The September/October 2015 edition is our annual Computer Hardware/Software Technology issue.
Highlights from this issue include:
• The Future Is Near
• The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System
• Seeing in the Dark: Part 2 – Thermal Imaging
• Body-Worn Cameras: Rebuilding Public Trust Through Organizational Culture
• Shooting the GLOCK® G43
• Speed Enforcement 2015
• And Much More!
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CARFAX® Unveils Free Dedicated Web Site for Law Enforcement
CARFAX has launched a new Web site to help law enforcement solve crimes faster. At www.CarfaxforPolice.com, law enforcement agencies nationwide can quickly access free CARFAX investigative tools and CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ to help solve homicides, drug trafficking and other felonies, along with combating auto crime. CARFAX used direct input from investigators to build the site so that it best meets user needs.
Law enforcement investigators can log onto CarfaxforPolice.com from their desktop or mobile device. Adding specific vehicles to CARFAX VIN Alert is as easy as clicking a single button on any CARFAX Report being viewed on the site. A redesigned homepage dashboard keeps track of CARFAX investigative tools usage by individual users and police departments. Agency crash report sales and revenue from www.Crashdocs.org are also included in the dashboard.
Registered users have accessto crash reports from other police departments partnered with CARFAX as well.
The free CARFAX investigative tools are available for use by law enforcement agencies partnered with CARFAX. In addition, there is zero investment – no start-up costs, maintenance fees or hardware/software to buy – for police departments to make their crash reports available online through Crashdocs’ e-commerce platform.
TUITION-FREE ONLINE TRAINING: AGONAL BREATHING
“Law enforcement officers are generally given good training on how to capture, control and restrain an individual, but are given little, if any, training on post-restraint issues such as how to identify agonal [agony] breathing,” said Dr.John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D., President of the internationally recognized training firm, Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD). To help avoid or minimize constitutional and/or negligence “failure to train” allegations made by families of suspects who had suddenly died after yelling, “I can’t breathe,” the IPICD is offering a tuition-free agonal breathing online training course through its Online Training Center (www.ipicdtc.com).
Statistically, about 40% of individuals who had suffered cardiac arrest or Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) experienced agonal respirations. Although agonal “breathing” means death is near, agonal respirations are also associated with survival, as about 60% of people who had survived cardiac arrest had agonal respirations. A person’s survival is often a result of bystanders knowing what agonal respirations sound like, look like and then knowing what actions to take.
“Because this is such an important liability topic, the IPICD staff and directors unanimously agreed we had a social responsibility to offer this course to help educate officers, dispatchers, administrators and other interested parties about what agonal breathing is; what it sounds like; and suggest on-scene ‘best practices’ to enhance survivability,” said Dr. Peters. After successfully completing the six lessons in the tuition-free online course and passing a short online assessment, a personalized “Certificate of Completion” can be immediately printed.
“If he’s talking, he’s breathing” is often a frustrated and inaccurate reply by law enforcement spokespersons to media questions about a suspect who yelled, “I can’t breathe,” before suddenly dying. “One breath does not equal breathing, just as a few gulps or gasps from an unconscious person is not a sign of adequate breathing,” continued Dr. Peters.
WatchGuard Video Introduces Smaller HD Body Camera
WatchGuard Video has begun shipping the Standard Capacity version of its VISTA™ high-definition body-worn camera which weighs 4.3 ounces and provides six hours of HD video recording and 12.5 hours of standby time on a single charge.
For perspective, the Standard Capacity VISTA is smaller than a credit card in height and width, and lighter than an iPhone® 6 in weight.
The Standard Capacity VISTA body camera comes equipped with WatchGuard’s Record-Afterthe-Fact™ technology which ensures no incident is missed – even if a situation escalates quickly and an officer doesn’t have time to press record. The continuous recording technology allows police agencies to go “back in time” to capture events which would have otherwise been missed, even days later.
“The VISTA Standard Capacity police body-worn camera is constructed with cast magnesium, polyurethane rubber and a military-grade Polyetherimide resin, ensuring durability and reliability in real-life conditions experienced by law enforcement professionals,” said WatchGuard Founder and CEO Robert Vanman.
