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Law Enforcement/Public Safety Motorola Solutions transforms body-worn cameras for Tetra users AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – May 19, 2016 – At Critical Communications World 2016 (May 31 to June 2 in Amsterdam), Motorola Solutions announces a new combination of body-worn video camera, radio speaker and microphone, along with new, cloud-based, digital evidence management software, which is able to collaborate with TETRA digital two-way radios. The new “Smart Interface” (Si) Si500 Video Speaker Microphone (VSM) is reducing the number of devices that weigh down public safety officers in the field today, while CommandCentral Vault digital evidence management software is providing unparalleled efficiency that saves time and resources. Public safety agencies today face an increasing demand to capture, store, properly manage and share video evidence. While use of bodyworn cameras has widespread and growing acceptance with public safety agencies and the citizens they protect, the massive amounts of data cameras create needs to be managed and stored, oftentimes incurring significant costs. With its new solution, Motorola Solutions tackles all of these challenges and offers an end-to-end solution that can be used with existing TETRA radio equipment. Public safety agencies are provided with a seamless experience from video capture in the field to back office storage and content management that helps them simplify workflows and reduce administrative overheads. “In Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), TETRA digital radio technology has become a standard for mission-critical communications,” said Steven Young, vice president TETRA devices at Motorola Solutions. “This is why we have developed a body-worn video solution that collaborates with TETRA radios. The Si500 is transforming digital evidence management by integrating our best microphone into a body-worn camera and combining it with a content management 22 Si 500 VSM extends performance of Motorola Solutions Tetra digital two-way radios system that´s unmatched in its easeof-use.” Sight and Sound Simplified Both body-worn camera and remote radio speaker microphone, the compact Si500 VSM is a unique interface that extends the missioncritical performance of Motorola Solutions TETRA digital two-way radios. The lightweight compact design includes innovative features to meet the needs of first responders: • The Si500 VSM is equipped with a 210-degree range-of-motion camera lens that provides optimal fieldof-view and flexible wearing positions. Users can wear the VSM with the display facing in or out. • The Si500 VSM features a new adaptive audio engine that automatically adjusts audio settings based More on page 45

U.S. Attorney pays tribute to Ohio cops in honor of National Police Week by Benjamin C. Glassman Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio As the top federal law enforcement official for the southern half of Ohio, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great police officers over the years. They are impressive people doing impressive work. Sometimes I wish everyone had the opportunity that I have to get to know all of these officers personally. Police officers are public servants who are an integral part of our daily life. They catch criminals, find and return things that are lost, point the way when we ourselves get lost, and help the elderly and children alike cross the street. In other words, police officers serve; they protect; they listen; they teach. What distinguishes a police officer’s job from that of almost all other public servants, however, is that it requires the officer to put his or her very life on the line in the performance of duty. Policing is a difficult and honorable calling that bears tremendous responsibility. We ask our police 23 officers to run toward danger, rather than away from it, and once there, we ask them to use their best judgment in making split-second decisions. The Benjamin C. Glassman consequences of those decisions are an officer’s burden for life. To be sure, just because policing is honorable work does not mean that every single police officer is an honorable person. There are rogue police officers who abuse their powers and commit crimes—just as there are doctors and lawyers and teachers and priests who abuse their positions and commit crimes. It is precisely because policing is so important to the fabric of all of our lives that my office takes so seriously instances of police abuse. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has prosecuted corrupt police officers to the full extent of the law, and we will continue to do so. But those cases are very much the exception, not the rule. In my experience, at least 999 out of every 1,000 police officers discharge their duties professionally and honorably. Sometimes, I think, that rule is harder to see in today’s Internetsaturated culture. It’s so easy to see a video clip on the internet of a police officer somewhere misbehaving and form an opinion, perhaps even subconsciously, that police officers are really like that—even if, on reflection, the misbehaving officer in the video is in some jurisdiction hundreds of miles away that has absolutely no connection with the southern half of Ohio or any police officer you’ve ever met or will ever meet. The social dynamics of the internet, moreover, often seem to encourage taking sides as to everything. But policing is not something that’s amenable to taking sides because all of us want the same thing: safe communities in which order is maintained in an atmosphere of fairness and mutual respect. The police with whom I work in the Southern District of Ohio are doing tremendous work. They are seeking to be proactive instead of reactive. They are using data-driv- More on page 29