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Product Update



The Police Chief keeps you on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology with monthly product announcements. For free in-depth information, visit http://www.theiacp.org/pubinfo/pc/ and insert the product number on the Reader Response Form (ideal when requesting information from more than one company). Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.

Gas Mask
Gas mask
MSA announces its Millennium CBRN gas mask, a NIOSH-certified full-face air-purifying respirator (APR). The mask is designed to provide first responders with effective respiratory protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents that might be used in a terrorist attack. MSA’s Millennium gas mask incorporates a flexible one-piece polyurethane lens with wide field of vision bonded to a durable Hycar rubber facepiece. A drinking tube provides connection for hydration. The Millennium dual-canister mount allows for weapon sighting from either shoulder. The mask is easy to don, adjust, and remove. An internal nose cup deflects air from the lens to prevent fogging. A standard mechanical speaking diaphragm is included. A butyl-coated nylon hood is also available for head protection.

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Lights
INOVA, a leader in LED lighting, introduces the T Series, a law enforcement line of four backup and duty lights (including a rechargeable model) designed to have effective ranges from 175 to 300 feet. All four T Series models feature the proprietary, patent-pending TIROS optical system from INOVA that captures and projects more than 90 percent of the light output. A stainless steel head and sapphire glass window protect the powerful lens. The bodies of the T Series lights are made of crushproof, shockproof aircraft aluminum. They feature hard-coat anodizing, making them scratchproof and protecting them from rusting. All of the T Series products have a raised button on the end so an officer’s gloved hand can easily depress the on/off switch.

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Spanish communication cards

CommuniCard announces the Police Traffic CommuniCard, pocketsize cards designed to help English-speaking police officers communicate with motorists who speak only Spanish. The cards feature pictures that communicate such common traffic-stop instructions such as “May I see your ID and insurance?” and “You exceeded the speed limit.” CommuniCards are available as laminated pocket guides and decks, each one focusing on a specific task area for construction, lawn care, housekeeping, and police traffic stops.

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Electronic beacon
Designed to replace dangerous incendiary road flares, the electronic beacon from PowerFlare is an LED light about the size of a hockey puck. It is designed to be strong enough to withstand being run over by large trucks, even at highway speeds. The electronic beacon is nonflammable, making it safe for use at hazmat scenes and safe to store in the trunk of a police cruiser, and it can be attached to officers’ belts and vests to increase visibility. It can also be used as a personal safety light for search-and-rescue personnel and bicyclists, and as a marker for helicopter landing zones.

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Warning Buzzer
Warning buzzers
Cole Hersee Company, a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty electrical and electronic products for the vehicle industry, introduces its line of warning buzzers and alarm kits designed to alert drivers of emergency vehicles that a system has either failed or reached a dangerous level that could escalate to failure. The low air pressure alarm kit, for instance, sounds a warning buzzer when air pressure is too low to safely operate the brakes. Universal buzzers alert the driver to various dangers, and dual alarms have a combination warning light and buzzer that operate simultaneously for a two-way warning of hazardous conditions. Applications include engine monitoring to detect low air, oil, water, and transmission fluid, door ajar, battery failure, low vacuum for brakes, hydraulics failure, and many other problems.

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Case management software
i2 Inc. announces Visual Notebook, visualization software designed to enable law enforcement investigators to streamline the crime solving process by graphically visualizing disparate case data. Visual Notebook enables investigators to organize case information, distill key information from mounting investigative data, and present the findings in an intuitive visual format. By focusing on vital aspects of a case such as relationships between suspects, witnesses, vehicles, financial transactions and events, investigators can view the big picture without getting lost in the details. Once data relationships are established, Visual Notebook allows investigators to understand how all of the case information fits together, and which gaps require further investigation.

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Combination metal detector and flashlight
Tactical Scanners announces the Tactical ScanLite, a rechargeable flashlight and metal detector in one compact unit. The Tactical ScanLite, which has a flashlight on one end and a metal detector on the other, is designed to be worn on the duty belt of law enforcement and security personnel. Powered by four Sanyo NiMH double-A rechargeable batteries, the ScanLite features a high-intensity xenon gas-filled lamp and a one-inch machined aluminum reflector. The unit weighs 12 ounces and is designed to have a run time of up to two hours of continuous flashlight use. The metal detector is engineered to detect ferrous and nonferrous metals inches away, in all directions regardless of the position relative to the subject.

