The 29th Annual Police Security Expo was held at the Atlantic City Convention Center from June 24 to 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and displayed some state-of-the-art police technology devices for officers to use in the field and for departments to help reduce crime numbers.
Mass amount of industry professionals in attendance
The annual event features many new devices on the market for police departments to invest in to help with crime control in their areas. According to NBC affiliate WMGM, there were more than 750 exhibits on display at the expo and thousands of local and out-of-state industry professionals were in attendance.
Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles said the devices can often make the difference between life and death while patrolling the streets, the source reported.
"If you are doing things the same way you were doing them 20 years ago, then you're way behind the times," Balles added, according to WMGM. "So if you can take advantage of some of the new technology, it lessens the load on the officers that you have."
Surveillance a hot topic at the expo
Richard Hailweil, vice president of Total Recall Corporation, said more police departments are increasingly looking to upgrade their citywide surveillance systems to help add eyes to areas where police simply cannot afford to keep bodies at all times, WMGM reported.
The trend of adding police surveillance capability is increasing, especially after the Boston Marathon bombings, during which police were able to capture the suspects on their newly installed video system, the source said.
In Fenton, Michigan, the Fenton Police Department recently spent $10,429 to upgrade their video surveillance system in the city, which will keep eyes on secluded areas such as parking garages and other high-crime areas, MLive reported.
Police relying more on the newest technology
Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro explained that their current system is more than 15 years old and uses a DVR recorder for surveying the city's streets. However, the police chief told MLive that the department was in a dire need of a technology upgrade to help crime control efforts in the city.
"The other thing is (with the new system) we'd be able to access that remotely," said Aro, according to MLive. "The cameras have better quality too."
Brian Ferry, spokesperson for Laser Technology Inc., explained that - more often than not - judges want clear evidence to convict someone, WMGM reported. Having the most up-to-date technology could help acquire such evidence.