IACP 2014: A dino-mite show




TASER recently attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) annual conference, which took place from October 26th through the 28th in Orlando, Florida. Each year we try to outdo ourselves with a compelling message and booth, and this year was no exception. Our theme was “Don’t Be a Dinosaur—Evolve”, which we brought to life with stuffed dinosaur giveaways, Evolve energy drinks, and animatronic T-Rexes that wandered the show floor.

We also gave a live presentation in our booth about the accelerating pace of technology and why law enforcement needs to evolve. A video of the presentation that more than 2,000 attendees from around the country watched is above. We encourage you to think about your agency’s technology roadmap and share this with anyone who can help your agency avoid becoming a dinosaur. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or are interested in learning about how TASER is addressing these challenges.



And for those of you curious about what our booth—or the animatronic dinos—looked like, below is a short video that shows how everything came together. It will be hard to top, but the wheels are already turning for how we can go bigger next year. We hope to see you at IACP 2015!


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Police Forces From New Orleans, Norfolk, Savannah, and Miami Beach Choose TASER’s AXON and EVIDENCE.com Solution

Miami Beach First City to Outfit AXON Cameras on All Public Facing Employees Including Police, Code and Parking Enforcement and Building and Inspectors

In a press release today, TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR) announced multiple large orders of it’s AXON body-worn video cameras and EVIDENCE.com solution, a back-end digital evidence management system. These orders were received in the fourth quarter of 2014 and are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Significant orders were received from the following domestic agencies:

• Miami Beach Police Department (FL): 556 AXON body cameras for all public facing employees including police, code and parking enforcement, building inspectors and fire inspectors with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department (GA): 360 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Norfolk Police Department (VA): 310 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (FL): 279 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Ontario Police Department (CA): 227 AXON body cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• New Orleans Police Department (LA): 103 AXON body cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Gadsden Police Department (AL): 83 AXON body and flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office (KS): 73 AXON flex cameras
• Oxford Police Department (AL): 60 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Colonial Heights Police Department (VA): 42 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com
• Laurel Police Department (MS): 42 AXON body and flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Talladega Police Department (AL): 41 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Cullman Police Department (AL): 35 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan
• Cambridge Police Department (MD): 31 AXON flex cameras with five years of EVIDENCE.com and TASER Assurance Plan

TASER’s AXON cameras are small, yet highly visible, and can be attached securely to sunglasses, a cap, a shirt collar, or a head mount. They are powered by a pocketsize battery pack, which ensures recording capability during an entire shift. When recording, the cameras capture a wide-angle, full-color view of what an officer is facing. The video automatically uploads via a docking station to EVIDENCE.com, a cloud-based storage and management system, where it can be easily accessed for review. The video files stored online or on the AXON video camera are secure and cannot be tampered with.

EVIDENCE.com helps police capture, manage, and share their digital evidence without the complexity or cost of installing in-house servers. It enables greater transparency through seamless integration with the industry-leading AXON body-worn video cameras. EVIDENCE.com is the most secure, scalable, and cost-effective solution for managing all types of digital evidence. EVIDENCE.com automates the upload process to ensure security and integrity while keeping officers in the field rather than sitting at computers.

A year-long Cambridge University study conducted at the Rialto, CA Police Department investigated whether officers’ use of AXON flex cameras could bring measurable benefits to relations between police and civilians. The results showed an 88% reduction in citizen complaints and a 60% reduction in uses of force after implementation of TASER’s AXON flex cameras.

Panel Discussion: Technology and The Evolution of Public Safety

In the wake of incidents like Ferguson and Sandy Hook, how can cutting edge technology tools – from predictive policing, to background checks to body cameras – change the relationship between the police and the community, and create positive societal change? That was the topic debated by an all-star panel in the packed Surf Incubator event space on September 30th in Seattle. Seattle is home to some of the smartest and most passionate people in technology, public safety and citizen engagement. TASER’s Chief Marketing Officer Luke Larson was joined by Bret Taylor, CEO of Quip and former Facebook CTO; Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org; Dr. Larry Samuels, CEO of PredPol; and Zack Silk, political strategist and leader of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

The panel discussed the importance of pairing technology with our civic responsibility to build a better community. Panelists also answered questions about major social issues of the day that demand our attention, and what they think will best spur the continued growth, innovation and evolution of disruptive technologies that can improve community safety.

Police transparency and accountability lead the conversation, with a focus on the use of body cameras and video storage technologies.  In the wake of the Department of Justice issuing a statement in support of the use of body cameras and video technology, coupled with a new DOJ report showing evidence that both police and civilians behave better when they know there are cameras around, why haven’t body cameras been deployed in every police department already?

