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Product Update

April 2010

The Police Chief keeps you on the cutting edge of law enforcement technology with monthly product announcements. For free in-depth information, visit us online, or circle the appropriate Reader Service Numbers on the Reader Response Card (adjacent to the index of advertisers in this issue), and fax or mail the postage-paid card today. Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.

Emergency visor light

Code 3 Inc.’s easy-to-install LED Visor Flip Light provides a powerful punch of emergency light when needed. It can be hidden from view until the visor is flipped down—perfect for undercover applications. The combination of 26 flash patterns, low amp draw, economical price, and quick operation provide an ideal solution for undercover vehicles. The unit has a five-year warranty and meets SAE and California Title 13 specifications. Available with both clear and colored lenses that match the LED color, the Visor Flip Light mounts with two Velcro straps and a nine-foot lighter plug with an on/off switch.

For more information, click here, and enter number 88.

Evaluation forms

CFI Research announces the Law Enforcement Evaluation Digital Form Program, an employee evaluation software program developed specifically for law enforcement agencies. This full-featured and intuitive form program makes the employee evaluation process easier, faster, and more effective. It eliminates the paper chase and greatly reduces the amount of time departments need to spend on evaluations. The performance appraisal process becomes convenient, quick, and easy, and the content and the quality of reports improve with standardized categories and performance descriptions included.

For more information, click here, and enter number 89.

Tactical zoom lever

MGM Targets announces the release of the MGM Switchview tactical lever: a small, lightweight lever that clamps around the power adjustment ring of variable power scopes. Made from anodized 6061/T6 aluminum, the Switchview allows its user to quickly and easily adjust the scope’s power setting with a push or pull of the lever. The product is ideal for law enforcement, military, or competition shooters, working equally well on telescopic sights for AR-15 to long-range bolt actions. Only slightly higher than most target-style turrets, the lever is easy to use and enables the user to change magnification settings in seconds.

For more information, click here, and enter number 90.

Chemical detection cassettes

Morphix Technologies presents a new tool for detecting dangerous toxic agents: the Chameleon. It is lightweight and field configurable, allowing users to load one chemical cassette if the specific threat is known or fill the armband with 10 different cassettes for unknown environments. The reusable armband is designed to be worn around the forearm and fits over everything from bare arms to turnout gear to Level-A suits. If two colors appear in a cassette’s sensor window, a chemical is present.

For more information, click here, and enter number 91.

Firearms tripods

BOGgear’s TAC Series, the newest addition to the company’s BOG-POD tripod offerings, is available in two models: the TAC-3—a tall tripod, and the TAC 3S—a short tripod and the only one of its kind on the market that is designed for the prone shooting position. These products feature BOGgear’s own Vel-Coat finish on the top tubes to cut glare and reduce noise. The TAC Series is one of the quietest shooting platforms made for sportsmen, law enforcement, and competitors. The rapid-adjust lever locks make adjusting to any height quick and quiet with noise-reducing rubber ring guards.

For more information, click here, and enter number 92.

Vehicle software manager

Mentor Engineering announces that the latest version of XMobile Manager (XMM) has passed the high standards of compatibility, reliability, and performance of the Windows 7 operating system. XXM remotely programs, updates, and manages software running on Mentor’s in-vehicle computer, Mentor Ranger. It also tracks current software of each vehicle. This replaces the time-consuming and costly task of physically updating each vehicle’s device individually. XXM 3.0 features an improved user interface with elements such as the Windows 7 ribbon, lending a fresh, clean look; improved functionality; and a better reporting structure.

For more information, click here, and enter number 93.

Military and uniform footwear

Bates Footwear has launched its new C3 boot, containing a patented technology that provides unmatched footwear breathability. C3 joins an already impressive portfolio of military and uniform footwear. Designed for hardwearing comfort, the C3 boots feature patented cross-channel circulation technology to keep feet cooler and more comfortable. As the wearer moves, air is forced through the patented construction, providing superior breathability. C3 boasts a durable leather and 1680 Denier nylon upper, as well as a resilient 360-degree rubber outsole that provides impressive grip and stability.

For more information, click here, and enter number 94.


The ultrapowerful Kaibab binoculars are ideal for long hours of long-distance surveillance. The 15-power magnification reveals the finest details, and the superior, fully multicoated optics and phase-corrected roof prisms deliver optimum resolution and color fidelity. Vortex’s proprietary ArmorTek protects exterior lens surfaces with a scratch-resistant coating that repels dirt and fingerprints. Absolute water-, fog-, and dustproof performance is achieved with O-ring sealed construction and argon gas purging. Its HD system guarantees exceptional resolution of the finest details, and it is tripod adaptable.

For more information, click here, and enter number 95.

Investigation flashlight

Spectronics Corporation introduces the new and improved OFK-7000 OPTIMAX Multi-Lite LED Forensic Light Source Kit. It features a cordless, rechargeable flashlight with seven Qwik-Connect interchangeable LED lamp heads for expanded usage in crime scene investigation, gathering potential evidence, and forensic laboratory work. The lightweight flashlight (only 15 ounces) is rugged and corrosion-resistant. Powered by a NiMH battery, the lamp provides 90 minutes of continuous service between charges. A detachable diffusing filter, another new feature of the OFK-7000 kit, provides soft lighting for forensic photography.

For more information, click here, and enter number 96.

Protective undergarments

Tru-Spec has introduced a new line of protective and ultracomfortable underwear focused on the needs of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, military personnel, and other public safety officials. Tru-Spec’s new Cordura brand base-layer undergarments are manufactured from a 60/40 cotton/nylon jersey knit that is engineered to be comfortable, protective, durable, and versatile. Cordura undergarments are manufactured with flat-seam construction to reduce friction and with offset shoulder seams to avoid seam stacking. The fabric also is protected with freshFX fabric technology for long-term body odor resistance. ?

For more information, click here, and enter number 97.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 4, April 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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