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Support C.O.P.S. Blue Ribbon Campaign E-mail

C.O.P.S.

"Fly the Blue"

During National Police Week, the calendar week that includes May 15, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) promotes blue ribbons tied on car antennas as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty. It is also to honor those officers who serve and protect our communities every day, year in and year out, putting their lives on the line for us, the citizens of those communities.

In 1995, C.O.P.S. initiated an annual public awareness campaign to educate Americans on the significance of Police Week and Peace Officers' Memorial Day. As part of this public awareness campaign, hundreds of thousands of blue ribbons imprinted with the C.O.P.S. logo are mailed each year. Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to cruiser antennas. Citizens are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to their car antennas during National Police Week to show support for their local law enforcement officers and the sacrifices made by law enforcement families nationwide.

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Karbon Arms: The Definition of Strength E-mail

Karbon Arms

Karbon Arms is a leading provider of electronic immobilization products. Almost 100,000 individuals have been trained to use Karbon products. The Multi-Purpose Immobilization Device (MPID) is Karbon's flagship product. Innovative, officer-friendly features such as a cartridge eject buttons, 22-foot range cartridge, 345 nm laser, off-the-shelf batteries, and a rugged unibody frame construction accent the exterior of the MPID.

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First "push to talk" communications over broadband network E-mail

Harris RF

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) recently announced that working with Nokia Siemens Networks, it conducted the wireless industry's first demonstration of push-to-talk (PTT) communication over a Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband network and a P25 network via Harris VIDA® technology. Using the existing Harris VIDA P25 network owned by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Harris and Nokia Siemens Networks integrated a LTE network with Harris' PTT voice over a P25 system, creating the first fully integrated network to successfully provide PTT voice communications over LTE and P25 networks.

"This demonstration proves that with Harris' LTE solution, powered by VIDA, users can have PTT voice fully integrated with a P25 network, including streaming video and data applications. Broadband, narrowband, public or private, our solution is the only offering that enables it all," said Steve Marschilok, president, Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications. "We've proven that push-to-talk over LTE is not only possible, but is a reality today. The combination of PTT voice, video and data on a single, integrated LTE network platform that is interoperable with P25 networks will bring unparalleled wireless functionality via a single comprehensive narrowband and broadband solution for the public safety market."

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OPTIM Fiberscope Sees It All E-mail

OPTIM

Optim's Security and Law Enforcement FreedomView LED Fiberscope delivers exceptional mobility, maximum flexibility, and superior resolution, enabling law enforcement officers to see inside gas tanks, contraband "hides," concealed areas and behind closed doors with greater ease and efficiency.

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SureFire, grip switches and officer safety: the facts behind the allegations E-mail

SureFire

Recently an article appeared in an email newsletter distributed by the Force Science News of the Force Science Institute, quoting its own Dr. Lewinski. The article and Dr. Lewinski make several troubling assertions that must be rebutted in the (long-term) interest of officer safety. The gist of the article and Lewinski is that grip-activated pistol-light switches are unsafe. I paraphrase (to clarify), quote, and respond to some of the more disturbing assertions below.

1) You cannot train officers to keep their finger off the trigger under stress. According to the article, "...despite training to the contrary, officers in high-stress situations tend to move the finger onto the trigger..."

Response: If true, this has nothing to do with grip-switches, but it would support a ban on the use of firearms in general. But obviously, it is not true; officers can be trained to keep their fingers off the trigger in high-stress situations. If the fact were otherwise there would be thousands of unintended discharges each day.

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BROWNELLS IS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR OF XRAIL'S SHOTGUN MAGAZINE EXTENSION E-mail

Brownells

Brownells is now the exclusive distributor of the XRAIL shotgun magazine extension.

Manufactured by Roth Concept Innovations (RCI) of Appleton, Wisconsin, the XRAIL System is an auto-indexing loader for shotguns. The full-size version carries up to 22 shotshells without altering the gun.

