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Law Enforcement/Public Safety StealthGearUSA showcases premium holsters and gear at NRA Annual Meeting AMERICAN FORK, UT – Like most ideas that begin with a need to fix everyday things in the garage, StealthGearUSA too was founded upon humble beginnings. In 2012 CEO and Founder Paul Laemmlen focused on the idea of creating the perfect holster as he was attempting to fix a poorly designed IWB holster, manufactured by a major U.S. company that had failed in a very public way. His leather holster failed, causing his sidearm to fall onto the floor of a busy retail establishment. Through hours and hours of studying other holsters and creating prototypes, Laemmlen developing the company’s first ventilated holster using its Ventcore® platform. Never one to sit back and not take action, Laemmlen began an exhaustive search for better options – nothing existed that met his exacting standards. Thus began his quest to craft a better holster. It would need to be built without moisturetrapping leather, with completely synthetic materials, ventilated, and padded for comfort. It would need to be lighter and tougher than other holsters on the market. It would be a holster that would give rock-solid confidence knowing it would always perform flawlessly and be so comfortable that it would be a pleasure to wear for everyday carry. Four years later, StealthGearUSA has grown from those humble beginnings to its current position as a highly sought-after manufacturer of highperformance holsters and gear that embodies the needs of the demanding user in the everyday carry (EDC) space. Since the company’s inception in 2012 with two employees, it has now experienced 400% growth each year and has more than 25 employees operating out of a nearly 10,000 square foot manufacturing and operations space. In 2016, StealthGearUSA will also open its first retail space (2,200 square feet) near their headquarters in American Fork, UT. At the 145th annual National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits May 20 – 22 in Louisville, KY , StealthGearUSA became a first-time exhibitor (booth #2741). During the massive three-day event at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 24 StealthGearUSA showcased the holster that put the company on the map – the SGUSA IWB Holster – and will debut the new IWB Mini-Holster, OWB Mag & Utility Carrier and the SGP-1R Tactical Flashlight. Each of the StealthGearUSA hand-crafted holsters are customized to fit the consumer’s personal handgun and are made with the company’s own Ventcore platform. Additionally, StealthGearUSA will unveil their new OWB Magazine & Utility Carrier and feature their wide-array of mag carrier and holster options that utilize patented Ventcore® and FLEX platforms and More on page 45

IACP, University of Cincinnati join forces to start $3.3M policing research center By Steve Bittenbender Editor, Government Security News Funded by a $3.3 million grant, the University of Cincinnati and the International Association of Chiefs of Police announced earlier this month they will create a new research institute aimed at protecting constituents and ensuring the fair treatment of those served by law enforcement. The two organizations received funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to establish the IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy, which will have staff housed at both the Ohio school and at IACP’s headquarters in Alexandria, VA. In its first three years, the center has goals of establishing and sharing a national policy for conducting research, starting at least three research efforts and translating researchers’ findings into recommendations for police chiefs. “The goal of the IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy is to provide a path for law enforcement and researchers to work together on evidence-based research studies that will drive future practices and policies,” said IACP President Terrence M. Cunningham, Chief of the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department. “Academic researchers often don’t have access to data police departments collect. Additionally, research does not provide actionable recommendations that can be easily translated into specific policies and practices that could enhance policing.” Dr. Robin S. Engel, the university’s vice president for safety and reform, will help lead the new initiative, which will bring together experienced researchers to identify law enforcement practices that both effective and reasonable. UC’s School of Criminal Justice is renowned for its research capabilities, and U.S. News & World Report considers the school as one of the top three criminal justice doctoral programs in the country. “The IACP/UC Center for Police Research and Policy will bring high-caliber academic researchers and police practitioners together to conduct cutting-edge research and share findings with law enforcement leaders around the world,” said Engel, who currently serves as a consultant for police departments in Cincinnati and Tulsa, OK and has served as a criminal justice researcher and educator for more than 17 years. “This innovative collaboration will enable us to develop evidence-based policies and practices that are focused on addressing critical policing issues, creating a ground-breaking model for police-academic partnerships.” The initiative comes less than a year after a white University of Cincinnati officer shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop that took place outside of the university’s campus. Investigators used the officer’s body camera foot- More on page 44 Dr. Robin S. Engel 25