were deemed controversial.
According to the Post, the course is designed to prevent embarrassing posts from being made by officers.
Apple® Committed to Customer Privacy
Apple says its commitment to customer privacy doesn’t stop because of a government information request.
“Government information requests are a consequence of doing business in the Digital Age,” says Apple.com. “We believe in being as transparent as the law allows about what information is requested from us. In addition, Apple says it has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a “back door” in any of its products or services. Apple also says it has never allowed any government access to its servers – and never will.
The most common requests Apple receives for information come from law enforcement in the form of either a “Device Request” or an “Account Request.” “Our legal team carefully reviews each request, ensuring it is accompanied by valid legal process,” the Apple Web site says. “All content requests require a search warrant. If we are legally compelled to divulge any information and it is not counterproductive to the facts of the case, we provide notice to the customer when allowed and deliver the narrowest set of information possible in response. National security-related requests are not considered Device Requests or Account Requests and are reported in a separate category altogether.”
On devices running iOS 8, personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), E-mail, contacts, call history, iTunes® content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of a passcode. Unlike its competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. “So, it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8,” Apple says.
Device Requests – 93% are from law enforcement working on behalf of a customer.
Account Requests – 7% are from law enforcement seeking customer account information.
Read Apple’s guidelines for law enforcement requests via the Apple Web site at