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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 http://www.theiacp.org/pubinfo/pc/ and insert the product number on the Reader Response Form (ideal when requesting information from more than one company). Items about new or improved products are based on news releases supplied by manufacturers and distributors; IACP endorsement is in no way implied.






Secure digital photography
Lexar Media Inc. announces that its digital photography system, LockTight, will be available to forensic photographers and other law enforcement officers outside the United States. LockTight is designed to allow users to lock digital photographs to prevent tampering and preserve the integrity of photographic evidence. The system, available in secure digital (SD) format, is being localized in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. The system is engineered to keep computers and cameras from reading a LockTight memory card or writing data to it until a critical authorized authentication process takes place between the LockTight card and the host computer or host camera.

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Interoperability component
Raytheon Company's JPS Communications announces the NXU-2A, a device that is designed to connect communication equipment to a digital network. The NXU-2A uses Radio over Internet Protocol (RoIP) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to send and receive digital voice messages. The NXU-2As features are designed for trunking applications and handset users. The NXU-2A Network eXtension Unit is a general purpose, stand-alone device that connects communication equipment to a digital network (local area network, wide area network, or Internet) using RoIP technology. It is intended for use with radios, radio communication consoles, and JPS products such as the ACU-1000 Interconnect Unit and the SNV-12 Signal and Noise Voter.

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Bio Threat Detector
Biological threat detector
20/20 Gene Systems introduces Bio-Check, a kit designed to help first responders detect the presence of a biological threat such as anthrax or ricin at an incident scene. The kit consists of a small box, a tray, two wetted swabs, and two test tubes containing solution. One test tube is labeled Protein, and the other is labeled pH. The user collects a sample of suspect material on each swab and then immerses one in the protein test tube and the other in the pH tube. If the solution in the protein tube remains colorless after five minutes, the material is probably not a biological threat. If it turns purple, a protein is present, which could indicate a biological threat. Solution in the pH tube turns red, stays neutral, or turns blue depending upon whether the substance is an acid, a neutral, or a base. The pH test helps first responders more accurately determine the chemical properties of the substance being tested.

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Pepper Spray
Pepper spray
YourSafetyStore.com announces the availability of Pepper Enforcement pepper spray. Pepper Enforcements proprietary formula is designed to contain 8 percent oleoresin capsicum at 2 million Scoville heat units. Each product contains a UV marker dye and is designed to be nonflammable and safe for use with Tasers. Pepper Enforcement is available in four sizes, with either a flip-top or a cop-top, and with a choice of three actuating systems: splatter stream, fogger, and foam.

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Semen testing kit
Independent Forensics, a DNA forensic laboratory, announces the release of the Rapid Stain Identification Semen Kit (RSIDSemen), a fluid-specific test for the presence of semen. The kit is designed to react only to semen and none of the other human body fluids that can cause false positives.

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Car phone mount
Ram Mounts announces the Ram Universal Mag Plate II car phone mount. Installation is designed to be simple. Just peel off the protective vinyl patch on the flex base and attach it to a vehicle dashboard or anywhere you want your electronic device secured. Then attach the thin metal plate to the inside of your electronic device battery cover.

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Field Desk
Field desk
Hardigg Cases introduces the mobile office double duty field desk, which is designed to provide a six storage drawers and workspace for two people. The drawers include two that are specifically designed for Pendaflex folders and two that have padlocks for security. The desk is designed to fold into one durable shipping container with two heavy-duty wheels. Also included are two field chairs and power plugs. The desk is available in tan, olive drab, or gray.

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Traffic baton
Grace Industries introduces the Glow Baton Model 50 Traffic Control Pro, a lighted baton designed to allow first responders to direct people and traffic around and out of emergency situations. The baton weighs seven ounces, is 12 inches long, and features a slip-resistant handgrip and push-button operation. The light is designed to be visible from all directions, and the water-resistant tube with bright red LED is designed to be virtually unbreakable. One nine-volt alkaline battery provides hours of continuous glow.

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Expansion pack for emergency software
Defense Group Inc. announces the release of its HEICS Expansion Pack for CoBRA 4.0, designed to minimize the con-fusion and chaos that swirls around disaster response. The expansion pack is designed to distill HEICS (Hospital Emergency Incident Command System) into tools and resources that can be accessed from the company's CoBRA 4.0 software. The expansion pack includes profiles, forms, checklists, and reference docu ments designed to turn HEICS from a static document into an interactive
tool for managing the response to manmade and natural disasters.

