• Washington to test police gun safety equipment

    Lawmakers in Washington are currently debating legislation that would require police departments to thoroughly test the gun locks and safes they issue to law enforcement officers for use in their homes

  • Recommended emergency response technology from Seattle’s CTO

    Following the rare four-day snowstorm that left Seattle, Washington blanketed in snow, Bill Schrier, the city’s chief technology officer, weighed in on the city’s response and offered tips on how to better implement technology in the future

  • Smiths Detection unveils new portable chemical detector

    Earlier this month Smiths Detection unveiled its latest chemical detector, a portable device that combines high speed, high-resolution gas chromatography and a miniaturized toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer

  • 55 dog teams to sniff out explosives at Olympics

    At the upcoming London Olympic Games, more than 150 bomb-sniffing dogs will be on hand to detect any potential threats

  • NYPD developing concealed gun detecting tech

    The New York Police Department (NYPD) is currently at work on a device that can detect if a person is carrying a concealed firearm from as far as eighty-two feet away

  • N.J. city augments surveillance cameras with spotlights

    Over the next three months, the East Orange police department will connect high-powered spotlights to their surveillance camera system, so that when camera operators spot suspicious activity they can turn on the bright lights of justice and deter would be criminals

  • First responders could be zipping through skies within two years

    Glenn Martin, the inventor of the Martin Jetpack, the world’s first commercially available jetpack, recently spoke with Homeland Security NewsWire’s executive editor Eugene K. Chow; in their interview Martin discusses the technical challenges of developing a viable jetpack, its uses in emergency response, and when we can expect to see civilians zipping through the skies

  • GPS trackers help catch copper thieves

    With thieves continuing to steal copper wiring and wreaking havoc on critical infrastructure systems across the United States, some security officials have taken to installing GPS tracking devices in copper wire to put an end to the growing problem

  • Supreme Court rules against GPS tracking

    On Monday, in a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement agencies needed a judge’s approval before using GPS technology to track a suspect

  • High-tech developments help end high-speed pursuits safely

    New technological developments are helping police officers end high-speed pursuits without jeopardizing the safety of themselves or the suspect

  • Reduced prices for license plates readers attracts more buyers

    Now that the cost of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) has dropped $17,000 from its initial price of $24,000, these devices are becoming increasingly common with more and more police departments across the country purchasing them

  • Also noted

    Minn. police give body cams a tryout | Law enforcement technology aims to step up policing |New Jersey paves the way for stun gun deployment | Tomorrow’s law enforcement technology today | 18th century wisdom guides Supreme Court’s GPS ruling | Technology helps police become more efficient | Smart911 sees rapid growth in 2011

  • Taser International reports orders by law enforcement

    Quibbles about the use of taser guns notwithstanding, figures released by Taser International show that police departments around the United States continue to favor the company’s stun guns, and also other law enforcement gear the company offers

  • Sponges stop troops from bleeding out

    Researchers at MIT have created special sponges that can help stop bleeding almost instantaneously; the sponges have been given a coating that includes thrombin, a clotting agent found in blood

  • DHS IG: Cook County communications program botched

    On Monday the DHS Inspector General blasted officials in Cook County, Illinois for mishandling a $45 million federally funded project to upgrade communications equipment for first responders; the Inspector General said the Cook County program, dubbed Project Shield, was fraught with trouble from the start, resulted in equipment that did not work, and potentially wasted millions of taxpayers’ dollars