• 2015 Ford F150 Supercab Under Rear Seat Lockbox

    July 1, 2015

    2015 Ford F150 Supercab Under Rear Seat Lockbox Tuffy Part Number 319 This high security 16 gauge steel security lockbox mounts under the rear seat in a 2015+ Ford F150 SuperCab (Extended Cab). The full width formfitting design of the Tuffy lockbox has over 3000 cubic inches of lockable storage. Itís secured contents are easily accessed by flipping either or both of the rear seat(s) up and opening the corresponding lid(s). The unique design allows the full width to be used to stow firearms or other long items.  Featuring Tuffyís Pry-Guard Locking System with a 10 tumbler double bitted security lock with built in weather seals. Chamfered corners are incorporated into the design making it easier to operate the seat releases as well as aiding passenger ingress and egress. The innovative mounting system is only accessed from inside the box. When additional floor space is needed the entire lockbox can be removed in seconds without the need for any tools. Mounts inconspicuously under the seat out of apparent site of would be thieves. Is quickly and easily installed using the factory hardware without drilling. FEATURES: Over 3000 Cubic inches of lockable storage space. Exclusive 10 tumbler double bitted lock with built in weather seals. Pry-Guard locking system featuring 1/8" thick welded steel components. Stealthy design is hidden under the seat from prying eyes. Welded 16 Gauge steel construction and durable texture powder coat finish. Weather resistant lid design incorporates an exclusive Pin-Lock hinging system with built-in lid stop for added security. The innovative mounting system permits removal from vehicle in seconds from inside the box when unlocked without the need for tools. Mounting hardware provided. Quick and easy install does not require drilling. Weather & dust seals. Chamfered corners are incorporated into the design making it easier to operate the seat releases as well as aiding passenger access. FITS: F150 SuperCab (Extended Cab) 2015+ Part #: 319 Price: $319.00

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  • Code 3®, Inc. Introduces 2016 Ford PI Utility Products

    June 12, 2015

    Code 3 Introduces 2016 Ford PI Utility Products Code 3®, Inc. introduces a complete set of lights and sirens for the 2016 Ford PI Utility. From lightbar to grille, speaker, and mirror lights, Code 3 is ready to outfit your new 2016 PI Utility! Code 3’s custom fit SuperVisor® Torus features a thin design that remains unseen until energized to help keep the vehicle as stealthy as possible, while an array of XT, TREX, MR, and ChaseTM series lights are a perfect addition to the side mirrors, push bumper, rear window, license plate and grille for those looking maximize their visibility. Code 3's popular upper-windshield CitadelTM looks great on the PI Utility. The CitadelTM is easily installed underneath the rear spoiler and provides maximum rear window visibility while at the same time eliminating any possibility of interior backflash. Along with license plate lighting, MR6 lights in the bumper and Hide-A- Blast tail tights, Code 3 has everything you need to make your vehicle as visible as possible. Lighting products such as the SD24 or MR6 are mounted inside the lift gate for added safety lighting.Code 3’s C3100 speakers feature highly efficient American drivers that are lightweight, yet rugged and weather-resistant and are housed in a compact, low profile design. Most lighting products are available with both chrome and black bezels. For a complete listing of the new 2016 Ford PI Utility lightheads and brackets, visit code3esg.com or call Code 3 Customer Service at (314) 426-2700. ### Established in 1974, Code 3 Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of emergency lighting and warning products for police, fire, emergency response, utility and industrial applications in Saint Louis, MO. Code 3 Inc. is a member of ECCO Safety Group (ESG).

