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Philadelphia Police Department Receives Safety Equipment Grant From The Spirit Of Blue Foundation

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

PPD Grant Presentation to Commissioner Ramsey - 3-21-14Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation (left), presents the $10,000 Safety Equipment Grant to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey (right) during the formal grant presentation at the department’s 35th District Headquarters on March 21, 2014.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – March 31, 2014 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced today that it has awarded a $10,000 Safety Equipment Grant to the Philadelphia Police Department for the purchase of at least 24 ballistic vests. The grant was given in memory of fallen Officer Charles E. Cassidy who was killed in the line of duty while attempting to stop an armed robbery in 2007. The ballistic vests will be purchased in conjunction with the US Department of Justice’s Ballistic Vest Program, which provides federal matching funds for ballistic vest purchases, and will be issued to members of the 35th District where Officer Cassidy served.

“We appreciate this generous gift that is being donated to our department in an effort to keep our members safe. A ballistic vest is one of the most important pieces of equipment for a police officer because it can save his/her life,” stated Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department. “We want to thank the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation and the Spirit of Blue Foundation for this grant; and we thank you for honoring the memory of one of our fallen heroes, Officer Charles Cassidy.”

“We expect so much of our police officers. We need them in many ways to hold our society together,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “But there is an unwritten social contract that we will protect those who protect us. That is what we have to be about. So, it is an extreme honor to award this grant to provide ballistic vests to these fine men and women, so they can hopefully end each shift safely and return home to their families.”

The Safety Equipment Grant was enabled by a generous gift from The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation who partners with organizations that work to support public safety officers, in addition to a number of other community initiatives.

2014 statistics preliminarily released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 29 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives this year, an increase of 16% from the same period in the prior year. On average 56 firearms related deaths occur annually. The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

www.spiritofblue.com

NRA Life of Duty Patriot Profile – US C-SOG

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

NRA Life of Duty Presented by Brownells, Inc.
Patriot Profiles Sponsored by Smith & Wesson
US C-SOG

With more than 2.3 million inmates in America’s penitentiary system today, our correctional officers are severely outnumbered and under the constant threat of attack inside and outside prison walls. US C-SOG Senior Team Leader Joseph Garcia has made it his life’s mission to train and prepare warriors and operators to deal with the most violent, enraged and often disturbed criminals in the system. A true man of character, Garcia is an operator not playing a part, but living the various roles he must perform day in and day out.

Read more at www.nralifeofduty.tv/patriot-profiles/video/patriot-profiles-us-c-sog

New Middletown Police Department Receives Safety Equipment Grant From The Spirit Of Blue Foundation

Monday, March 17th, 2014

New Middletown Grant - 2-25-14Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation (left), presented the New Middletown Police Department with a Philips HeartStart AED. Receiving the grant was Chief Vincent D’Egidio (right) at the City Municipal Building on February 25, 2014.

NEW MIDDLETOWN, OHIO – March 17, 2014 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced today that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to New Middletown (OH) Police Department. The grant is for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that will be positioned in a patrol car and available to officers on duty at all times. The grant was made possible by a generous gift from Blue Force Gear and is valued at $1,609.00.

New Middletown is a vibrant suburb of Youngstown, Ohio with a population of 1,600 residents. The police department has 9 officers who serve the Village of New Middletown, 3 of which are over the age of 50.

“The immediate availability of having the AED in the patrol unit is critical in the event an officer suffers a heart attack during training, or a police incident,” stated Chief Vincent D’Egidio of the New Middletown Police Department. “The AED dramatically increases the survival opportunity for the officer in need.”

The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED is a simple to use medical device that provides on-demand audio coached AED and CPR guidance during the resuscitation of a sudden cardiac arrest victim. Paddles for both adults and children/infants were provided with the AED, as it will also be available for medical calls throughout the village.

“We talk about officer safety in terms of being able to go home safely at the end of each shift,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue. “But, when you have officers who have been working the road for 20-30 years, you need to consider a safe end to their careers as well. If that means ensuring an AED is available, then we are more than happy to provide it.”

2014 statistics preliminarily released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that so far this year 23 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives, an increase of 28% from the same period in the prior year. On average, 17 officers are lost each year due to on the job illness or health events.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.com.

