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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.
Texas Agency Implements Mobile Video Recording System The Humble, Texas, Police Department announces that it has purchased and implemented a new state-of-the-art digital mobile video recording system for all patrol units. The police department signed a contract with IBM Global Services for a digital in-car video capture and management solution that has recently been rolled out in 24 of the department’s cruisers.
The solution uses a video mobile data terminal (VMDT) from Coban Technologies. The Coban VMDT system is designed to provide high-quality video and audio recordings, instant playback, pre-event recording, digital storage, a wireless microphone, live remote viewing, and other features. The system is engineered to require no trunk mounting, to be wireless-ready for multicasting, to secure the chain of custody, and to record date, time, officer information, GPS data, radar information, and so on.
This new digital video system is designed to allow Humble police officers to capture, store, manage, and retrieve digital video and data that is recorded and stored directly onto a hard drive that can hold 60 hours of video in the patrol vehicle and then uploaded into the system’s computerized video storage system. This video storage system stores enough digital video for every patrol officer for more than 120 days.
Humble patrol supervisors now spend fewer hours searching through individual videotapes to find what they need. They can find recordings from their desktop computers. And the Humble Police Department now sends digital video recordings directly to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office by computer for use in county or state court proceedings.
According to Chuck Rosenthal Jr., the district attorney of Harris County, the video system makes the Humble Police Department one of the first in Texas with such capabilities. This technology, combined with the existing software system (z-client) currently used by Harris County, allows Humble police to communicate directly with 53 area law enforcement agencies.
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Border Protections Agency to Equip Agents in Vests Made with Kevlar DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems announces U.S. Customs and Border Protections Border Patrol has signed a multiyear agreement to outfit most of its 11,000 agents with protective vests containing DuPont Kevlar Comfort XLT technology. Vest manufacturer U.S. Armor delivered the first shipment of vests to the Customs and BordeProtections (CBP) Border Patrol earlier this year.
Patrolling the 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international land borders and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida Peninsula has become an even greater priority in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As the mobile uniformed law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CBP Border Patrol has responded by seeking and deploying specialized technologies such as advances in personal body armor.
“As the single, unified border agency of the United States, Customs and Border Protections’ mission is vitally important to the protection of the American people and our front-line enforcement personnel,” said Assistant Chief Woody Lee, manager of the CBP Border Patrol National Body Armor Program. “It is essential for us to partner with companies who display longstanding commitments to reliability and quality.”
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From The Police Chief, vol. 72, no. 5, May 2005. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.