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  • Michigan’s Shiawassee County: County Cuts Cop Couriers From Warrant Requests

    May 1, 2015

    County Cuts Cop Couriers From Warrant Requests By Shiawassee Chief Assistant County Prosecutor Daniel Nees and Tim Wacker Police in Michigan’s Shiawassee County called it the “Prosecutor Run.” A trip made twice daily by officers from Shiawassee’s 16 police departments to the county prosecutor’s office to drop off the paperwork required to issue arrest warrants. The Prosecutor Run took hours from an officer’s workday while adding wear and tear on patrol cars and gas to the costs incurred by each department conducting them. Then there was the cost Shiawassee’s communities bore of not having those officers on the streets doing the jobs they are trained to do. All that and a lot more in the rigidly run process of issuing warrant requests have been eliminated or automated by computer commands now being executed by a county-run software system. "Warrant requests were a pretty involved process for us prior to going with the county’s Laserfiche ECM program,” says Shiawassee Sheriff’s Lt. Walter McPherson, referring to the software system the prosecutor’s office opened to law enforcement agencies last year. “Before that, an officer would spend two or three hours every day running the paperwork back and forth, longer if it was a complicated case. Now department secretaries do it all electronically.” Secretaries could also conduct the Prosecutor Run for much less cost than dispatching officers in patrol cars, but confidentiality and numerous other legalities involved in processing warrant requests prohibits that. So, the Prosecutor Run was seen as an inevitable expense costing 300 to 500 hours per week that police spent carrying paperwork back and forth. The Prosecutor Run was also an unacceptable expense in this age of computer automation. That was how national Laserfiche ECM reseller General Code put it in a presentation to the Shiawassee County prosecutor's office in mid-2013. At that time, the prosecutor's office was using an entirely paper-based records management system contained in rows of metal filing cabinets. The county knew it could realize considerable labor savings by converting the paper documents into electronic records, thereby eliminating the filing cabinets. General Code vice president of strategy, Daniel Foster, pointed out even greater labor savings is available from the numerous software modules within the system which can automate the handling of those electronic images once they are converted. Foster first proposed using Laserfiche ECM’s Workflow module to eliminate the Prosecutor Run. By opening up police department access to the county system, the warrant requests officers were carrying back and forth could be transferred in seconds via computer PDF files and email. It took General Code technicians a few weeks to make those connections using Workflow, but when it was finished so was the Prosecutor Run. General Code wasn’t finished. Its engineers still saw lots of paper and work that could be eliminated and automated in the prosecutor’s office to cut hours and days off the time required to turn warrant requests into court appearances for people breaking the law. When a warrant request arrives at the county prosecutor’s office, it kicks off what often is a long chain of official actions and authorizations needed to meet all the confidentiality and legal requirements to produce a document that will withstand a judge’s scrutiny. Numerous offices and officials can be involved in the various combinations of manual tasks assigned to the different types of warrant requests received every day. Working with Laserfiche integration consultants IPDigital and the prosecutor’s IT staff, General Code automated dozens of steps once done manually to issue those warrants. If the warrant request involves a juvenile offender, the redactions deemed necessary to insure confidentiality are now conducted automatically. If screening staff at the county decide a warrant request is incomplete—which includes about 20 percent of those submitted—they note the missing items and Workflow automatically returns it for correction, eliminating yet more prosecutor runs for police departments. If a warrant request passes the initial screening for further processing, emails alerts of the pending paperwork are sent to those next in line to receive it while the sender is also alerted when the warrant request has been successfully received. If problems arise, or supplemental information is needed at any step along the way, staffers note the revisions needed and Workflow returns or reroutes the request with similar alerts to sender and receiver. Nothing gets lost in the system anymore. “It’s one of the most elaborate process automations I’ve ever seen,” says IPDigital president William Peyton. “I’ve not received any calls for support in months and the system is little more than a year old. It makes you wonder what the limitations of this technology are.” Shortly after the system was up and running, those limitations were tested and surpassed in two key ways. First, General Code proposed using another of the system’s software modules called Forms to eliminate the still very time-consuming process for police to manually pull the information from department records management systems and then type it into the PDFs sent over to the prosecutor’s office. The next step was to tie the county system into the state’s arrest and convictions records repository, called ACT, for assignment of a case number, the final step before an arrest warrant can be issued. Now when police request a warrant, the supporting documentation is automatically uploaded from police records management systems into an electronic form which is then uploaded into the warrant request PDF emailed to the prosecutor’s office. When it clears the prosecutor’s office it is routed to the state’s ACT system where it is reviewed again and, if deemed complete, assigned a case number and forwarded to the submitting police department. All this happens automatically. The county’s integration with the state’s ACT system also allows the prosecutor’s office to access state arrest and conviction records which often play a key role in promulgating the final charges put into the warrants, eliminating yet another function no longer handled by police. “We no longer need to pull the conviction and criminal histories and copy them and send them over,” McPherson says. “The time and cost savings for the departments is significant. It took some work, but it all seems so simple now that it’s up and running.” Elegant is a better word to describe the system, Foster says. Workflow now automates dozens of operations police and prosecutors previously did by hand but the build-out took several months of collaborative efforts by IT staff at both agencies. Tying the local, county, and state systems together required another several weeks of effort by staff at all three levels of government, Foster says. "From the outset, the police and prosecutors involved had a keen appreciation for what this technology can do for them," Foster says. "That is vital, when building these systems. It required a level of commitment and patience to put everything in place, but now they are reaping the rewards." What used to take two or three days now takes little more than a morning. Moreover, as staff become more accustomed and proficient at using the system, unexpected benefits and opportunities for expansion into new areas of operations continually arise. Chief among the benefits is the elimination of a lot of errors in Shiawassee’s warrant requests. The accuracy of input into ACT from Shiawassee County has improved dramatically, while other counties still have had some pretty serious problems. As a result the state has congratulated Shiawassee on the improved accuracy of the warrant requests it submits to ACT. That fact is not being lost on other counties in Michigan and elsewhere in the country which all must conduct pretty much the same prosecutor runs and cope with all the manual work behind warrant requests, according to Foster. “We’re implementing similar solutions in Oneida and Tompkins counties in New York, and in Franklin County in Pennsylvania,” he says. “Those systems are not quite as elaborate, but now that Shiawassee has so successfully automated so much of its warrant request process, those offices and others are showing greater interest.” The automation of the Prosecutor Run has law enforcement in Shiawassee County looking at expanding Workflow into another time consuming operation police must still conduct manually: printing out the warrants the prosecutor's have issued and driving them over to the courts to be executed. That too will be automated if the county courts agree to allow electronic signatures to be legally binding. There does not appear to be a name for that courier service yet, but if Workflow is brought into the process one will not be needed. “It will save Shiawassee’s police departments even more time,” says Foster. “Courts in other counties we work with have adopted electronic signatures, we expect it’s just a matter of time before Shiawassee’s courts do so as well.” Tim Wacker is a technical writer for NBN Communications, a Massachusetts-based writing services company.  

