Big Police Show (IACP) Best and Worst

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Oct 21, 2013

The IAPC is the nation's biggest law enforcement trade show featuring all kinds of police equipment from cameras to drones to tanks from more than 750 companies. We attended this year's show in Philadelphia, a great place to see what's popular when it comes to police trends, technology and guns. In this post we review:

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Comments (18)

We exhibited at an IACP show back around 2009ish. Sounds like not much has changed. It's a fun show if you like guns and other forms of "physical" security, but it didn't seem like much of a technology show.

Curious if the company (forget the name) that was making a vehicle specifically for the police cruiser market was there this year? It's hard enough to build a car for the massess profitably, it seemed suicidal to try nd build a cruiser only for the police market.

The gun laying on the blue table is a Kriss Super V. I really wonder why they would show this weapon at the IACP, unless maybe mall cops are among the attendees.

It's like a $3500 solution to problems that don't exist in Law Enforcement. I can't think of one local agency that could afford to issue these as duty weapons, much less afford the ammo to practice with:

Fire rate on one of those is 25 rounds per second. To me, that seems pointless.

Agreed. Anything >20rps is just overkill.

The booth is for a wholesaler, just showing off that he can get cool stuff. It got me over there....

Derek, Please do a test of this immediately:

Brian K, if you had a solution to detect suicide bombers, I think the police would be excited!

I'm sure they would be excited. We could call it "Unicorn Leprechaun", which would be an appropriate name for that fairy tale.

I could test the A-WASP, or I could blast my Justin Beiber albums from out of my car and achieve the same level of effective crowd dispersion.

The current state of the art leader for firearm and situational simulation is Virtra. If they are there be sure to check out their booth. They have up to 360* screen coverage, surround sound, recoil firearms, less than lethal weapons and multiple scenarios. We just spent 200k on A 270* model. The demos for the firearm manufactures are only to try out the platform, not present shoot don't shoot situations.

As for the comment to not let police pick their cameras, the same can be said for IP integrators selection our weapons.

And BTW, Shaq is a Reserve Deputy.

Mark, Virtra was there. They had a demo room set up inside the Beretta booth with a long line outside of it so I'm assuming it must have been interesting. I didn't have time to go inside, but from the outside it sounded like their simulated firearms were just as loud as real ones as well. Startled me the first time I walked past.

As for the comment to not let police pick their cameras, the same can be said for IP integrators selection our weapons.

I suppose this is only fair. :)

"Whatever we can get the cheapest. It's some Chinese camera."

So the most common complaint police have when they're called to a crime at some retail or other establishment where there is video is the video isn't good enough to make out anything, but they don't care what kind of camera goes on their equipment.....

As for all the guns and lack of non-lethal devices, that's not a surprise. There's still a lot of testorone in law enforecement and the steady rise in militerization of law enforcement is growing in discussions.

"Whatever we can get the Cheapest" is a manufacture quote and not indefference on the part of Law Enforcement. When it comes to robotics, the key factors are mobility, range and design purpose. The difference in SD / HD is not that big of an issue since most work performed is going to be pretty close to the robot. I would imagine that if a better quality camera was an option it would be considered but not a primary factor in the product selection.

The information regarding the low quality video of interview rooms is quite true and for the most part, there really is very little need for video at all. If video is used it would be just for a very basic coverage for liability protection or to see if there were any non verbal communications. Identification quality is certainly overkill. What is most important is a good audio recording.

As for the less than lethal, how many different options do you want? There have been some pretty hair brained ideas over the years and only a few different methods are functional and reasonable safe for the operator and suspect.

And on a final note, not every city is Mayberry.

Mark, it's funny you mention video not being important in interview rooms. The last ones I did at my prior job used 5MP cameras because the chief wanted better resolution than that 720p cameras which were originally installed. He phrased it as wanting to see the bead of sweat on the interviewee's brow.

Yea, that makes for a good suspense drama. I guess if you don't have better things to do with you time then you need something for intertainment.

I'm surprised that VieVu either didn't have a booth or got lost in the crowd. My agency uses these body cameras (LE2). They integrate with our in car video systems (Data911). Officers can upload the cameras in the patrol cars; the videos upload with the in car footage when they drive in the back lot.

We've had the VieVu cameras for over 2 years now. They've been great not only for stopping citizen complaints in their tracks, but also as evidence in a variety of investigations.

Sherman

That is strange that Vievu was not present. Their product is well made and they have the jump on Taser but Taser has the finances and market name to perhaps cause them some issues.

There is an enormous need for new camera technology in law enforcement, and the IACP conference outlines one of the biggest problems we face today. Those in positions to make purchases and plan for the future, are at conferences like this looking at giant crowd dispersing traffic cones. The National Association of Techinical Investigators conference and trade show is a better reflection of advances in law enforemcent technology. Our problem however is our lack of exposure to other industries that could offer police agenices the ability to leverage advances to assist police officers and help protect the public. This site has been a huge bridge for me between the limited exposure to camera tech from police vendors, to the overall commercial surveillance market. Video surveillance allows agencies to offer solutions for departments strapped for personel, better situational awareness for first responders, and evidence for courts that increases the ability to prosecute suspects more effectively.

I look forward to all the articles and reviews and I appreciate everything I have been able to learn already.

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