ACPO exhibition will showcase the latest policing technology

The latest products for the police and security sector will be showcased at the ACPO-APA International Policing Exhibition on June 25-26 at the newly-constructed Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.

Jun 19, 2008
By Paul Jacques
South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Lauren Poultney with Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest and OK9 Wellbeing dog Buddy with their Leadership award.

The latest products for the police and security sector will be showcased at the ACPO-APA International Policing Exhibition on June 25-26 at the newly-constructed Liverpool Arena and Convention Centre.

The exhibition will run alongside the ACPO-APA Summer Conference, a closed event for Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Association of Police Authorities (APA) members and senior Home Office officials, which takes place from June 24-26.

The theme of the Conference is ‘Policing a Complex World’, and the two-day exhibition reflects the increasingly global and sophisticated threats, challenges and demands faced by a modern police service in the 21st century.

The exhibition showcases the latest equipment and technology, either currently available or in the course of development, for the policing and security sector, from more than 150 exhibitors.

The most advanced surveillance technology will be on offer, including the UK launch of a wearable video recording device, ‘Vievu’, specifically designed for police use.

This new lightweight, wearable video recorder, records police activity from an officer’s perspective and aims to help with the reporting of incidents and to provide vital evidence for later use in court.

Pinnacle Response will be exhibiting Vievu on stand M2.

There will also be the latest development in law enforcement Internet tracking with a weatherproof ‘slap on’ tracking device to enable seamless vehicle tracking. Called ‘Rapid’, the Internet-based system is designed to enable law enforcement agencies to track vehicles remotely and unobtrusively and promises 100 per cent availability. Rapid will be demonstrated by Datong on Stand M24.

Other highlights will be the latest in police transport. The show will stage the first national viewing of the Merseyside region’s specialist Underwater Search and Marine Unit’s new boat, ‘Consortium’. The boat, which is for deployment across six force areas including Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Wales, is a converted Swift Trawler 42 and is the first one of its kind in the UK to be used by police.

Arguably the most technologically-advanced police car available will also be unveiled, which incorporates the latest advances in vehicle mobile data. The car is due to be rolled out across the entire police vehicle fleet, with specific models for all divisions, including traffic, armed response and dog sections.

A comprehensive seminar programme includes keynote speakers from Microsoft, the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA), Impact and ACPO Procurement.

Microsoft will be running a number of international police case studies covering topics from internal security and cyber intelligence to public safety and justice: case and records management.

Other speakers include Richard Earland, Chief Information Officer for the NPIA, who will be looking at police IT – a new model for engagement with suppliers, and Alistair Norman, researcher from AimTech Research Group at the University of Leeds, who will be focusing on ‘how to make better decisions…faster’, for those who are involved in, and looking to improve, command and control and briefing scenarios.

Also on display will be the next generation of mobile data solutions, with the NPIA’s mobile information programme pointing to a future of multi-bearer and multi-devices.

There will also be a host of new protective clothing, footwear and body armour.

To register, find out more information about seminars, and explore the full exhibitor list, visit the website www.acpo-apa.co.uk.

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