Tactical Electronics HHIT Flex Camera

The new Tactical Electronics HHIT Flex camera.

The new Tactical Electronics HHIT Flex camera.

Tactical Electronics is one of the primary manufacturers of the optical solutions needed by today’s tactical (SWAT) and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams. From extended pole cameras to fiber optic scopes to under the door micro cameras, Tactical Electronics is developing solutions for just about every application. Tactical Electronics has just announced the release of their new HHIT Flex camera. This new hand-held surveillance camera, provides (5) different flexible camera necks to meet the tactical needs of law enforcement SWAT or EOD teams.

The compact HHIT Flex camera is an excellent example of the mission specific optics solution provided by Tactical Electronics. Designed for those times that up close and personal is the only option, the HHIT Flex camera offers the operators a stealthy means of gaining intelligence, while remaining behind available cover.

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Zistos StealthSCOPE SSM

Zistos StealthSCOPE SSM

Zistos StealthSCOPE SSM

Zistos is a proud American company providing the latest technology in surveillance cameras and digital transmission systems. One of their outstanding offerings is the StealthSCOPE SSM. A portable camera with IR technology, the StealthSCOPE SSM can provide officers critical intelligence prior to jumping off into the great unknown.

Though the Zistos StealthSCOPE™ was particularly designed and targeted to SWAT Teams and tactical operations, I believe the StealthSCOPE has several other useful operations in the Patrol function. Zistos is proud to design and manufacture their products right here in the U.S.A.

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EOTech 518 Holographic Sight

The EOTech 518 holographic sight.

The EOTech 518 holographic sight.

EOTech 518

EOTech has announced the new 518 holographic weapon site. The EOTech 518 advances on the already very popular EOTech 512.  The 518 uses AA batteries – alkaline or lithium – and has a QD attachment for Picatinny rails.  Two Alkaline AA batteries power the 518 for around 600 continuous hours, while two lithium AA batteries will keep the 518 running for as long as 1,000 hours.  The use of AA batteries should help reduce operational costs.

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Target Vision Wireless Spotting Camera

Target Vision

Target Vision has just announced a new addition to their wireless target camera systems – the Short Range Wireless Spotting Scope.  Target Vision is a Texas company with a mission to produce 21st Century target tracking tools, especially for precision rifle applications.

The Target Vision short range camera provides real-time digital shooting information.

The Target Vision short-range camera provides real-time digital shooting information.

With the Target Vision Wireless Spotting Camera the shooter can receive real-time shot placement images on their laptop, tablet, or smart phone. The Short Range scope is designed for recording and transmitting images from short ranges out to 300 yards, meeting the operational and training range needs of most police snipers.

The camera is placed around 10-15 feet from the target, and slightly off set from the shot angle to reduce the risk of shot or ricochet damage.  The shooter then logs into the WiFi network to open the Target Vision app.  Once in the app is open the shooter is able to aim the camera for the perfect view.  That’s it!  You’re ready to shoot and receive.

The shooter and up to 9 more device users can then wirelessly receive video feedback to their electronic device of choice.  This allows the shooter to  remain in a fairly consistent shooting position, and make real-time adjustments from the data received on their device screen.

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The New Aimpoint Carbine Optic

The Aimpoint Carine Optic (ACO) provides MSR shooters a quality optic at a decent price.

The Aimpoint Carine Optic (ACO) provides MSR shooters a quality optic at a decent price.

Aimpoint aims to add to its market share of red dot sights with the addition of their new Carbine Optic. The Carbine Optic is specifically designed for the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR), and introduces a quality red dot sight to compete in the mid-level price range.

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In Car Police Cameras

In car police cameras have radically altered our understanding of officer safety.  In the past two decades, the videos coming from squad cars have made a huge impact on how instructors present training in the academy and have made lasting impressions on the psyche of many a rookie and seasoned cop.

