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Product Update

September 2003 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 us at, 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.

Hazmat software
The PEAC-WMD system (pictured above) from AristaTek is a crisis management tool for first responders to hazmat and terrorist events. It contains vital information from a number of sources, including NIOSH, NFPA, AIHA, MSDS, and DOT, for more than 10,000 chemicals and synonyms searchable by chemical name, UN number, or CAS number. Designed to be easy to learn and use, the PEAC-WMD runs on a handheld computer. It is ideal for chemical spills, terrorist activity (such as car bombs, dirty bombs, and biological weapons), methamphetamine labs, more than 33 biological agents, 126 radioactive isotopes, combustibles, and pesticides.

For more information, circle no. 101 on Reader Response Card

Facial composite sketch tool
Smith & Wesson Advanced Technologies announces Identi-Kit.NET, its new Web-based facial composite sketch tool for investigating and solving crimes. Identi-Kit.NET can create wanted posters, search for composite matches, and transmit these images instantaneously by e-mail. Identi-Kit.NET also includes Web-based databases for quick and easy information exchange between law enforcement agencies and other entities, Web-based courseware for training and certification, and online software updates with supplementary software packages.

For more information, circle no. 102 on Reader Response Card

Gas monitor
The iTX multi-gas monitor from Industrial Scientific Corporation is designed to grow with you as your gas monitoring needs change. The iTX can go from being a single-gas unit to a six-gas monitor or anything in between. Featuring "smart" sensor technology, the iTX provides simplified, single-button operation and calibration functions. The Quick-Cal feature quickly calibrates up to four sensors at once, saving time and calibration gas costs. The iTX features a backlit dot matrix LCD that simultaneously displays all gases monitored, bright visual alarms, and a powerful 90-decibel audible alarm, all encased in a compact, rugged stainless steel housing to provide maximum durability and RFI protection. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

For more information, circle no. 103 on Reader Response Card

Skid plate for cruisers
Pro-Gard Police Products, a division of Pro-Gard Industries, has updated its U103 skid plate (pictured below) to provide even better coverage for police Crown Vic patrol cars. The new U104F is designed to protect the lower radiator, front axle assembly, and oil and transmission pans on the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria. It allows for oil changes with the skid plate on the vehicle and requires no additional holes in the vehicle for installation. The U104F skid plate is manufactured from 11-gauge hot rolled steel. Its steel brackets and plate are coated with a black epoxy coating that is manufactured to withstand a 1,000-hour salt spray.

For more information, circle no. 104 on Reader Response Card

Tactical blankets
Instant Armor offers two versions of its tactical blanket systems. The First Responder is an eight-panel, level 3A, folding, rigid shield large enough to cover the side of a cruiser or an entire tactical team yet light enough to be deployed by a single officer. The TACIII+ is the rifle version (level 3). Each TACIII+ panel (20 by 48 inches) is designed to defeat more than 30 .308-caliber rounds yet weighs only 24 pounds. Individual TACIII+ panels attach together in minutes to provide a ballistic barrier of any length. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 70, no. 9, September 2003. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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