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Advances & Applications

April 2012




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 implemented by law enforcement colleagues around the world.


Taser Introduces Axon Flex Video System to Multiple Agencies

Taser International Inc. recently introduced the Axon Flex on-officer camera, a video recording system that seamlessly captures video evidence from the officer’s perspective. The camera’s ability to capture evidence from the officer’s point of view helps protect officers from false claims, enhance public trust, improve civilian behavior, decrease litigation, and make communities safer at a lower cost than some other solutions.

With multiple mounting options, including a seamless integration with Oakley Inc.’s Flak Jacket eyewear, Axon Flex systems are Taser’s newest offering in the field of evidence-capturing technology, giving officers flexibility, simplicity, and wearability.

To complement the camera solution, Taser provides Evidence.com, an evidence management system. The Axon Flex system offers maximum flexibility and can be configured to plug-and-play with Evidence.com service or for local download at agencies that elect to build and maintain local digital evidence management systems. Taser will provide free access to this secure, cloud-based evidence storage solution for a full year to every agency purchasing the Axon Flex cameras.

Law enforcement officers from two agencies currently using Axon Flex are experiencing the system’s benefits.

“On-officer video systems like the Axon Flex give us an opportunity to showcase and support the jobs our officers are doing in the field,” said Fort Worth, Texas, Police Chief Jeff Halstead. “Having a complete video record of these incidents will provide a higher level of protection for both our officers and the public.”

Greenwood, Arkansas, Police Sergeant Brandon Davis spoke of the multiple mounting options of the Axon Flex. “The integration with Oakley makes it cool and comfortable. This is a system officers will want to wear,” he said.

Further, the extender controller module offers 12-hour battery life for a full-shift video buffer that can record the 30 seconds preceding an officer’s activating the unit, so incidents are fully captured.

For more information, visit http://www.taser.com/products/on-officer-video/flex.


Sterling Heights, Michigan, Police Department Solves Crimes with New World Systems Software

New software and technology from New World Systems are providing the Sterling Heights, Michigan, Police Department with easy access to critical information that is enhancing investigations.

Earlier this year, a masked man entered a Sterling Heights pharmacy, attempting to get narcotics. After a brief struggle with the pharmacist, the man fled, leaving behind a prescription bottle with a partial name. A witness provided a vehicle description. Sterling Heights Detectives looked up the owner’s name in state databases but found that the suspect’s address was excessively far away from the location of the crime. But when detectives ran a global name search using New World’s software, they not only found a match and a local address, but also discovered that information on the individual had been updated just 48 hours earlier.

Using the address and information from New World’s solution, police officers were able to find the house with the vehicle matching the description they received and make an arrest.

“We were very pleased with the accurate information we obtained from New World’s software,” said Detective Sergeant Tom McMullen. “The information that came out of New World’s software was only 48 hours old and helped lead us to the suspect’s current address so we could make an arrest.”

Last year, the Sterling Heights Police Department replaced its public safety system with New World’s Aegis software. After going live in May 2011, the department began noticing the benefits of the solution suite.

“This implementation was a huge undertaking, and it went very smoothly,” said Police Chief Mike Reese. “New World has a great implementation team that worked very well with our IT personnel and others within the police department. Even when an issue came up that wasn’t concerning their software, New World helped us figure it out.”

For more information, visit http://www.newworldsystems.com.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol Works with Verisk’s CargoNet

CargoNet, a source of information about cargo theft risk, recently announced a new strategic alliance with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to combat stolen goods in transit to Tennessee and surrounding states. State troopers will use the CargoNet system to disrupt cargo crime networks, increase recovery rates, and apprehend criminals associated with cargo thefts.

“This newly established relationship will further strengthen our increased criminal interdiction efforts throughout Tennessee,” said Tennessee Highway Patrol colonel Tracy Trott. “With the information sharing capabilities of CargoNet, state troopers can conduct timely investigations, link recovered goods to owners, and remove criminals from interstate roads.”

State troopers now have access to investigative support through the 24-hour CargoNet operations center and will receive theft alerts to patrol units. The CargoNet database also will allow highway patrol personnel to analyze shifting crime patterns; retrieve real-time theft trends; and access theft reports based on day, time, location, commodity, and many other factors.

Formed by Verisk Analytics and the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 2010, CargoNet focuses on the collection and the analysis of U.S. cargo theft incident information. The data collection effort has resulted in a database with a constantly growing number of detailed cargo theft reports.

Members of the Tennessee Highway patrol and other law enforcement agencies will participate in a three-day training program to further enhance their cargo theft interdiction skills. ■

For more information, visit www.cargonet.com.

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 4, April 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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