CMC Update: TTPOA in Dallas, Lower LE Pricing, New Buyboard Contract & New Products

FREE admission to TTPOA this week:
TTPOA (Texas Tactical Police Officers Association) is having their annual training conference this week in Dallas. The vendor exhibits are free for all law enforcement professionals with credentials. CMC will be there so come see us on Thursday, April 20th and Friday, April 21st from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. The conference and exhibits are at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport (Terminal C exit – on the east side of the main road).

New BuyBoard Contract:
CMC Government Supply was awarded a new 3 year BuyBoard contract effective April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2020. The new contract has hundreds of new brands of supplies and gear never before on the contract. Use this link to download the list of manufacturers and brands we have on the contract: http://buyboard.cmcgov.com

New Lower Pricing:
HK (Heckler & Koch) and Benelli have lowered their pricing on all LE models for Law Enforcement. This applies across the board to all agency and individual officer purchases. Agencies can now purchase a HK duty pistol for less that $500.00 and a Benelli LE shotgun for less than $350.00 or even less if you trade in your seized or old duty firearms.

New Products:
We are now authorized to sell law enforcement NIK and Narco Pouch drug test kits, SABRE LE pepper spray, Jersey Tactical disposable flex cuffs & Jersey Claw entry tools for patrol and active shooter entry, Armor Express patrol and tactical body armor, BLACKHAWK, Bushnell, Uncle Mikes, Burris, Savage Arms patrol rifles, Rock River LE rifles, United Shield ballistic helmets, shields, riot gear & EOD suits, Aimpoint optics, CTS flash bangs, Super Sock beanbag rounds and other 12ga, 37mm or 40mm less lethal munitions, Penn Arms multi launchers and many more new products.

Please remember us when evaluating your ongoing body armor contracts and requirements. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you with purchasing, set up a T&E or earn your business. We are always happy to come meet with you anytime.

Working with Local Law Enforcement to Share Data

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group’s (FRG) Video Datacasting Project transmits encrypted live video and data over existing broadcast television signals to a targeted audience within public safety. Users can download data in the field, improving interoperability at minimal cost and effort in the furtherance of public safety. This project is part of FRG’s ongoing efforts to ensure first responders have the tools, technologies, and knowledge they need to save lives and protect property while staying safe.

“Datacasting is a broadcasting mechanism capable of one-to-many content delivery which reduces congestion on public safety agencies’ networks,” said FRG Program Manager Cuong Luu. “This vastly impacts how video and data is currently shared by responders, providing better collaboration, and continuing to leverage current infrastructure costs of the public broadcast television stations.”

When broadcast television transitioned from analog to digital broadcast transmissions, it created the opportunity to allocate television spectrum in new ways. Datacasting takes advantage of a portion of the public broadcasting station’s bandwidth normally used for television programming, resulting in this technology being available to public safety at a very low cost.

Last year, FRG joined Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, SpectraRep, and several Public Broadcasting Service television stations in two successful pilots in Houston, Texas and in Chicago, Illinois. These pilots demonstrated the ability of datacasting to support public safety communications in an operational environment, expanded on current datacasting uses, and determined benefits and limitations.

During the pilot, recipients successfully received all transmissions including alerts, images, files, and live video streams. Participants touted the installation and operation of the system as user-friendly and asked to keep the systems after the pilot exercises concluded. One officer even described datacasting as “a potentially life-saving tool.”

“We have folks that are watching cameras 24-hours a day. So when something happens, they report to the officers what they are seeing. But something always gets lost in translation. The advantage to this is we can send video directly to the officers (and,) they can look at an image and know exactly what they are looking at,” said Chief of Staff for the University of Houston Police Department LT. Bret Collier.

The Houston pilot’s success was publically recognized among top innovators in the security industry as the Grand Platinum winner at the 2015 Secured Cities Exclusive Security Innovation Awards luncheon on November 12, 2015. The pilot was unanimously selected as the top overall security project of the year due to its unique scope and application.

With the completion of these pilots, after action reports with information on the capabilities and potential limitations of the technology have been produced. The Houston and Chicago reports are now available on firstreponder.gov.

FRG is working with Houston so they may keep the equipment in place and continue using it in their daily operations. FRG provides funding and equipment to partners so they can test and use this technology for their public safety needs, but does not collect or store any of the data.

S&T is currently looking to identify other potential public safety partners and pilot locations for 2016 to test additional capabilities. Interested responders should send an email to first.responder@hq.dhs.gov.