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Product Update

December 2010 Exhibitor Update

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.

Weatherproof tactical apparel

Tru-Spec announces the addition of three new waterproof, weatherproof jackets and rain pants to its 24–7 Series of on-duty and off-duty tactical apparel. All four outerwear items feature a waterproof WeatherShield shell made from 100 percent nylon with a clear, breathable coating, plus convenience features designed specifically for law enforcement officers. Tru-Spec’s new 24–7 Series rain pants have a waterproof and windproof shell with fully taped and fully lined seams. The shell is breathable so air can circulate and keep the subject sweat free.

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Real-time parking enforcement system

Complus Data Innovations Inc. (CDI) recently released its real-time parking enforcement system. Parking enforcement officers can use CDI’s wireless handhelds to patrol downtown areas and commuter parking lots, among other areas. In Wi-Fi areas, the Complus handhelds can also download the most up-to-date repeat offender lists for identification of boot- or tow-eligible vehicles in the field. This solution is also available for use with cellular technology. CDI also offers handheld ticket writers for parking enforcement, tracking software, and delinquent collection services; complete data conversions from current systems; nationwide DMV lookups; and webbased parking ticket payments.

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Scholary journal

The Homeland Security Review is published by the Institute for Law and Public Policy, an unincorporated division of California University of Pennsylvania. This peer-reviewed, scholarly journal is an interdisciplinary publication devoted to the discussion and analysis of issues related to the subject of homeland security. It publishes feature articles, book reviews, commentaries, and articles focusing on homeland security. The Homeland Security Review is currently offering subscriptions and is accepting articles. Subscription information and submission guidelines can be found online.

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New police patrol vehicle

General Motors has announced order and delivery dates and package specifications for the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV). The rearwheel drive Caprice PPV joins the frontwheel drive Chevrolet Impala and the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. Chevrolet began taking orders for the Caprice PPV detective package in October 2010. Vehicles will hit the streets in April 2011. Ordering for the police package will begin in January 2011, and the vehicles go on duty next June. A full list of vehicle specifications and additional information about the Caprice PPV can be found online.

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Computer-aided dispatch solution

Communications center personnel manage a large amount of information: unit locations, unit statuses, pending incidents, active incidents, and other critical data, which create a dynamic display of activity on their screens. To help staff prioritize and process the information, TriTech’s VisiNet Advisor provides visual and audible notifications based on system, incident, and unit events. Simultaneously, VisiNetAdvisor provides recommendations for immediate action, enabling staff to make fast and accurate decisions. Currently in development and scheduled for general release in 2011, VisiNetAdvisor aims to change the way communication centers manage and process information.

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Criminal justice programs

Individuals are invited to investigate their leadership potential in law enforcement, counterterrorism, and private security with a bachelor’s or master’s degree or certificate from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Classes are taught by experienced members of police departments, the judiciary, the military, and security management firms. Program areas include paralegal studies, investigational forensics, leadership, and management. UMUC offers scholarships, loans, an interest-free monthly payment plan, and no SAT, GRE, or GMAT required.

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Digital voice and data communications

Harris Corporation announces OpenSky2, the next generation of the company’s digital voice and data communications network. A fully interoperable digital radio communication network for public safety, utility, industrial, and transit organizations, OpenSky2 is a comprehensive enhancement of the network platform that includes improved user services, better coverage, and a number of audio improvements and features. OpenSky2 provides a significant improvement in overall voice quality, as well as background noise suppression and enhanced dynamic range. Radio users can choose from 40 different volume settings that can be adjusted to balance ambient noise challenges of the surrounding environment.

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Criminal justice information delivery

InterAct Public Safety Systems, a provider of safety and security software used by government agencies and private-sector businesses, announces its public safety hosting program, Inter-Act’s Law Enforcement Data Delivery Service (ILEDDS), which delivers federal and state criminal justice information to Georgia’s law enforcement and public safety agencies. Secured within the International Justice and Public Safety Information Network (Nlets) and deployed across a variety of mobile devices, this end-to-end solution is designed to maximize officer safety and productivity by supplying officers with critical access to the National Crime Information Center, Nlets, state Criminal Justice Information Services data, and more.

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Federal grant funding support

StarChase LLC, a company specializing in tagging-and-tracking pursuit-management solutions for law enforcement, offers grant program support for law enforcement agencies. StarChase has engaged the expertise of federal consultant Carl R. Peed and grant-writing specialist Margaret Stark to help law enforcement agencies identify available grant monies and provide assistance to secure the needed funding. Peed will work with StarChase and law enforcement agencies to better navigate federal funding sources. Stark will work closely with agencies to access specific grants and will review and offer direction for their submissions.

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Online learning for forensics, investigation

The University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom offers master of science degrees in forensic psychology and criminal investigation in 100 percent online formats to fit into law enforcement professionals’ work schedules, boost career advancement opportunities, and allow individuals to apply psychological principles to their careers. This new program is offered through one of Europe’s leading institutions in forensic psychology. Research and contributions from academics and practitioners in the field combine to create a rich, international, interactive, and stimulating experience for students throughout the program. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 12, December 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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