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The Levels and Types of Armor Available for Officers

by Chris Taylor, SafeGuard Armor

Officers are required to fulfill a wide range of roles and responsibilities working in law. These responsibilities can vary greatly from situation to situation and from location to location. For example, officers working in rural locations will face greatly different challenges and threats compared to an officer working in an urban location, or even working in a different rural location. Nevertheless, any threat facing a law enforcement officer can potentially be a serious one, and keeping our officers protected is of the utmost importance. Violence and injury may never be removed from an officer’s line of work, but protection is available, and body armor is a useful method of doing so.

However, there are a wide range of body armors available, all with their advantages and disadvantages. For example, body armor is available in different styles depending on the situation, and in various protection levels depending on the threats they can protect against. Understanding the options available is important for Officers to choose the protective option most suitable for their work.

Officers will already be well aware of the importance of body armor, as the last year saw nearly 60,000 assaults on Officers according to Government statistics. It is imperative that those brave men and women charged with protecting and serving our communities are protected against attacks, and yet it is not only violence that can cause serious injury and even death to Officers. In 2013 49 law enforcement officers were killed accidentally, with the majority of these deaths occurring in automobile accidents. Most do not realize that bullet proof vests can provide some protection against impact trauma, meaning that even in a car crash body armor can save an Officer’s life.


Selecting the Right Rugged Mobile Computer for Public Safety Personnel

Tom Wang, VP, GammaTech

There are probably no jobs tougher or more challenging than those found in the public safety sector. Serving and protecting total strangers can be very demanding, to say the least.

Chasing fleeing subjects, driving at high speeds over surfaces not intended for vehicular traffic. Rushing into burning buildings to rescue men, women, children, and all manner of animals. Venturing out to a crime scene, fire, accident, or to take care of someone who has fallen ill. No matter what the situation, speed and accuracy are at the forefront of what they do.

The extreme rigors of the various jobs performed by these individuals demand rugged, dependable, and portable notebook computers and tablets for use on duty. Mobile solutions built tough to take it on the chin and not back down. Mobile solutions specifically engineered to ensure the performance public safety workers need and the reliability they can count on every time they answer a call.


A Tweet-a-thon for Crime Stoppers, Dec 5th

by Jeanean Thomas
On June 27, 2014 the third #PolTwt was held by LAws Communications and ConnectedCops.net. Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers, in spite of not being a police agency, registered to participate in the online event because they felt they had valuable information to contribute to the conversation. It was during the course of this event that @WaterlooCrime noticed the participation of two other Crime Stoppers organizations in the event; Crime Stoppers USA (@USACrimeStop) and the Canadian Association of Crime Stoppers (@CanStopCrime) were also joining the conversation. Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers asked the question, why not hold a global Crime Stoppers tweet-a-thon? Jeanean Thomas of Waterloo Regional Crime Stoppers contacted Lauri Stevens of LAws Communications and not long after #CStwt was born.


LAwS Communications announces police social media investigations presenters at #SMILEcon

SMILElogoSocial Media Investigations for police is a hot issue. The SMILE Conference has been addressing this topic with the foremost experts in the field since April of 2010 with the inaugural #SMILEcon. The 11th SMILE Conference is coming up once again with the Phoenix Police Department as host. The stellar speaker lineup is falling into place, the third day featuring all investigations presentations.

For more information or to register, go to the SMILE Conference website. The early bird rate of $499 is in effect until Feb 28th.

At the SMILE Conference we focus on three areas. They are:

  • Day 1: Strategy/Implementation
  • Day 2: Events Managements
  • Day 3: Investigations

Bootcamp: Hands on training in Social Media Investigations at 7:30 a.m!
palmercroppedWe offer an early morning hands-on bonus session with LAwS Academy Instructor Detective Sergeant Sam Palmer. Early risers will get an hour and 15 minutes of expert training in using free tools to conduct investigations on the Internet. Detective Sergeant Palmer teaches a two-day course for LAwS Communications’ LAwS Academy anywhere it’s requested.

The upcoming SMILE Conference in Phoenix will provide the best of the best social media investigations. Here’s the lineup:

Session One: Gangland Social Media – How Social Media Fuels Gang Violence & How Law Enforcement Can Be Pro-active.
Detective Officer Mike Cermignano, Philadelphia Police
CermignanoGangland turf wars – once openly waged on the streets in the communities we serve – have adapted to ever-changing technology, exploding onto an all-new battlefield: the social media universe. Yet while battles between rival gangs are now being fought on a virtual front, there are still very real-life consequences being felt on the street. Philadelphia Police Officer Mike Cermignano will discuss how social media fuels gang-violence, how Cops in the City of Brotherly Love are using social media as part of a pro-active approach to prevent violence on the front lines before it begins, and the emerging threat to law enforcement arising from social media.This session will not be

Session Two: Tracking the Taliband
Detective Daniel Gerard, Cincinnati Police
Gerard Capt SqThe “Taliband” criminal gang was initially identified as one of sixty-two active criminal groups/gangs within Cincinnati. This particular criminal group, based in the “Northside” community, invoked intensive law enforcement scrutiny when one of its members, was murdered by a rival gang. A six-month investigation was initiated and resulted in the identification of over 100 Taliband gang members, a 95-count indictment for criminal activity, 71 arrests of gang members and their associates, 15 gang members charged with “Participating in a Criminal Gang” (a second degree felony), and several gang members facing federal charges that carry life imprisonment terms. Over 50 undercover narcotics buys of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana were executed, and 22 firearms (including fully automatic assault weapons) were purchased or recovered. This investigation was the largest criminal gang investigation and prosecution in the history of the CPD and Hamilton County, Ohio. The Taliband investigation led to a 40% reduction in violent crime in the Northside neighborhood. This session will not be broadcast live.

Session Three: Unmask the Movement: Using social media to assess the risks of subversive organizations
Detective Chris Adamczyk, Mesa Police
AdamczykImagine standing at the 50 yard line of a massive stadium teaming with thousands of fans cheering their side to victory. Your task is to find the 10 people in the stadium who’ve planned the next stage of their violent insurrection, all online. How do you find them? Are they a threat? “Unmask the Movement” is an up close review designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the skill set needed to exploit social media and open sources to locate threats, and assess the risk they pose. The course will touch on common symbols and iconography, language clues, and a continuum of violence used to measure risk. The template discussed in this course has been applied to street gangs, syndicates, criminal activists, and terror organizations. It is the first step you need to expertly maneuver the dark side of social media. This session will not be broadcast live.

Session Four: Homicides in a Virtual Crime Scene: The Toronto Web-cam Case
Frank Skubic, Detective Sergeant, Toronto Police
FrankSkubicAn early morning video chat between a university exchange student in Toronto and her boyfriend in China was interrupted by a housemate with nefarious intentions: sexual assault and murder. After helplessly witnessing the streaming horror unfold upon his computer screen from half way around the world, her boyfriend turned to social media in a desperate attempt to summon help for her which, unfortunately, came too late. Toronto Police didn’t just have a virtually live-streamed murder on their hands. They also had a case that involved geographically and culturally diverse witnesses, and a modern day mainstream media intent on harvesting social media for clues, the reporting of which, at times, interfered and compromised the progress of the murder investigation. Detective Sergeant Frank Skubic was the lead investigator on the case. As a homicide investigator already well-versed in social media and murder, he and his team maneuvered their way through this sensational case that garnered international attention and have since arrested, prosecuted and convicted the perpetrator of First Degree Murder.

For full bios on all the speakers go to the SMILE Conference website.

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