"There are various high-capacity solutions for the shotgun, but RCI's XRAIL System has the versatility to be used on more than one shotgun," said company President Pete Brownell.

The XRAIL frame is made of hard-coated black-anodized aluminum and stainless steel. It attaches to the magazine tube on the front of Mossberg, Winchester, FNH, Benelli, Remington, and other shotguns. Shells are loaded into the XRAIL's storage tubes, which are made of black nylon or clear polycarbonate.

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Sprint unveils new Gold Standard in Push-to-Talk E-mail

Sprint

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 16, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced plans to expand its gold-standard push-to-talk leadership, unveiling fourth-quarter launch plans for next-generation push-to-talk capabilities powered by Sprint's broadband CDMA network. As part of the launch, Sprint will offer an initial set of handsets packed with features designed for workgroups that rely on push-to-talk and establish a new push-to-talk brand - Sprint® Direct Connect®.

Sprint Direct Connect service is being built to deliver higher bandwidth capacity to keep up with customers' demand for data. Sprint also is working to deliver enhanced applications on Sprint Direct Connect, best-ever in-building coverage and is planning to provide triple the square-mile reach of Sprint's current push-to-talk service.

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VirTra Introduces World’s Highest Resolution Simulated Shooting Range E-mail

VirTra

VirTra Systems announced that for the first time in history a virtual shooting range is able to accurately replicate the look of a live fire range. By using the latest in high-resolution projection systems, the VirTra Range LETM is able to replicate the visual experience of an actual indoor AND outdoor shooting range.

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It’s Never Too Late E-mail

C.O.P.S.

By: Brooke McKay, C.O.P.S. Marketing Coordinator

It took John Manning sixteen years to reach out for help after his brother, Corporal Donald Manning with the Fort Worth (TX) Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty on June 27, 1993. For years, John struggled with the devastating loss of his brother, while he cared and worried about his four siblings and parents, but never took care of himself or asked for help.

"After a while, I thought I had dealt with my brother's death. It was behind me... it was a long time ago. I started having some issues at home with my temperament and it was overflowing into my work," stated John.

In 2009, John reached the boiling point with internalized anger. He started functioning negatively because he never acknowledged the anger stirring inside him for sixteen years! When John hit his breaking point, his boss pulled him aside to say something had to change. John went home from work that day determined to put a plan in place to turn his life around.

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FNH USA Welcomes Erik Lund E-mail

FNH USA

FNH USA is pleased to welcome the noted 3-gun shooter Erik Lund to their competitive ranks. The holder of a USPSA Grand Master ranking, Lund has several state, regional and national 3-gun titles to his credit, and will be looking to add more gold to his trophy case as a member of the FNH USA competition group.

Known for his hard-charging shooting style, Lund has observed that in 3-gun competition "...if you don't fall off the edge once in a while, you'll never know where it's at."

"We are excited about this opportunity," noted Tommy Thacker of the FNH USA competition group. "Erik brings a ton of experience and provides another solid addition to FNH USA."

"I've shot with Erik over the past two years and we couldn't have found a better representative for sportsmanship and integrity," said Ken Pfau, Vice President of Law Enforcement and Commercial Sales at FNH USA. "We're honored to have him join the team."

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Kel-Tec’s PF-9: Lighter, Smaller, Flatter E-mail

Kel-Tec

Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Inc., has a well-deserved reputation for innovative and affordable firearms, from pistols to rifles (with a new shotgun that will amaze everyone, but that's a story for later).

Their latest entry (it was introduced to the market in late 2006) into the concealable personal protection line is the PR-9, a 9mm sub-compact pistol that weighs in at just 18.2 ounces, with a full 7-round magazine and one in the chamber.

It's a small handful, just 5.85 inches long, 4.3" high, and at .88 inches wide, this is a pistol that will tuck into waistband or ankle holster with barely a bulge.