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  • Code 3 Introduces Emergency Lighting for the 2015 Charger

    April 27, 2015

    Code 3 Introduces Emergency Lighting for the 2015 Charger Code 3 Introduces Emergency Lighting for the 2015 Charger Code 3®, Inc. introduces a complete set of lights and sirens custom fit for the 2015 Dodge Charger. From the license plate to the front grille, to the lightbar, and finally to rear lights, Code 3 has you covered from all angles! Code 3 recently released the SuperVisor Flex, an interior windshield light, which is available in MultiColor (18-up) and single color (9-up) using the latest Torus LED technology. The Flex lightheads are situated, so they shine straight ahead while the LEDs in each lighthead are designed to spread light, so they do not require aiming. This interior windshield light along with the WingMan in the back deck are ideal for the 2015 Charger. Additional products for crucial lighting are the grille area, side mirror, and the license plates. As always, Code 3 provides deck, dash, and exterior lighting, plus Hide-A-Blasts for rear taillights. All provide optimal lighting for straight-on and off-angle performance. For a complete listing of the new 2015 Charger lights and siren, visit code3esg.com or call Code 3 Customer Service at (314) 426-2700. ### Established in 1974, Code 3 Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of emergency lighting and warning products for police, fire, emergency response, utility, and industrial applications in Saint Louis, MO. Code 3 Inc. is a division of ECCO Safety Group.