“Video technology is just a part of modernizing law enforcement.  Law enforcement has been underserved by technology due in part to unfamiliarity and skepticism by police officers themselves.  But that’s the past.  It’s clear today that video technology is necessary to maintain trust with the community,” said Taylor.

“We’ve learned a lot about best practices for law enforcement since the World Trade Organization (WTO) riots in Seattle in 1999, “commented Silk. “Video technology is now one of those best practices.”

Next came strategies for reducing gun violence. All agreed: appropriate background checks, access to data and sound research on gun violence is critical to the development of effective public policies to reduce firearm injuries and death.

“Another thing to consider is access to real-time data that informs and increases personal and neighborhood safety, so folks don’t feel the need for lethal weapons.  Obviously, TASER has lead on non-lethal alternatives for the police and public for years,” remarked Partovi.

Finally, what about the rise of cloud computing and cloud data stores, especially related to video? That has created a dramatic new set of data systems and tools with a multilayered dynamic approach to crime reduction, quality of life improvement, and resource management. Today data is used to geographically map crimes and identify problems in many jurisdictions around the country. Data is used to devise strategies and tactics to solve problems, reduce crime, and ultimately improve quality of life. But what do we really mean by using “big data” in public safety and how can we appropriately use data to keep our neighborhoods healthy and safe?

Larson closed the discussion by providing examples of how EVIDENCE.com’s sharing capabilities are utilized by law enforcement, policy makers, media and the public.  “We’ve seen how that makes a difference in many jurisdictions that we work with.”

You can watch the entire Tech Panel discussion here: http://embed.vidyard.com/share/wZtr1adKpiRegN3Ix0R-wQ

 

Fresno Police Department Expands Body-Worn Camera Program with Purchase of 100 Cameras from TASER

Joins Growing List of Major Cities Deploying EVIDENCE.com 

EVIDENCE.com, a business unit of TASER International (NASDAQ: TASR) today announced the order of 100 AXON body-worn video cameras by the Fresno Police Department. The order includes a five-year subscription to EVIDENCE.com as the backend digital evidence management system.

“We continue to see positive results from the TASER AXON cameras that our officers began wearing in September of last year,” says Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. “This technology from TASER and EVIDENCE.com has proven to be extremely effective and invaluable to our officers and the community through enhanced transparency.  I look forward to the day when every uniformed officer in Fresno PD is equipped with this technology,” concluded Chief Dyer.

“We’re thrilled to see that our AXON body-worn video cameras have a positive effect on police agencies and are ultimately making communities safer,” says Marcus Womack, General Manager of EVIDENCE.com. “The increase of data that comes along with using on-officer video makes cost-effective evidence management a challenge. We’re delighted to see that agencies, like Fresno, are putting their trust in EVIDENCE.com to securely store and manage their digital evidence.”

TASER’s AXON cameras are small, yet highly visible, and can be attached securely to sunglasses, a cap, a shirt collar, or a head mount. They are powered by a pocketsize battery pack which ensures recording capability during an entire shift. When recording, the cameras capture a wide-angle, full-color view of what an officer is facing. The video automatically uploads via a docking station to EVIDENCE.com, a cloud-based storage and management system, where it can be easily accessed for review. The video files stored online or on the AXON video camera are secure and cannot be tampered with.

EVIDENCE.com helps police capture, manage, and share their digital evidence without the complexity or cost of installing in-house servers. It enables greater transparency through seamless integration with the industry-leading AXON body-worn video cameras. EVIDENCE.com is the most secure, scalable, and cost-effective solution for managing all types of digital evidence. EVIDENCE.com automates the upload process to ensure security and integrity while keeping officers in the field rather than sitting at computers.

A year-long Cambridge University study conducted at the Rialto, CA Police Department investigated whether officers’ use of video cameras could bring measurable benefits to relations between police and civilians. The results showed an 88% reduction in citizen complaints and a 60% reduction in uses of force after implementation of TASER’s AXON flex cameras.

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About TASER International, Inc.

TASER International makes communities safer with innovative public safety technologies. Founded in 1993, TASER first transformed law enforcement with its electrical weapons. TASER continues to define smarter policing with its growing suite of technology solutions, including AXON body-worn video cameras and EVIDENCE.com, a secure digital evidence management platform. More than 128,850 lives and countless dollars have been saved with TASER’s products and services.

Learn more at www.TASER.com and www.EVIDENCE.com or by calling (800) 978-2737.

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Houston Police Department Completes Largest Upgrade to TASER X2 Smart Weapon

Canadian Agencies also Begin Upgrades to TASER Smart Weapons

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., August 6, 2014 – TASER (NASDAQ: TASR) today announced multiple orders of its TASER® brand next generation Smart Weapons. These orders were received in and are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2014.

