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Advances & Applications

Segway Human Transporter
Chicago Adds to Its Fleet of Segway Human Transporters
Segway Inc., developer of Segway Smart Motion technology and manufacturer of the Segway Human Transporter (HT), announces that Chicago has released a five-year, $580,000 contract to purchase Segway HTs and associated accessories, replacement parts, and service. The contract was awarded to Segway Experience of Chicago LLC.

The Chicago contract will allow the city to acquire up to 100 additional Segway HTs for use by a number of city departments, including police, fire, airport operations, and emergency management. The city already owns more than 50 units that are used by officers to patrol O'Hare and Midway airports and the downtown and lakefront areas of the city. The Chicago Fire Department also uses Segway HTs to provide EMS response during events.

In late 2005 Segway introduced its i180 Police package, which includes a collection of accessories designed to appeal to patrol officers, including front and side cargo systems. Segway HTs are designed to be used indoors and out and to have a range of up to 24 miles on a single charge. They have a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour.

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U.S. Department of Justice Chooses's Legal Graphics Software
(, a publisher of legal graphics software, announces that the U.S. Department of Justice has signed a licensing agreement for 25,000 seats of its SmartDraw Legal Solution.

The software features more than 50,000 ready-to-use graphics, including 3000 medical illustrations, legal symbols, and more than 800 templates designed to help legal and law enforcement professionals create effective visuals such as charts, diagrams, and timelines for courtroom exhibits, accident reconstruction, crime scenes, mediation, and more.

SmartDraw legal Solution is engineered to allow users to drag ready-made graphics from the built-in libraries and drop them onto a template. Features such as automatic alignment and formatting are designed to allow first-time users who have no drawing expertise to create effective legal diagrams in minutes. SmartDraw is designed to be compatible with PowerPoint, Word, Word-Perfect, and leading litigation support software products, and it is designed to allow users print poster-size charts for courtroom presentations with a click of a button.

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Cincinnati Police Purchase Smith & Wesson Pistols
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., announces that it has secured an order from the Cincinnati Police Department for 1,100 of the company's new M&P9 pistols. The M&P9 is the latest addition to the company's Military & Police (M&P) Series of advanced design polymer pistols, a product line specially engineered to meet the needs of global military and police personnel.

Officials at the Cincinnati Police Department indicated that the M&P pistol incorporates key features that are valuable to their officers. The department added that the M&P9 benefited from enhanced ergonomics and that the pistol's magazine safety disconnect was a primary factor in its decision. The M&P9 will replace the department's existing Smith & Wesson firearms. Sergeant Randy Rengering, head firearms instructor for the Cincinnati Police Department, said, "The M&P9 is an excellent addition to our police department. From our administrative staff to the patrol officers, the response has been extremely positive. Throughout our rigorous testing and evaluation process, the pistol performed flawlessly.

"We are confident that the M&P9 will serve as a true asset for our officers. [The] first group of trained officers and SWAT team members will [soon] begin carrying the M&P9 as their primary duty weapon. During our transition training the officers' scores have increased, accuracy has improved, and time from holster to first-shot-delivery has decreased. We are extremely pleased with these results."

The M&P9 is available in a full-size model, with a compact model scheduled to follow. The full-size polymer pistol is chambered for 9mm ammunition and features a capacity of 17 rounds in the magazine plus one round in the chamber. In addition to the 9mm, the M&P Series is currently available in .40S&W. The next addition to the series, the M&P357, is scheduled for launch later in 2006.

Features of the M&P series include a Zytel polymer frame reinforced with a ridged stainless steel chassis and a hardened black melonite stainless steel barrel and slide for durability; a passive trigger safety to prevent the pistol from firing if dropped; and a sear lever release that eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm. A loaded chamber indicator is located on top of the slide, and an internal lock system is optional for military and law enforcement users. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 6, June 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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