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  • Code 3 Introduces the SuperVisor®Flex

    April 16, 2015

    For Immediate Release Code 3 Introduces the SuperVisor®Flex St Louis, MO USA—April 16, 2015 Code 3, Inc Diane Schoenefeld, Code 3, Inc., (314) 996-2851, 10986 N. Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63114 Code 3 Introduces the SuperVisor®Flex  Code 3®, Inc. introduces the SuperVisor® Flex, an updated version of Code 3’s front windshield interior light, the SuperVisor U. The Flex is available in Torus MultiColor (18-up) and single color (9-up) lightheads. The SuperVisor Flex is sleekly designed to fit the windshield curves and angles of most vehicles. The adjustable side-shield plates have been designed specifically to block out flashback light from the sides while the lightheads are situated to project light straight ahead. Smartly designed bracketing and rubber gaskets allow this two part (one on driver’s side and one on passenger’s side) interior light can be mounted on almost any vehicle. Available in two models: sedan and light truck/SUV, the Flex features ease of installation with a quick-disconnect center connector cord. Designed with the latest Torus™ LED technology, the SuperVisor Flex features bright, efficient LEDs and independent flashing lightheads that go from stealth to a wealth of light in an instant. The SuperVisor Flex comes in both full windshield and passenger side only models. Standard MultiColor models allow all the lightheads to turn to full takedown mode. A full complement of bracketry is provided to ensure that the Flex will fit your vehicle. For more information, visit code3esg.com or call Code 3 Customer Service at (314) 426-2700. ###

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  • AGENTS REMAIN IN DISGUISE WITH NEW COMMUNICATIONS KIT

    April 7, 2015

    AGENTS REMAIN IN DISGUISE WITH NEW COMMUNICATIONS KIT TCI’s New CIPS ‘Covert In Plain Sight’ Kit Connects Patrol Radio to Standard Earbuds ONTARIO, California – TCITM, a brand of The Safariland Group, introduces an ingenious CIPS (“Covert In Plain Sight”) Communications Kit for police officers. The new CIPS Kit allows plainclothes officers to remain covert as they transmit communications through standard earbuds commonly associated with smartphones or MP3 players - making it appear as if the operator is listening to music or simply talking on the phone. Ideal for covert and plainclothes officers, the CIPS Communications Kit connects to a tactical radio and enables two-way communication through the earbud microphone, just like a cell phone. A separate micro PTT (Push-to-Talk) hook-and-loop ring attaches to a fingertip or belt loop, enabling the operator to key the radio and use the microphone in the headset without any indication to outsiders that a tactical radio is in use. “With the new CIPS Kit, our goal is to allow law enforcement officers to keep open and clear communication with their teams with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment. “And, by wearing those ubiquitous white earbuds, agents blend into the crowd since no one looks twice when they see someone wearing them.” Engineered for maximum discretion, the CIPS Kit’s 60” cable is optimal for running smoothly under clothing. The micro PTT ring comes in black or beige to blend in with clothing. The lightweight and low-profile unit also features a quick-detach system with no threaded plugs or hardwired connections, and is compatible with most tactical and patrol radios. TCI has been designing and manufacturing the highest quality products for almost 20 years and is well known as a market leader in high-end military and tactical communications systems. With a comprehensive understanding of industry requirements, TCI is excited to enter the retail market with the innovative CIPS Communications Kit as they provide the same level of expertise and commitment to the law enforcement community. The CIPS Communication Kit retails for approximately $140 including white earbuds and can be found at http://ow.ly/LgCG7. - More -About TCI Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (TCI) manufactures various high-performance custom tactical communication headsets, audio solutions and commercial off-the-shelf communications products. Founded in 1996 by a group of law enforcement professionals with extensive experience in tactical training and mission work, the TCI brand is built upon a comprehensive understanding of requirements for the law enforcement, public safety, security and military markets worldwide. About The Safariland Group The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Defense Technology®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival® and Med-Eng®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC. For further information, please contact: Chastine Gabiola Communications Specialist The Safariland Group Tel 1+909-923-7300 x31302 chastine.gabiola@safariland.com ###

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  • Two-Wire Patrol Kit Brings TCI Quality for Police Officers