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Harris Corporation Awarded $15 Million Contract to Modernize Dane County, Wisconsin Public Safety Communication System E-mail

Harris RF

MELBOURNE, FL/BOSTON, MA March 7, 2011 -


Highlights:

· Harris P25IP solution to provide first responders from dozens of communities and agencies with a flexible and reliable communications network

· Solution provides highly reliable coverage benefitting first responders serving more than 490,000 residents

· Customized system designed specifically to meet needs of the City of Madison

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has signed a $15 million contract with Dane County, Wisconsin to upgrade the county's public safety communication system with a Harris P25IP (Project 25 to the power of Internet Protocol) solution. The standards-based, digital system will improve interoperable communications, increase system capacity and enhance network reliability for the public safety users throughout Dane County, which is home to more than 490,000 residents and the City of Madison, the state capital.

"Our legacy public safety communication system was not designed to the new federal standards, as well as the modern operation needs of the County, and we determined that the Harris P25IP solution meets the communications requirements of our public safety personnel," said Scott McDonell, County Board Chairperson, Dane County, Wisconsin. "The Harris solution allows us to gracefully migrate our existing systems to a P25IP radio system while maintaining a high level of emergency response capabilities."

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TruSpec Combat Shirt Review E-mail

TRU-SPEC

Defend your base with the TruSpec Combat Shirt

TruSpec's Cordura Baselayer fabric, a 60/40 blend of cotton and nylon, is the building block of their Combat Shirt. Part of their Tactical Response Unit line of clothing, the "No Melt, No Drip Cordura Baselayer fabric" (to give its full name), is a functional as it is comfortable. It feels like cotton, wears like nylon, and wicks away sweat to keep you dry and warm.

A recent wear and usage test of TruSpec's Combat Shirt, in which the tester exercised, ran half a mile and then stopped all motion and sat down as though deploying to a surveillance site, showed this shirt to be hard-working and reliable. The weather conditions were cool and damp, a perfect test for a baselayer designed for the varying conditions an operator might experience in a working day. The tester reported staying warm, comfortable. Sweat was wicked away and the tester stayed comfortable. The shirt felt dry even as it did its job of wicking away the sweat.
If things go downhill and the operator is exposed to fire, the fabric, while not labeled or sold as fire-retardant, will not melt or drip, offering a level of protection not available in the usual polypropylene undergarmanets.

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DHS tests Harris Corporation’s Unity XG-100 multi-band radio E-mail

Harris

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorateannounced the kick-off of a 30-day multi-band radio pilot for emergency responders, to begin Friday during opening day of NASCAR events at the Phoenix International Raceway. Fifteen participating law enforcement and emergency management partners across the state will incorporate technology into their daily operations and provide feedback on its utility.

The multi-band radio enables police officers, firefighters, and other emergency response and management personnel to use a single mobile radio to communicate with multiple agencies and jurisdictions operating on different radio bands. The multi-band radio can replace up to five different radios and operate on a single radio band, at a cost comparable to just one of the existing high-end portable radios-providing responders with the cutting-edge communication capabilities necessary to successfully respond to emergencies.

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STREAMLIGHT® ANNOUNCES NEW ALL LED TWIN-TASK® LED MODELS E-mail

Streamlight

Enhanced Twin Task Line Provides C4® LED Technology, Multiple Lighting Modes

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 17, 2011 - Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights, today introduced all-LED versions of its popular Twin-Task® line of work lights. Each of the new models features all-LED light sources that provide multiple lighting modes, including a smooth, penetrating beam for distance as well as up to two additional settings for wide area lighting tasks and long run times.

"Our Twin-Task flashlights are some of our most versatile lights, used by law enforcement, automotive, construction and maintenance and repair professionals, as well as do-it-yourselfers and outdoor enthusiasts," said Ray Sharrah, Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer. "These latest versions of our Twin-Task line feature a choice of power sources that incorporate the latest in LED technology to enhance both their brightness and utility for users."

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National Police Week 2011: A Time to Rebuild Shattered Lives E-mail

C.O.P.S.

by Brooke McKay, C.O.P.S. Marketing Coordinator

Since President John Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 in 1962, May 15 has been National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the calendar week containing May 15 has been designated National Police Week.

