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 implementedby law enforcement colleagues around the world.
Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division Receives Brunswick BoatBrunswick Commercial and Government Products recently delivered a 39-foot rigid hull inflatable boat to Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division.The boat, called the 1200 Impact, features an aluminum cabin with climate control and enough room for four crew members. The heavy-duty fiberglass hull is surrounded by an air-filled collar, which reduces the risk of damage to the boat as well as to pr operty during routine boat checks and docking.
The boat will be stationed in South Florida, where it will be used for patrolling offshore and intracoastal areas, for fisheries management, and for general law enforcement activities.
“We worked closely with Brunswick sales on the plans and production of this vessel,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife Colonel Jim Brown. “It was specifically designed to meet our needs in our core mission areas of resource protection, public safety, boating, and waterways. The boat’s features make it a valuable asset for search and rescue missions and enforcing federal fisheries regulations.”
Standard features include an automatic electric bilge pump, below deck storage, a bow handle, a bow locker, commercialgrade tubes, elephant trunk deck drains, external lifelines, a haze gray gel coat, a heavy duty fiberglass hull, heavy duty inflation valves and pressure relief valves, a hull drain plug, internal lifelines, lifting handles, a manual collar pump, safety relief valves, stern lifting and towing points, tube reinforcements, a tube repair kit, and an under deck fuel tank.
For more information, visit http://www.brunswickcgp.com.
San Bernardino County, California, Sheriff’s Office Incorporates Taser X2 into Operations
Based on more than 1,500 customer surveys, Taser created the Taser X2 ECD. The device is designed by law enforcement, for law enforcement, and incorporates agencies’ most requested capability. The X2 is a new piece of law enforcement equipment that is feature rich, simple to use, and similar in size to the Taser X26.
“At the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, we have a deep commitment to enhancing the safety of our community and the general public,” said San Bernardino County Assistant Sheriff Robert Fonzi. “These new technologies are part of our strategic plan to increase transparency and improve public safety by reducing the risks faced by our dedicated officers and reducing the risks to members of the public. We decided to upgrade our entire fleet of electronic control devices primarily to take advantage of new safety advances in the Taser X2 ECD.”
Recently, New Jersey Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced a new policy on the use of stun guns by law enforcement officers in her state. “Law enforcement officers have a very tough job, and we want to give them every tool that can assist them in their work of protecting lives,” she said. “In consultation with the law enforcement community, we have developed a fair and balanced policy on stun guns that will provide officers with a practical alternative to using deadly force in appropriate situations.”
It is important to note that the only authorized stun gun for use by law enforcement professionals in New Jersey is the Taser ECD.
For more information, visit http://www.taser.com/products/law-enforcement/taser-x2.
Prince William County, Virginia, Police Department Uses MorphoIDent for Verification
Through a joint program with the Northern Virginia Regional Identification System (NOVARIS), the Prince William County, Virginia, Police Department tested the new MorphoTrak MorphoIDent mobile identification terminal.
“We’ve had good success with the MorphoIDent handheld terminal in the field,” said Prince William County First Sergeant Ross Randlett. “MorphoIDent has provided the officer on the street with an effective tool that helps identify people, not only in consensual situations but also when individuals are taken into custody.”
When an officer makes an arrest for probable cause and a warrant is subsequently issued, MorphoIDent allows identity verification of the person taken into custody and confidence that the information contained in the warrant is accurate.
Using an FBI-certified optical sensor, the MorphoIDent captures two fingerprint images for each subject. It then sends high-resolution bitmap images of the fingerprints to the Mobile Data Computer (MDC) laptop via a secure Bluetooth 2.0 connection. The MorphoMobile application running on the MDC in the patrol car or on a smartphone receives the fingerprint images, creates a National Institute of Standards and Technology packet, and sends it to NOVARIS for search. In the case of a hit, MorphoMobile provides a summary search response from NOVARIS to the MDC.
The hit then returns to the MorphoIDent, which vibrates to indicate to the officer that the subject is in the database. Hits on the device are displayed on a large two-inch LCD screen viewable even in direct sunlight. Responses typically include the individual’s photo, name, and demographic information. If the initial search results in no hits, the search continues to the adjacent Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) sites in Washington, D.C., and finally to the AFIS site in Montgomery County/ Prince George’s County, Maryland. The prints are searched against three site databases of individuals with arrest records in the National Capitol Metropolitan Region. ■
For information, visit http://www.morphotrak.com/MorphoTrak/MorphoTrak/CJ/mt_mobile_IDent.html.