    April 6, 2015

    Two-Wire Patrol Kit Brings TCI Quality for Police Officers New Lightweight and Affordable Headset through the Retail Market ONTARIO, California – TCITM, a brand of The Safariland Group, is excited to release the new Two-Wire Patrol Kit, a lightweight communications kit for law enforcement officers. As a manufacturer of high-performance tactical audio solutions, TCI now offers the same military- grade quality to police officers. This economically-priced unit is an ideal replacement for the bulky shoulder-worn speaker microphone handset officers may have. Designed for patrol, security and surveillance communications, the Two-Wire Patrol Kit is made with high-quality acoustic tubing and a small, high-gain in-line microphone that keeps the unit lightweight while still providing excellent sound quality. A Hirose connector is also included and allows an officer to quickly disconnect the radio without having to twist the headset jack – which can potentially degrade the wiring connection overtime. “We are proud to bring the same excellent quality that TCI is known for in the military and tactical market to the uniformed law enforcement market,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment. “TCI has a long-standing excellent reputation among the military and tactical teams for high-end, quality products. Now, we are able to offer TCI products in the retail market at competitive pricing for patrol officers.” The Two-Wire Patrol Kit is sure to catch the eye of officers looking to upgrade their standard issue microphone handset for a nimbler unit that allows constant clear communication. Other industries that depend on two-way communication will also take note as the new unit’s affordability makes it an excellent option for security, hospitality and industrial workers as well. Now available for retail sale, the Two-Wire Patrol Kit is offered at an MSRP of just $110.00, and can be purchased directly at http://ow.ly/LfYrf. About Tactical Command Industries Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (TCI) manufactures various high-performance custom tactical communication headsets, audio solutions and commercial off-the-shelf communications products. Founded in 1996 by a group of law enforcement professionals with extensive experience in tactical training and mission work, the TCI brand is built upon a comprehensive understanding of requirements for the law enforcement, public safety, security and military markets worldwide. For more information, please visit www.safariland.com/tci. - More - A BRAND OF THE SAFARILAND GROUP 1/2About The Safariland Group The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Defense Technology ®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival® and Med-Eng®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC. For further information, please contact: Chastine Gabiola Communications Specialist The Safariland Group Tel 1+909-923-7300 x31302 chastine.gabiola@safariland.com # # #

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  • Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc (VDI) | Safety Training Products and Programs