USAF Security Forces Mandate New Black Gould & Goodrich Molded Nylon Duty Gear For Use With Blues

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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The US Air Force Force Protection Commodity Council has awarded a new indefinite quantity – indefinite delivery contract for Law Enforcement Black Gould & Goodrich Molded Nylon Duty Gear to ADS, Inc. Black Gould & Goodrich Molded Nylon Duty Gear is intended for use by DAF Civilian Police/Guards and Security Forces military members in blues only. The contract specifies the following 10 Black nylon items:

- Utility Belt (S, M, L, XL)
- Belt keepers
- Handcuff case
- Radio Case
- Single magazine M9 ammo pouch
- Triple magazine M4 ammo pouch
- Chemical spray holder
- Baton Holder
- Silent key ring holder
- Glove pouch

The contract is effective through January 14, 2019. Items are currently available for order. Look for info from Security Forces Center soon.

Active Shooter Response Gear from LBT Inc

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

There has been an increasing demand for Active Shooter response gear from Law Enforcement. To answer this requirement, LBT Inc has spent the last few months working closely with multiple SWAT teams across the United States as well as ATF/SRT teams to develop individual equipment to deal with these threats. The focus of their effort has been to adapt the operational functionality LBT offers their SOF customers and apply that mindset to developing kit specifically for federal agencies and Law Enforcement who may face an Active Shooter scenario at a moment’s notice.

LBT-2586N Active Shooter Assault Panel (A.S.A.P.)

LBT ASAP

-Low-profile rig that attaches easily to the 6094 series of plate carriers
-The A.S.A.P. features a hook and loop sleeve that incorporates interchangeable magazine inserts which hold either of the included pouches:
–(2) M4 / (2) 9mm / Handcuff / Flashlight Insert with bungee rentention
–Speed Draw Quadruple 5.56 magazine pouch with S&S Precision Pull Tabs
-Utilizes National Molding’s Molle-T™, replaceable side release adapters allowing ultra-quick donning and doffing
-Front of panel is configured with modular attachment points for mounting extra equipment
-Waist cinches by way of Any Which Way female buckles attached by modular attachment points on the back
-Made of 500D Cordura
-Overall Dimensions: 24″ L x 2.5″ W x 7″ H
-Weight: 17 Oz
-Colors: Green and Black

LBT-9039A Modular Assault Pack (MAP)

LBT MAP

-Designed for modular attachment to 6094 series plate carriers
-Modular web attachment points on front, back and side of pack – great for pouches and plate carrier attachment
-Multiple entry points for hydration system, cables and communications equipment
-Cinch straps for snug fit with adjustable hook and loop pieces to prevent excess strap from flapping
-Two double zippered compartments and front organization pocket
-Identification field on front (hook and loop panel)
-Drainage grommets on bottom of pack
- Colors: Ranger Green, Black, Coyote Brown, Coyote Tan and Multicam

LBT-6094B SRT Kit

LBT Kit

-Designed off the success and reliability of the LBT-6094 Modular Plate Carrier Series
–(4) Front internal pouches for administrative, document and internal stowage
-Includes LBT-2645G Kangaroo Pouch
-Heavy duty hook and loop on front and rear for ID patches
-Elastic retention on cummerbund for chem lights and breaching tools
-Button hole on back to conceal flex cuffs through the shoulder straps
-Colors: Ranger Green and Black

LBT-2645G Kangaroo Insert

LBT Kangaroo Insert

-Insert pouch for LBT-6094 series of plate carriers
–(1) M4 magazine, (1) 9mm magazine, (1) Handcuffs, (1) Flashlight pocket
-S&S Precision Pull Tab bungee retention for secure stowage
-Hook and loop attachment
-Fits inside front pocket of LBT-6094 series of plate carriers
-Colors: Ranger Green and Black

LBT-1608K-9 Tactical K-9 Harness

LBT K9 Harness
Tactical harness made specifically for canines in the 75-85 pound range

-Made from Heavy Duty Mesh, 1000D Cordura spine, and lycra side to accommodate proper fit
-Harness clicks in/adjusts through (3) Cobra buckles and #10 YKK zipper
-Elastic Binding around shoulder and back for maximum comfort
–(6) Retention loops to click and carry gear
–(2) Reinforced handles front/back for ease of lifting and holding.
-Rappel strap
-Loops to hold strobes and lights
-1.25”D ring for lead attachment
-(2) 3.5” x 4” Loop for ID and patch placement
-Colors: Ranger Green and MultiCam

lbtinc.com/activeshooter

MultiCam Is The New Black

Friday, November 8th, 2013

MultiCam Is The New Black, Bitches!

Coming 11/25/2013

A New Law Enforcement Pattern

from

www.MultiCamPattern.com

Available Through

www.truspec.com

Winter Springs Police Receives Safety Equipment Grant From The Spirit Of Blue Foundation

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
 Lt. Doug Seely (left), representing the Winter Springs Police Department, is a senior member of their Criminal Investigations Bureau.  The Amped FIVE Software was presented by Todd Parola (right) Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.