In Car Police Cameras

Before the widespread use of video cameras in police cars, trainers had to rely on the involved officers to relay the events.  Unfortunately, not all of the officers survived the confrontations to tell what happened.  Those law enforcement officers who were successful still suffered from perceptual narrowing and other effects of the incident, which prevented them from always giving a clear picture of the incident.

As I have mentioned in other articles, the dash cam video of South Carolina State Trooper Mark Coates murder made a significant impact on how I looked at law enforcement, and how I handled myself on the road.  Likewise, videos showing the murders of Nacogdoches County (TX) Constable Darrell Lunsford and Laurens County (GA) Deputy Sheriff Kyle Dinkheller also changed me forever.  These videos, and many more, changed how many trainers taught traffic stops and the use of force.

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Trends in Law Enforcement Mobile Technology

The government has increasingly been accepting technology as a way to improve performance, deliver better service, and connect with citizens more often and more efficiently. Law enforcement is no different, and mobile technology is the latest wave in technology adoption that police are incorporating innovation into their everyday operations.

Fighting Crime

Law enforcement has embraced the trend of connecting with citizens on their terms, even when that means Facebook and Twitter.  Mobile apps are now helping citizens be more engaged in crime fighting, with applications such as Coplogic where users can report thefts and criminal mischief information direction from their phones. The big improvement in doing this electronically is that the submitter receives a PDF copy by email more quickly than the standard one-month turnaround for paper filing.

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Promoting Accuracy

One of the critical things to remember when deploying technology is that law enforcement officers still must be in compliance with proper procedures and ethics while on the go. A new technology tool is helping officers complete their tasks more efficiently while ensuring accuracy on all levels. An app known as ASSET (which stands for Arrest, Search and Seizure Electronic Tool) was created by a professor at the UNC School of Government. The app is an easy reference for law enforcement on the go to verify information and get answers in real time. Perhaps the most exciting part of the application is that it can be used with or without an Internet connection, so officers can literally use it anywhere and at anytime.

Must Have Information

The PoliceOne application for the iPhone has capabilities for photo reports, archives of expert articles, and breaking police news information. The Spanish for police app helps officers with 200 terms and questions to assist when there’s a language barrier. Finally, Police Logger Plus is perfect for officers tired of hunting for pen and paper to record information and events, as it records whatever they need directly onto the phone for review later.

Reaching Citizens

Since most social media is used to engage others and share information, it’s no surprise that social media sites are becoming a hotbed for law enforcement to connect with citizens. Each social media site has different purposes and ways that it is used, so law enforcement agencies will benefit from using only those programs that most suit their interests. A blog, for example, is a great way to provide content, but if the department is looking for immediate responses or ability to share information quickly, Twitter would be a better platform for short messages.  The best way to connect with an audience on social media, regardless of the size, is to determine which information belongs on which sites; and to plan in advance the guidelines under which each would be used. Each message or share should be targeted to a specific audience.  For example, the Kansas City Police Department provides up to the minute crime alerts on their Twitter account, but uses Pinterest to put a personal face on the department. When used properly, these social media sites can help improve relationships and engage more users.

This is an ideal time to begin syncing departments up with the technology tools that help them do their jobs and relate with citizens on an immediate basis. New developments are making it easier than ever to integrate these strategies into any department.

About the Author:

Logan Harper is the community relations for UNC-Chapel Hill’s MPA@UNC, a highly ranked Masters of Public Administration program delivered online. In addition to public service and higher education, he is also passionate about travel, cooking, and international politics. Connect with Logan on Twitter @harperlogan.

 

Riot Laser Rifle

riot laser rifleA “riot laser rifle” called the SMU100 is being marketed to police departments in the UK as a non-lethal tool to disrupt looters and violent people from a distance of 500 meters.

The manufacturer of the light gun, Photonic Security Systems, previously marketed the SMU100 laser rifle as a maritime security tool to discourage pirates.

According to Photonic Security Systems, the SMU100:

“…emits a dazzling wall of light capable of repelling threat. The shoulder mounted technology temporarily impairs the vision of anyone caught in its infra-red sights.”

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