    March 17, 2015

    Public Safety Agencies Offer Educational Lifesaving Outreach Programs with Innovative Simulation-Based Distracted and Impaired Driving Training Programs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EL DORADO HILLS, CA – March, 2015: Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc.(VDI), the leading provider of simulation training solutions for commercial and education applications, offers public safety lifesaving educational training products and programs: One Simple Decision® and Virtual Hazard Detection®.  VDI's safety training products and programs are designed to combat critical highway safety problems. One Simple Decision (OSD), is an innovative simulation-based distracted and impaired driving program where actual law enforcement, judicial and medical personnel interact with the driver to modify driving behavior by illustrating the consequences of choices made behind the wheel. One Simple Decision also tracks driving violations in real time displaying them on the screen as they occur. Driving violations captured include speeding, swerving, running stop signs or signal lights, making wrong turns, driving in the bike or center lanes, etc. Virtual HD, the industry’s first voice-controlled, interactive, simulation-based driver safety program is designed to improve hazard recognition skills and reduce crash risk for many of the top commercial fleets. Public safety agencies such as law enforcement, fire and EMS expand community outreach programs by helping their community drivers practice safe driving protocols through realistic, yet peril free simulation. Agencies are dedicating resources to educate the public regarding safe driving habits and have conducted numerous programs relating to impaired and distracted driving. Programs target all age groups, with the main focus being teen drivers. VDI simulators fill the need by being portable, interactive, realistic and associated with both impaired and distracted driving. VDI’s VT Touch Simulator and One Simple Decision (OSD) programs are systems that can be set up in a mobile education trailer for large scale events or departments can take to a classroom for small presentations. The OSD software is extremely engaging which helps keep the attention of young users. The driver simulation scenarios go beyond just driving aimlessly like other simulators and communicates, through first-person video, the consequences of bad choices made behind the wheel.  Some recent law enforcement agencies purchasing VDI simulators with One Simple Decision software include LAPD, Michigan and Illinois State Police, Colorado State Patrol, Pasadena and Brownsville, TN PD, the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, Barron County Sherrif, WI and many more. Both Brownsville PD and Barron County Sherrif not only purchased the One Simple Decision software but also the award-winning boating software to provide both safe boating and driving training for their communities. Virtual Driver Interactive will showcase One Simple Decision and Virtual Hazard Detection simulation programs at the Lifesavers Conference in Chicago, booth #303. The Lifesavers 2015 Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on March 16th and 17th. It is the largest national gathering of highway safety professionals in the United States celebrating 33 years of delivering solutions to today’s critical safety problems. VDI is pleased to continue to support the conference and, like Lifesavers, is committed to share the common goal of improving highway safety. For more information on the Lifesavers Conference visitwww.lifesaversconference.org Share this product release -      To download images for online or print releases click below links:  Virtual Driver Interactive High Res Image Pack - (http://thinkipm.com/clientprs/vdi/VDIimagepack.zip)  VIirtual Driver Interactive logo - (http://thinkipm.com/clientprs/vdi/VDIlargelogo.png)  VDI One Simple Decision logos - (http://thinkipm.com/clientprs/vdi/OSDlogos.png)  VDI One Simple Decision Brochure - (http://thinkipm.com/clientprs/vdi/OSDpdf.pdf)  More about Virtual Driver Interactive - Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI) is well known in the simulation industry for its vision of innovative simulation-based training. From training experienced corporate fleets to new teen drivers, VDI delivers effective training. VDI offers highly portable, affordable and effective solutions. Titles include Virtual HD® (Virtual Hazard Detection), designed specifically for corporate fleets; One Simple Decision®, a deterrent to distracted or impaired driving; Virtual DE™ (Virtual Driving Essentials), a driver training and assessment program teaching critical skills; and Boating Skills VT™ (Boating Skills Virtual Trainer), industry’s leading simulation-based boating safety program. VDI is a privately-held company headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California. For more information about VDI’s innovative interactive simulation driver training solutions.  For more information about VDI’s innovative interactive simulation driver training solutions visit our website www.driverinteractive.com. 

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  • New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

