The May/June 2015 issue is our annual Law Enforcement Weapons edition.
Highlights from this issue include:
• Holster Selection: Considerations for Concealed Carry Applications
• Sights You Can See
• The RAZAR Rapid Adaptive Zoom
• A Practical Guide to Body-Worn Cameras: Part Two
• Product Highlight: Law Enforcement Footwear
• Police Security Expo 2015 – Official Trade Show Guide
• 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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New Web Site Provides Facts about Body Armor Standards,
Testing and Practical Use
Law enforcement and corrections officers have a new resource for determining how to purchase high quality equipment which could ultimately save their lives. PoliceArmor.org features news and information on body armor which meets the standards set forth by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Provided by the people who write the standards, test the products and promote officer safety, PoliceArmor.org is a one-stop resource for body armor information.
The NIJ and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), both components of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, have teamed up to offer tips on how to select, purchase, wear and care for body armor. The NIJ’s National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) hosts the site. PoliceArmor.org highlights the NIJ’s Compliance Testing Program and features targeted messages for law enforcement leaders, female officers and those working in corrections. It also includes real-life accounts of officers who survived potentially deadly assaults.
Police and Security News is proud to be the Official Media Sponsor of the Police Security Expo
Biodetection Technologies for First Responders: 2014 Product Guide
Now Available as an App
First responders know that white powder scenarios – or suspected biological threats – require quick and decisive action, and that having the right field equipment available to identify suspicious substances can be complicated, challenging and expensive. Biodetection Technologies for First Responders: 2014 Product Guide (http://tinyurl.com/lgpay94) summarizes and compares an extensive list of commercially available, hand-portable technologies. Produced by the U.S. De- partment of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the guide has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since its release. Since many first responders do not always have immediate access to a computer, the lab has developed a mobile version for cell phones and tablets.
You can download the free app version of Biodetection Technologies for First Responders: 2014 Product Guide from the iTunes store at http://tinyurl.com/poynv8u.
License Plate Readers Double Stolen Car Recoveries
A report is available on the results of a randomized field experiment with License Plate Readers (LPR) conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum and the Mesa (AZ) Police Department to target the problem of auto theft. The experiment sought to determine whether, and to what extent, LPR use improves the ability of police to recover stolen cars, apprehend auto thieves and deter auto theft. The National Institute of Justice funded project examined the operations of a specialized four car police auto theft unit which worked in auto theft hot spots over a period of time – both with and without LPR devices. The study showed that LPR use considerably enhanced the productivity of the auto theft unit in checking license plates, detecting stolen vehicles and plates, apprehending auto thieves and recovering stolen vehicles. The use of LPRs resulted in eight to ten times more plates checked, nearly three times as many “hits” for stolen vehicles and twice as many vehicle recoveries. A copy of the report can be found at http://tinyurl.com/lpt5lpg. (This report is the result of a National Institute of Justice-funded project, but was not published by the U.S.Department of Justice.)
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
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.
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
• Handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests;
• Maintaining evidence credibility (spoliation, retention, redaction issues);
• Recording concerns (witnesses, juveniles, bathroom breaks, domestic situations,
• 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.