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Search mirrors
Security equipment specialist PW Allen has redesigned its popular CEM series of search mirrors. The telescopic CEM series is used for a wide range of visual search activities by customs, border control, police, corrections, military, and counterterrorist officers. An under-vehicle rechargeable trolley mirror is also part of the range. Designed to search inaccessible areas, CEM units provide a long-reach telescopic arm with optional light pod. The lightweight five-section arm has an injection-moulded, locking mechanism that holds the arm in the extended position during use. The light pod assembly contains six ultrabright LEDs.


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Power-failure light
Panasonic introduces its SQT555 power-failure light, a bright six-watt fluorescent lamp that automatically turns on during power outages and, to conserve energy, automatically shuts off when power is restored. It is designed to provide functional lighting that covers a wide area for up to seven hours before needing to be recharged. Plug the unit into the AC adaptor and a full charge will be reached in 10 hours. To help preserve battery life, an electronic battery protection system prevents the battery from being overcharged or fully drained. In addition, the unit can be mounted to the wall, allowing easy access when needed.


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Mobile computer
Itronix Corporation, a developer of wireless, rugged mobile computing solutions, introduces the GoBook III laptop computer. The GoBook III, based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, which includes the Intel Pentium M processor and ATI’s Radeon Mobility video engine, is a powerful mobile computing solution that enables organizations to deploy a broad range of complex software applications and gives users significantly longer and better battery performance compared to previous-generation rugged systems. The Go-Book III will ship with the Microsoft Windows XP SP-2 operating system.

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Flashlight
To answer law enforcement professionals’ call for tough, dependable aluminum lights, Pelican Products, a leading manufacturer of tactical lights, unveils the M12 Rechargeable Aluminum. Built Pelican-tough from die-cast aluminum, the lightweight M12 sports a high-pressure Xenon bulb designed to deliver 151 lumens of brilliant white light for nearly two hours of burn time. The M12 features an octagonal body design, a vinyl sure-grip for all-weather usage, and a fast charger for minimal downtime. The M12’s NiCad cell is good for up to 1,000 charges and will deliver nearly 2,000 hours of use.

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Bomb blanket and container
BlastGard announces the FR 2414, a 40-pound ballistic bomb blanket and container. The product’s explosive mitigating properties are designed to absorb the deadly force of a detonated bomb while extinguishing the fireball, reducing damaging shock-driven acceleration, and capturing the fragmentation.

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Outerwear
5.11 Tactical, a leading manufacturer of uniform and tactical apparel for law enforcement, military, and public safety agencies, introduces its new outerwear line. Each 5.11 Tactical jacket will be sold with an accompanying ANSI II reflective vest. The line also features the company’s breathable, waterproof fabric and patent-pending belt system design for concealment of gear. The 5.11 Tactical outerwear offering includes the three-in-one parka with a two-layer waterproof shell and wind-resistant fleece liner for wet and windy conditions; the lined duty jacket for regular wear; the soft shell jacket, providing warmth without the bulk for great styling; the ANSI II reflective vest, offering increased safety day or night; and an accessory pouch kit system to store essential gear inside the jackets.

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Phone number and address look-up service
NonPublished.com, a Web-based reverse phone and address look-up service, announces a new service for law enforcement and others who may be trying to locate people who do not want to be found. NonPublished.com offers a combination of reverse unlisted phone number look-up and name look-up that can be used to locate almost anyone nationwide. NonPublished.com is designed to deliver instant results with a 99.9 percent rate of accuracy.

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Radios
Tait Radio Communications unveils its new line of digital P25-compliant radios, the 9000 Series: the TP9100 portables, the TM9155 mobile, the TB9100 base station, and the TaitNet P25 conventional systems. The Tait 9000 Series is designed to provide high-quality channel voting, several emergency operation options, and automatic mode selection.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 10, October 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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