    February 12, 2015

    Feb 11, 2015 | CHICAGO New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, Sets Its Sights on Innovation, Continued Sales Leadership Ford Police Interceptor – the top-selling law enforcement vehicle in the United States – is ready to hit the streets with a fresh look and new features this summer 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, created with hands-on input from Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, is the most customer-centric, purpose-built vehicle from Ford Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan are built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and shipped to markets across the world CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2015 – Ford will unveil the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show this Thursday, kicking off a new chapter for the utility that has changed the face of law enforcement. Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, helping Ford capture 55 percent of the U.S. law enforcement vehicle market. The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board to handle the extreme rigors of police duty. In the business of fighting crime, performance and durability are king. Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the only Pursuit Rated midsize utility vehicle; Ford’s utility and sedan versions are the only Pursuit Rated vehicles with standard all-wheel drive.“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles.“By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.” Customer-driven innovation To create the most innovative law enforcement vehicles, Ford listened to the experts. The Police Advisory Board was created by Ford to refine and develop future products that meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. The board, created in 2000, consists of a rotating panel of 25 experts from the law enforcement community. The group has supplied Ford with customer feedback and served as a pilot group for products, programs and services. The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features a new front and rear design, new headlamps, a new instrument panel and an enhanced electrical system to distribute electrical loads more efficiently. Available Surveillance Mode technology warns the driver when someone approaches the rear of the vehicle. Upon detection, the driver’s window automatically raises and all doors lock. Ford is the first manufacturer to bring this innovative feature to market. As a direct response to customer feedback, Ford added a liftgate release switch, accessible to occupants in the front. It allows the rear liftgate mechanism to remain unlocked for 45 seconds before timing out, permitting officers to access the cargo area. A rear camera with washer is standard for the 2016 model with a 4-inch screen in the center stack. As an option, the view from the camera can be seen in the rearview mirror. Ford Police Interceptor Utility comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 producing 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, while an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing agencies to select the engine that best meets their patrol requirements. Police Interceptor Utility’s standard all-wheel drive is designed to deliver low-speed traction and high-speed handling and stability. “From the heavy-duty suspension and powertrain offerings, to the unique steering and transmission calibrations, Ford Police Interceptor Utility is built to provide any law enforcement agency a vehicle ready to meet extremely demanding needs,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Police Interceptor Utility. Both engines have been calibrated to meet extreme test requirements defined by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Tests include aggressive driving on road courses and racetracks, braking and acceleration, top speed and city pursuit testing. In both Police Interceptor models, the standard six-speed transmission features a unique Pursuit Mode specifically programmed for law enforcement use. The transmission automatically switches from normal, fuel-saving operation to Pursuit Mode when it detects aggressive driving situations, based on brake line pressure, deceleration and lateral acceleration rates. Once in Pursuit Mode, the upshift and downshift performance of the transmission is optimized for aggressive driving, returning to fuel-save mode when it senses the aggressive driving is complete. The software is tuned to perform a reverse J-turn, which is when a reversing vehicle is spun 180 degrees and continues, face forward, without changing direction of travel. In addition to unique cooling systems designed for extreme use, Police Interceptor also features custom-developed brakes designed to withstand excessive use. The 18-inch steel wheels have high venting characteristics to help cool the brakes. The vehicle has been designed to stand up to the demands of police work, with heavy-duty powertrain mounts, reinforced subframe mounts and unique hubs and bearings. Larger-diameter springs are used in the suspension. The upgrades help ensure every Police Interceptor model can handle the extreme rigors of law enforcement work. Even the tires are specifically designed to meet durability and pursuit standards, with some departments logging as many as 50,000 miles per year. The unibody structure of Police Interceptor Utility features boron steel in the A-pillar and a hydroformed, high-strength steel tube that runs the width of the vehicle to improve structural rigidity. Interior and exterior dimensions remain the same for the 2016 model. Designed in Dearborn, built in Chicago  Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan are sold in more than 80 markets around the world, but built in the heartland of America, at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. Once initial work is completed at Chicago Assembly Plant, the vehicles are transported less than a mile away to Troy Design and Manufacturing to be upfitted with law enforcement equipment. A wholly owned subsidiary of Ford, Troy Design and Manufacturing operates out of a 54,000-square-foot facility, where approximately 200 workers bring Police Interceptor vehicles to life. Law enforcement agencies can select from 125 packages, which include a variety of lighting options, wraps and styles. Last year, an estimated 269,000 police-duty accessories were installed on 36,000 vehicles before shipping to police departments across the globe. One of the most important and recognizable features of Police Interceptor are the lights. The 2016 Police Interceptor Utility allows agencies to choose from up to 25 different patterns. The lights are now better integrated into the new front and rear fascia, allowing for a more seamless design and a stealthier look for patrol duty. In a nod to police vehicle nostalgia, Ford added a blinking white function called “wig-wag” to the incandescent high-beam light bulbs. Other key technologies available on Ford Police Interceptor Utility: Ballistic shields built to Level III specifications determined by the National Institute of Justice Standard, factory- installed in the driver and passenger doors for additional protection against gunfire SYNC®, a hands-free information technology so officers can operate various communication and audio equipment by voice control Available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®), which uses two radar sensors located in the rear quarter panels to detect vehicles in the surrounding lanes. If a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot zones, the system alerts the driver with a warning light in the sideview mirror Available cross-traffic alert, which uses existing BLIS radar modules to sense oncoming traffic when slowly backing out of a parking spot. The system functions only while the vehicle is in reverse and warns when cross traffic appears within three car-widths Available Reverse Sensing System, which emits an audible tone to alert the driver to certain objects up to 6 feet behind the vehicle About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http:// corporate.ford.com.