“This is an extraordinary day for TASER as the Houston Police Department’s  follow on order of 2,663 TASER X2 Smart Weapons now provides the entire patrol force with a total of 5,400 TASER X2s,” said Rick Smith, CEO of TASER. “Houston has long been a technology leader in law enforcement, and has been the largest municipal deployment of TASER technology over the past decade. Houston continues to lead the way in further enhancing the effectiveness and safety of their officers by upgrading to new TASER Smart Weapons.”

“In addition, it’s noteworthy that the Houston Police Department’s  placed the first order of Smart Weapons for Canada. We anticipate that this is the start of a widespread upgrade cycle for the aging fleet of TASER devices currently fielded across Canada,” concluded Smith.

“The Houston Police Department has had a long standing relationship with TASER,” stated Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. of the Houston Police Department. “In the last decade, TASER products have proven to be effective and high quality, and have greatly assisted our agency in reducing workers’ compensation claims as our officer injuries have decreased since deploying TASER devices. With its upgraded technologies and new safety enhancements, we expect the TASER X2 will be another quality product for us during the next five years and a great tool for reducing suspect and officer injuries in the field,” concluded McClelland.

Significant TASER Weapon orders:

  • Atlanta Police Department (GA): 74 TASER® X2™ Smart Weapons with TASER® Cam™ HD recorders
  • Cobb County Police Department (GA): 95 X2s
  • Connecticut Police Academy (CT): 75 X2s
  • Houston Police Department (TX): 2,663 X2s, upgrade
  • Lynchburg Police Department (VA): 178 TASER® X26P™ Smart Weapons with TASER Assurance Plan (TAP)
  •  Maui Police Department (HI): 60 X2s
  • New Braunfels Police Department (TX): 75 X2s
  • Maui Police Department (HI): 60 X2s
  • New Braunfels Police Department (TX): 75 X2s
  • Pleasanton Police Department (CA): 65 X26Ps, upgrade
  • Polk County Sheriff’s Office (FL): 75 X26Ps
  • Randolph Police Department (MA): 65 X26Ps
  • Sandy Springs Police Department (GA): 60 X2s
  • US Marshal’s Service Training Academy (GA): 130 X2Ps
  • Waco Police Department (TX): 70 X2s with TAP
  • Winnipeg Police Service (Canada): 236 X2s, upgrade

Additional agencies deploying TASER SMART Weapons:

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service – Pacific Region (OR ): X2s and X26Ps
  • Aiken County Sheriff’s Office (SC): X2s with TASER Cam HD recorders
  • Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Department (LA): X26Ps
  • Austell Police Department (GA): X26Ps with TASER Cam recorders
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (TX): X26Ps
  • Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (FL): X26Ps
  • Cibolo Police Department (TX): X2s
  • Cocopah Tribal Police Department (AZ): X2s
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (GA): X26Ps
  • Flagstaff Police Department (AZ): X2s
  • Frisco Police Department (TX): X26Ps
  • Glynn County Police Department (GA): X2s, upgrade
  • Harris County Constable Precinct 1 (TX): X26Ps
  • Hull Police Department (MA): X2s with TAP
  • Hutchinson Police Department (KS): X26Ps with TAP
  • Jacksonville Beach Police Department Police Officer Reserve Program (FL): X26Ps
  • Leominster Police Department (MA): X26Ps
  • Logan County Sheriff’s Department (WV): X2s with TAP
  • Lone Tree Police Department (CO): X26Ps
  • Louisville Police Department (KY): X2sManteca Police Department (CA): X26Ps
  • Marlborough Police Department (MA): X2s
  • Milford Police Department (MA): X2s with TAP
  • Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department (SD): X2s
  • Montebello Police Department (CA): X26Ps, upgrade
  • Mustang Police Department (OK): X2s with TAP, upgrade
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office (NY): X2s
  • Pleasanton Police Department (CA): X26Ps, upgrade
  • Richmond Police Department (VA): X26Ps
  • Saint Peter Police Department (MN): X26P with TAP, upgrade
  • Seat Pleasant Police Department (MD): X2s with TAP
  • Seattle Police Department (WA): X2s
  • Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (GA): X26Ps
  • Springfield Police Department (IL): X2s, upgrade
  • Saint Charles Parish Sheriff’s Department (LA): X26Ps
  • Sturbridge Police Department (MA): X26Ps with TAP
  • Sweetwater County Detention (WY): X2s with TASER Cam HD recorders
  • Warren Police Department (PA): X26Ps, upgrade
  • Willis Police Department (TX): X26Ps, upgrade
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI): X26Ps
  • Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office (IA): X26Ps with TAP, upgrade
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