The July/August 2015 issue is our annual Surveillance and Investigative Technology edition.
Highlights from this issue include:
• Seeing in the Dark: Part 1 – Night Vision Devices
• New DNA Analysis Technology Could Help Solve Cold Cases
• Learning to Fly Drones
• Body Armor Update: 2015
• The Walther CCP™ – Test & Evaluation
• New SWAT and Tactical Equipment
• And Much More!
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IACP Launches Cybercrime Resource
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has launched its Law Enforcement Cyber Center (www.iacpcybercenter.org), a collaborative effort with the RAND Corporation and the Police Executive Research Forum which is backed by funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Cyber Center will enhance awareness, expand education and build capacity, with a goal of preventing, investigating, prosecuting and responding to cybercrime. Divided into three principal functional area (investigations, digital forensics and IT security), the site includes links to outside resources and a vast amount of resource material developed specifically for the Cyber Center.
Point Blank Enterprises Now Offering a New Body-Worn Camera Solution – IRIS
Point Blank Enterprises, a leader in the production of soft body armor and related protective solutions, has announced the launch of its first ever body-worn camera solution, the Intelligence Retrievable Incident System (IRIS), designed to meet the growing demand for law enforcement agencies to provide a visual and audio record of officers’ interactions with the public.
As more and more agencies across the country seek to comply with Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Programs (PIP), Point Blank’s latest IRIS solution offers an effective approach to achieving agency goals. Preliminary evidence, including a 2013 report from the Department of Justice (DOJ), has shown that the presence of body-worn cameras helps to strengthen accountability and transparency, assists in deescalating conflicts, and can result in more constructive encounters between the police and members of the community. Point Blank has brought forth a viable BWC offering which incorporates innovative technology and “best practices” training for officers who are required to use this equipment in performing their duties.
Point Blank has developed a Gen II camera with multiple cutting-edge capabilities which provide much needed flexibility and can easily integrate with an officer’s protective vest, helmet, uniform, etc. Among IRIS’ primary components: a push to talk for two-way radio speaker; an HD camera for still photos; audio only recording; a power on and off switch; a photo sensor for infrared light; an infrared light; true viewing angle; a record button; a two-way radio speaker plug; HDMI and USB output; and file tagging.
Michael Foreman, EVP of International Business Development, Federal Sales and Marketing at Point Blank Enterprises, stated, “Now more than ever, in the wake of events that have commanded national attention, we are seeing the rising call for officers to wear cameras. This call for increasing police accountability and public awareness is being reinforced by the DOJ’s ongoing investments in programs and equipment. With Point Blank’s expanding reach into the LE market; our body armor designs, systems and accessories; as well as strategic industry relationships, it seemed only natural for us and a timely opportunity to develop and deliver the unique IRIS solution. I’ve been on both sides of the fence in terms of being a sworn officer and a civilian, and I understand the importance of building positive communications and trust between LE professionals and the communities they serve in order to maintain the security and safety of all. I believe IRIS adds yet another dimension to Point Blank’s commitment to safeguarding our society.”
The IRIS (which is available to officers nationwide through DOJ grant programs and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program) offers unparalleled features, including a 20 vs. 16 megapixel HD image sensor and 1296p/1080p/720p/480p; supports up to 64GB video storage; a built-in two inch TFT LCD display; ruggedized construction for operation in adverse conditions; impact-resistant up to six feet; submersible in water up to 15 feet; easy to use one button recording; up to 30 seconds of pre-/post recording; prerecord audio disable option; 140° viewing angle; two batteries, one battery for 6.2 to 6.6 hours (polymer battery); a high performance and specialized DSP video chip set; auto IR turn on/off up to 45 feet in total darkness; and an optional built-in GPS/WIFI.
In response to meeting agency specifications which require the natural view of the officer, Point Blank will also offer the following upon agencies’ requests: an option to disable the night vision feature and an option to reduce field of view.
Mr. Foreman continued, “We see opportunities to redefine the body-worn camera market and provide law enforcement officers with the advanced equipment and knowledge they need to better perform their duties. Safeguarding the lives of our men and women in uniform and ultimately our communities remains the company’s number one priority and that requires us to continually go to market with transformative solutions such as what we’re introducing today.” For more information, please visit Point Blank’s Web site at www.pointblankenterprises.com.
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 NIJ. 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.
BJA Launches the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit, an online clearinghouse of resources designed to support law enforcement professionals to plan and implement body-worn camera programs. This free resource consolidates and translates the growing body of knowledge about body-worn camera programs and technology. In direct response to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the BJA developed the toolkit to assist law enforcement agencies on implementing body-worn camera programs in a way which builds on the best research currently available, with input from criminal justice and community stakeholders.
The Web site’s features include information, templates and tools focused on model policies and procedures, privacy considerations, lessons learned for implementation, and training needs. For more information, visit the Body-Worn Camera Toolkit at https://www.bja.gov/bwc/ or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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