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  • SHOTSPOTTER ADDS SIX NEW CITIES IN SECOND HALF 2014

    January 28, 2015

    SHOTSPOTTER ADDS SIX NEW CITIES IN SECOND HALF 2014; NOW IN MORE THAN 90 CITIES TO HELP DETER ILLEGAL URBAN GUNFIRE  Denver, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Savannah/Chatham, Trenton and Cape Town Deploy its Gunfire Detection Technology to Fight Urban Crime NEWARK, Calif. – January 28, 2015 – SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter and the global leader in gunfire detection, location, alerting and analysis, today announced it is now deployed in more than 90 cities worldwide, with six new cities --  Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Savannah/Chatham, GA., Trenton, N.J. and Cape Town, South Africa -- signing up in the second half of 2014 to bring ShotSpotter to their communities. In addition, Long Island (Suffolk County), NY, Minneapolis, MN and Oakland, CA each expanded their coverage areas again by a total of almost six square miles added in the three cities combined.  Glendale, AZ and Birmingham and Montgomery, AL have chosen to convert their legacy deployments to ShotSpotter Flex, SST’s cloud-based subscription service that includes 24/7 monitoring with real time reviewed alerts which provide additional context to help ensure officer safety when responding to the scene of a gunshot incident.    “We are excited to see how law enforcement leaders leverage ShotSpotter as a critical element in their comprehensive program to fight illegal urban gunfire,” said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of SST.  “Our 2014 National Gunfire Index, which we’ll release next month, compares 2014 gunfire to 2013 gunfire in ShotSpotter-monitored communities and details a significant reduction in gunfire incidents across the U.S. in those cities that are using ShotSpotter. The unique real time gun crime intelligence we provide helps local agencies offer a higher quality of service to many underserved communities.  As a result community support and law enforcement collaboration increases thereby deterring and preventing gun crime.” ShotSpotter as a Service  SST offers ShotSpotter Flex as an affordable annual subscription service that is a hosted, cloud-based solution. With the subscription service, city agencies no longer have to fund the purchase of expensive capital equipment or maintain the equipment after installation.    Included in ShotSpotter Flex is SST’s Reviewed Alerts Service, which provides immediate review and qualification of all gunfire incidents by ShotSpotter-staffed and trained gunshot acoustic experts. About ShotSpotter ShotSpotter Flex helps local law enforcement agencies by directing police to the precise location of illegal gunfire incidents enabling first responders to aid victims, collect evidence and quickly apprehend armed, dangerous offenders. The ShotSpotter actionable intelligence can then be used to prevent future crimes by positioning law enforcement when and where crime is likely to occur. With ShotSpotter Flex police now possess a scientific barometer of success since smart policing leads to fewer shootings.  About SST, Inc. SST, Inc. is the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology providing the most trusted, scalable and reliable gunfire alert and analysis solutions available today. SST’s ShotSpotter Flex™ is the leading gunfire alert and analysis solution for detecting gunshots and providing critical intelligence to give law enforcement agencies the detailed real-time data needed to investigate, analyze and prosecute gun related crimes.  It is a proven solution provider with more than 90 installations across the United States and the world, this translates to a coverage area of almost 300 square miles in the U.S. alone.  SST recently launched SecureCampus™, a gunfire detection system designed to provide both indoor and outdoor coverage at university and school campuses and other critical infrastructure locations. It also offers ShotSpotter SiteSecure for Critical Infrastructure, a reliable and cost-effective physical security solution designed to detect gunfire and explosive attacks on energy substations, bulk electrical power grids, airports and other large outdoor structures.  Privately held, the company possesses multiple patents resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic gunshot location technology. Information about SST and ShotSpotter at www.shotspotter.com, or follow SST and @ShotSpotter solutions on Twitter,Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.    Copyright © 2014 SST, Inc™.  All rights reserved. ShotSpotter Flex℠, ShotSpotter Onsite™, ShotSpotter SpecialOps™, ShotSpotter®, ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System®, ShotSpotter SiteSecure™, SST SecureCampus™ and the ShotSpotter logo are trademarks of SST, Inc™. SST and ShotSpotter technology is protected by one or more issued U.S. and foreign patents, with other domestic and foreign patents pending. Please see http://www.shotspotter.com/patents ###

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