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NCJ Number: 157548 Find in a Library
Title: When Law Enforcement Met Industry...Transferring Military Technology
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:22  Issue:6  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:56-58,60
Author(s): R Fulton
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This conference was attended by law enforcement, private industry, and government representatives who discussed existing and emerging crime prevention technologies; many industry participants who had developed new technologies for the defense industry were looking to serve law enforcement's technological needs.
Abstract: Industry giants represented at the conference included AT&T, Allied Signal, Westinghouse, and Eastman Kodak. Government representatives came from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and police departments. Several specific technologies were discussed at the conference. Road Sentry is a stationary device mounted or placed in a roadway that can deliver a jolt of electricity to a vehicle passing over it, either automatically or by remote control. Road Patriot is a small, rocket-powered sled that is lowered and launched from the front of a pursuing police car; after launch, the device goes under the fleeing vehicle, discharges its electrical charge, and disables the vehicle's ignition system. The NIJ reported on its search for a passive weapon detection system to identify individuals who are carrying a gun, knife, or other weapon without the intrusive physical search currently required. The NIJ has allocated funds to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate promising technologies in the area of passive weapon detection. Other NIJ initiatives focus on smart guns which can only be fired by their owner, sticky foam to immobilize unruly subjects, and a rear seat airbag to restrain unruly individuals in a police officer's back seat. The issue of liability in the development and marketing of police technologies was discussed by conference participants. 5 photographs
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Law enforcement; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); Police crime-prevention; Police equipment; Weapon carrying
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