Lt. Doug Seely (left), representing the Winter Springs Police Department, is a senior member of their Criminal Investigations Bureau. The Amped FIVE Software was presented by Todd Parola (right) Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.

WINTER SPRINGS, FLORIDA – October 1, 2013 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced today that it has awarded a copy of the Amped FIVE Professional forensic image and video enhancement software to the Winter Springs Police Department as part of its 2013 Safety Grant Program. A formal presentation of the software was made on August 26th at the Winter Springs Police Headquarters to Lieutenant Doug Seely, a senior member of the Criminal Investigations Bureau. The announcement of the grant was delayed due to sensitivities surrounding ongoing investigations being conducted by the department. The grant award was made possible by a generous gift from Amped Software North America and will be utilized by investigators in their daily work and on major cases.

“We are blessed to receive this Safety Equipment Grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation,” stated Lt. Seely. “There are more and more security cameras being installed in businesses and residential areas to help people feel safe. Having the Amped FIVE forensics software will assist us in providing our services to the community using those sources of data.”

“We were very impressed with how Winter Springs plans on utilizing this powerful technology, not just within their own community, but with neighboring Law Enforcement agencies as well,” commented Todd Parola, the Chairman of the Board for the Spirit of Blue. “Our Foundation is committed to organizations like Winter Springs PD that understand the importance of integrating forensic software technology into today’s crime solving environment.”

Amped Software develops tools for the analysis, enhancement, and authentication of digital images and video for forensic, security and investigative applications. Amped FIVE Professional, their flagship product, is used by government agencies, law enforcement, forensic labs and security companies worldwide. Amped experts have worked on hundreds of cases, some of which have been of recent national and international importance. Founded in 2008 in Trieste, Italy, and with US offices in Las Vegas that serves US Law Enforcement, military, and corporate customers; Amped’s single mission is to create the one stop software for any image and video processing need related to security and investigations.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation works nationally to support the Law Enforcement community through the award of Safety Equipment Grants, funded by both private and corporate donations. So far this year the Foundation has awarded Safety Equipment Grants to the Revere (MA) Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Seven additional Safety Equipment Grants are in the acceptance process and should be awarded prior to the end of the year.

2013 preliminary statistics released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in conjunction with Concerns of Police Survivors, reveal the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty so far this year have totaled 80, a modest 8% percent decrease from the same period is 2012. Firearm-related deaths reached 24, a decrease of 29% for the same period. While progress is being made, the reality of these statistics and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve to protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, make a donation or to order from a full range of Spirit of Blue products currently available, visit www.spiritofblue.com.

ampedsoftware.com/

Benchmade Knife Company Announces “Benchmade Law Enforcement Division”

Friday, September 20th, 2013

We received this announcement just a little while ago. Check out their Facebook page to keep abreast of what Benchmade is doing for the LE community.
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September 19, 2013, OREGON CITY, Ore. – Benchmade Knife Company is pleased to announce the launch of it’s “Law Enforcement Division”.

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Benchmade has proud history of serving law enforcement agencies over the years and Benchmade’s Law Enforcement Division looks to directly speak and address the needs of law enforcement individuals and agencies.

“As a part of the Benchmade team, the Law Enforcement Division looks to key-in and specifically work closely with all those in the law enforcement and tactical markets,” says Brian Montgomery, New Business Development Manager, Federal Law Enforcement Sales. “Our new Facebook page will be a great outlet and opportunity to share relevant stories and articles and as well, introduce and share specific product developed for all those in law enforcement.”

Troy Corum, Benchmade’s Commerical Law Enforcement Business Development Manager, says, “Within our division we have 40 years-plus of experience in law enforcement and the tactical markets. With some of these new tools and assets we will be implementing we look to even better serve all those in this market.”.

You can visit the Benchmade Law Enforcement Division Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/BenchmadeLE

TacApps – Cop Slang App

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Cop Slang

Thought some of our LE readers might be interested.

www.copslang.com/

Factors that Affect Law Enforcement Officers’ Use of Body Armor

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

The National Institute of Justice has launched a page on the website entitled, “Factors that Affect Officers’ Use of Body Armor.” It is meant to aggregate any studies that they have conducted relative to the use of body armor by law enforcement officers.

Currently, there are two topics with supporting documentation: Agency Policies Promote Use of Body Armor and Comfort of Body Armor. One interesting role NIJ has taken in the improvement of body armor comfort is in the realm of fit. They have worked with the American Society of Testing and Materials to develop standards for fitting armor so that industry and consumers alike will work from a common point of view for sizing.

This is a great resource.

www.nij.gov/nij/topics/technology/body-armor/use