National events are held in Washington, DC, for National Police Week to pay special tribute to the fallen heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty and provide support for the surviving family members and affected co-workers. Law enforcement survivors will travel from across the country to honor their loved one at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and to find strong peer support at the National Police Survivors' Conference where they can be with others who truly understand.

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New Heavy Duty Partition from Go Rhino! Products Public Safety Division E-mail

Go Rhino

Go Rhino! unveils their new heavy duty Partition. Now available is a sliding window partition as well as a 50/50 partition with a flat panel option or a recessed panel option. They are easy to install with no drilling necessary. The partitions have adjustable mounting to conform to officers of all sizes without purchasing multiple brackets.

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Virtra Systems Immersive Reality Training is “As Real As It Gets” E-mail

VirTra

Five-screen and surround sound of System 300 delivers training developed from real situations.

I was by myself, walking along the top deck of the parking garage when a guy appeared from behind a car with a tire iron in his hand. After being told to drop the tire iron and produce some ID, he raised his arm and began to argue.

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STREAMLIGHT ANNOUNCES NEW RECHARGEABLE FLASHLIGHT DESIGNED FOR ULTIMATE SAFETY IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS E-mail

Flashlight is Given Intrinsically Safe Class 1, Division 1 Designation

EAGLEVILLE, PA, February 1, 2011 - Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance flashlights for professionals, announced a new product, the PolyStinger® LED HAZ-LO®. The ultra-bright rechargeable flashlight is the first intrinsically safe, Class 1, Division 1 light in the popular Stinger® series, and is designed for use by professionals who face potentially hazardous conditions on the job.

Using patented C4® LED technology, the new light provides extreme brightness while delivering a tight beam with optimum peripheral illumination. The combination of the power LED and Streamlight's expert engineering delivers 130 lumens measured system output and 15,000 candela peak beam intensity for 4 hours on the high setting, and 50 lumens and 5,700 candela for 12 hours on the low setting. The PolyStinger LED HAZ-LO also has a moonlight mode, allowing for 20 days of continuous runtime at 120 candela and 1.3 lumens.

Due to its construction and performance, the PolyStinger LED HAZ-LO has been approved by USTC as an intrinsically safe Class 1, Division 1 flashlight for use in hazardous locations, atmospheres and environments, including petro-chemical, utility and other heavy industrial applications.

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Still Time to Register for the Remaining 2011 “Traumas of Law Enforcement” Trainings E-mail

C.O.P.S.

Since 1996, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) has provided this highly-acclaimed training to help agencies deal with officer death, injury, disability, police suicide, and the after effects of losing a co-worker. Although law enforcement loses between 140-160 officers each year, some agencies have no protocol for how to make an appropriate death notification, how to deal with the surviving family, or how to carry out the sensitive, compassionate support that surviving families need to deal with the loss of a loved one to sudden, often violent death.

While the January "Traumas of Law Enforcement" trainings have been held, there are still 5 trainings to be held in February and March. The "Traumas of Law Enforcement" training is a free, three-day, 21-hour training that allows officers an opportunity to develop general orders addressing traumatic issues affecting officers and sensitize them to emotional support needs of the fallen officers' families.

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Gloves for Professionals’ SSD 900 delivers comfort, warmth and tactical functionality E-mail

Gloves for Professionals

Gloves for Professionals (GFP) is excited to introduce its 900 Soft Shell Duty Glove. The glove provides the durability and usability for all tactical work while delivering a sleek look. With a specialized griptrax palm and pre-articulated fingers, the SSD 900 glove allows for maximum dexterity and a natural fit. These features make the SSD 900 ideal for the law enforcement professional who needs to handle a weapon.

In addition to this functional comfort, the "SSD 900" provides a wind and water resistant liner with a 40 gram Thinsulate lining enhancing warmth and durability. The Scotchlite overlay on the back of the hand provides added safety and style.

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