The VISTA Standard version features ultrawide dynamic range for superior nighttime recording, a patent pending locking chest mount and an optional no fault warranty which features unlimited camera replacements and coverage for brackets, clips and cables.
VISTA is also offered in an Extended Capacity version which weighs 5.3 ounces and offers nine hours of HD recording and 19 hours of standby time on a single charge.
For additional information, visit www.watchguardvideo.com.
JUSTNET Adds Resources for Houses of Worship
Reports of mass shootings and other threats to public safety monopolize the headlines. Houses of worship have been targeted along with malls, military recruitment centers, schools, theaters and other gathering places. If you’re looking for resources to help houses of worship in your community prepare to respond to, and mitigate the consequences of, an emergency situation, the JUSTNET Web site offers a new resource section which can help. Also, look for information on a new app under development by the National Institute of Justice which will help houses of worship evaluate facilities and create plans for preventing attacks and other catastrophic events. Visit https://www.justnet.org/Houses_of_Worship.html for resource information, and check back often for updates on app development and on new resources.
Police Officers Face Risk of Traffic Injuries Under Many Conditions
Police officers face an elevated risk of being injured in a collision when they are sitting in a stationary car as compared to low speed driving, as well as when they are responding to an emergency call with their siren blaring as compared to routine patrol, according to a new RAND Corporation study. In addition, officers face a higher risk of being injured in a crash when they are riding a motorcycle compared to driving a car; driving solo compared to having a second officer in the car; or not wearing a seat belt compared to wearing a seat belt.
The findings provide the first quantitative estimates of the risk factors for injury to law enforcement officers in vehicle crashes – the largest cause of death among police in the United States. The results are published in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.
The study finds that about one quarter of all crashes and 30% of injury crashes studied occurred when a police officer’s car was stationary. The study found that 80% of all nonminor crashes – both those involving injury and those without injury – occurred when officers were driving without lights or siren and more than 70% of the nonminor crashes occurred during routine driving.
Sixteen local, county and state law enforcement agencies across the nation were surveyed to collect details about officer vehicle crashes and which crash characteristics are associated with officer injuries. The departments queried represented a Police Officers Face Risk of Traffic Injuries Under Many Conditions variety of sizes; were geographically diverse; and employed about 19,000 officers in total.
The survey yielded information about 854 crashes, including 90 which involved injuries to the officer driving. Findings from the analysis include:
• Officers were at three to four times greater risk for injury in crashes when their emergency lights and siren were on or when responding to an emergency call compared to routine patrol. However, the speed of an officer’s car was not a significant risk factor.
• The risk of an officer being injured in a crash when he (or she) is not using a seat belt is two to three times greater than when wearing a seat belt. This is similar to the risk seen among all drivers in traffic accidents.
• Motorcycle officers are about five times more likely to sustain injury in a crash than an officer in a car and about ten times more likely than officers in sport utility vehicles.
• A single officer in a vehicle has more than twice the risk of injury in a crash compared to having another officer in the car. Conversely, having a nonofficer in the vehicle increased the risk of injury. A possible explanation is that a solo officer faces distractions from the radio, data terminal or suspect passengers.
Actions for law enforcement agencies to take to lower the risk of injury collisions, including restricting motorcycle use to situations where the use of other vehicles is not feasible and developing alternatives to bracket mounted mobile data terminals which officers often strike during collisions.
Free App Gives First Responders Access to Information on Potential Railcar Hazards
AskRail™, a collaborative effort among all North American Class I railroads, the Association of American Railroads, Railinc Corp. and The Transportation Technology Center, Inc., provides data on the type of hazardous materials a railcar might be carrying and puts information in responders hands on how to respond to an incident. For security reasons, only qualified emergency responders who have completed rail emergency training sponsored by one of the Class I freight railroads or at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) can download and use the AskRail app, although railroads can offer the app to known emergency responders along their routes.
Through AskRail’s easy to use mobile interface, emergency responders can:
• Use a simple railcar ID search to see whether a railcar on a train is carrying hazardous materials;
• View the contents of the entire train; and
• View emergency contact information for all Class I railroads and Amtrak®.
For more information, visit http://askrail.us/.