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License plate recognition system
PIPS Technology announces Spike the Enforcer, an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system. Designed primarily for traffic enforcement applications, Spike has local storage capacity for thousands of vehicle records, including color overviews. Images are encrypted using industry standard 256-bit encryption and transmitted to the back office using wireless technology. Internal Web server software is designed to display live images, ANPR data, and captured JPEG images of target vehicles. The system consists of two CCTV cameras, a computer, a mobile phone, a digital video recorder, and power cables. Patented filter and flash techniques are engineered to sup-press headlight glare and bright sunlight, while triple flash techniques are designed to help reduce problems of plate-to-plate visibility.

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Hand-worn metal detector
Paradigm Tactical Products introduces FriskerPRO, a hand-worn metal detector designed to allow law enforcement and security officers to search a suspect for metal objects while simultaneously using
the fingertips to search for dangerous nonmetal objects like plastic knives. The FriskerPRO is designed to detect a copper disk a half-inch in diameter at a distance of one inch, a small wire object at a distance of a half-inch, a knife or a pistol at less than three inches. It is also engineered to detect a safety pin or staple concealed in a prisoners mouth or a shank tucked into a suspects sock.

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Medical pouch
Spec.-Ops. Brand announces the tactical nylon medical pouch. The pouch is designed to be large enough to carry all of the components of the company’s first-aid kit. It is available in two sizes and several colors: black, olive, tan, and coyote brown. It is also available in camouflage.

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Notebook computer
Rugged Notebooks Inc. announces that its ruggedized notebook computer, the Black Hawk, now has a spill-resistant keyboard designed to keep liquids away from the internal components. Weighing 6.6 pounds, the notebook features a 15.1-inch antireflective TFT display with an optional sunlight-readable LCD display and is powered by Intel Pentium M processors. Available accessories include car mount options for emergency vehicle applications. Black Hawk connectivity includes a built-in wireless LAN, a 10/100 Base-T port, Internal Mini PCI, and a 56K V.90 fax modem.

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Training simulator
PRISim announces the PortableTrainerPRO, a judgment and force option training system designed to create a safe, effective, and realistic learning environment for law enforcement professionals. Its integrated components are designed to allow trainers to set up the PRISim PortableTrainerPRO in as little as 15 minutes. The system has access to PRISims library of scenarios involving firearms, chemical agents, flashlights, and other devices and materials.

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Police cordon
J. L. Geisler Corp. announces the Quick-Deploy Police Cordonator, a white cordon with blue police graphics designed to slow traffic at work zones and mark off areas at crime scenes. They are designed to make crime scenes look more professional and authoritative, and to eliminate the need for caution tape around trees and police vehicle
antennas. Cordonators fold flat and weigh less than 14 pounds. They are made from HDPE plastic and exceed federal crash test standards. Rubber rings are available as ballast in high traffic or wind areas. They can also be filled with sand or water for more permanent applications. Special holes are designed to accommodate tape, signs, lanterns, and accessories. Cordonators are available with reflective or nonreflective sheeting and standard or custom graphics.

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Bullet Catcher
Bullet catcher
EVI-PAQ, a brand of Armor Forensics, introduces an updated bullet catcher. The company's latest version includes a removable grate and welded nonremovable feet designed to ensure stability. The bullet catcher is deigned to be safe for use with most handguns and rifles. It does not require water tanks. It features a chamber filled with nonflammable Kevlar fibers. By design, the useful life of the fibers is approximately 10,000 shots.

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Long Gun
Long gun
Paradigm introduces a .308-caliber weapon with four interchangeable barrel lengths (16, 18, 20, and 24 inches) and a folding stock. Other features include an anti-cant device, a sound suppressor, and a two-point mount with small muzzle extension. It is engineered to have a range of 300 yards.

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Pistol light
Night-Ops, the illumination tool division of BlackHawk Products Group, in partnership with Insight Technology Inc., introduces the Xiphos (pronounced ZY-foes) pistol light. The Xiphos is a six-volt rail-mounted Luxeon LED pistol light designed to deliver 80 lumens of white light. The digitally managed circuit is designed to optimize light output for the life of the batteries. By design, the Xiphos can be activated and deployed with a single hand or two hands by an ambidextrous toggle or pressure switch. It is engineered to have a run time of more than 60 minutes at peak output.

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Light Tower
Light tower
The Will-Burt Company announces the addition of a light-duty tower to the Night Scan line of telescoping towers. Internally wired, the tower has lightweight aluminum sections that extend to hold basic light packages. Extension heights are up to 16 feet. The manual pan and tilt are designed to allow the operator to direct each light independently. Light packages include either the Optimum quartz halogen or the Magnafire 3000 halogen light systems.

Optional equipment includes a mechanical rotatable light system, external or internal mounting hardware kit, and a compressor package specially designed for the unit.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 4, April 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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