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Advances and Applications


Where do the good ideas come from?

In this column, we offer our readers the opportunity to learn about - and benefit from - some of the cutting-edge technologies being implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.

Police Officers Save Lives with Knife

The Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation and its licensee Taylor Cutlery LLC introduce a lifesaving tool for law enforcement and rescue personnel: the Smith & Wesson 911 First Response knife.

The knife is designed to be easily portable, multifunctional, and durable under water so law enforcement and safety personnel do not have to carry three separate tools-a knife, a window punch, and a seat belt cutter-to extricate accident victims from their vehicles.

The knife's piston mechanism is designed to allow the user to safely break and force away an automobile window in the event the vehicle's electrical system fails. Officers can also use the serrated blade to cut through seat belts should the seat belt system malfunction and trap a passenger in a car seat.

Sergeant Earl Henley, a shift rescue field training officer in Johnson City, Tennessee, has used the knife to save the lives of six accident victims since July 2002. "In a recent accident, we used the Smith & Wesson 911 First Response knife to break through a minivan's window, cut through the seat belt, and successfully extricate the accident victim all within the 'golden hour,' the hour between when an accident occurs and when the victim is treated at the hospital," said Henley.

Plan to visit Smith & Wesson at booth 523 in the exhibit halls during the annual IACP conference.

For more information, circle no. 200 on Reader Service Card

New York City Police Acquire Employee ID Card System

SAIC announces that the New York City Police Department will implement employee identification cards designed to enhance security for all department employees and buildings.

Each card is embedded with two microchips. One is a 32-kilobyte contact chip that has its own operating system, is compatible with other systems, and has data and storage capability similar to that of a hard disk.

A second microchip, a contactless chip, stores templates of the cardholder's fingerprint and hand geometry. This will facilitate entry into police facilities such as One Police Plaza.

The microchips are also configured to store specific information, such as emergency medical and notification information. The department's ID cards will be used to record time, attendance, and identification.

The front of the ID cards will display the member's name, signature, photograph, shield number, if applicable, and appropriately colored background. Other features include holograms, a signature block, and an encoded electronic identification number.

The member's tax number and date of birth are printed on the reverse side of the card. These are characteristics that can be seen by the naked eye, but other hidden security features exist that are known only by NYPD officials.

"We need a more reliable system to make certain we know who is coming into the police department's facilities," states Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. "The new ID cards will provide tremendous improvements in security and identification."

Plan to visit SAIC at booth 2451 in the exhibit halls during the annual IACP conference.

For more information, circle no. 201 on Reader Service Card

Montgomery County, Maryland, Implements Communications System

The Northrop Grumman Corporation announces that Montgomery County, Maryland, went live this summer with an emergency communications system designed, integrated, and implemented by the company.

The county's new public safety communications system includes an 800-megahertz voice radio system and the public safety data system (PSDS), as well as the interfaces between the two systems.

Northrop Grumman's Mission Systems sector managed the integration and testing of PSDS systems such as computer-aided dispatch, automatic vehicle location, mobile data communications subsystem, and approximately 1,400 in-vehicle mobile computers.

Northrop Grumman IT designed, installed, and tested the applications that make up the core of the PSDS, and the sector trained Montgomery County staff on their use. The applications include computer-aided dispatch, mapping, and automatic vehicle location.

Northrop Grumman's other partner on the project, Motorola, designed and installed the 800-megahertz voice radio communication system and the mobile data communications system for the PSDS.

Montgomery County's police department, sheriff's office, and fire and rescue service will be the primary users of the new public safety systems. These systems will also support other local and federal jurisdictions and agencies.

A future phase of this project will include a records management system and a field reporting system that officials expect to activate in fall 2004.

Plan to visit Northrop Grumman at booths 2063 and 2163 in the exhibit halls during the annual IACP conference in Philadelphia.

For more information, circle no. 202 on Reader Service Card


From The Police Chief, vol. 70, no. 10, October 2003. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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