Homeland Security conference shows off crime-fighting gadgetry

NEW ORLEANS — Don’t be fooled by the long-winded title, the Technologies for Public Safety in Critical Incident Response convention taking place downtown this week is nothing short of a gadget convention for crime fighters. The three-day conference, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency, intends to show off all the latest technology for first responders in government public safety agencies. Roughly 80 exhibitors are showcasing a variety of solutions designed to help law enforcement officials better respond to emergencies ranging from terrorist attacks to natural disasters. Exhibitors are touting high-tech body armor, mapping devices, portable bullet-proof barriers, chemical sensors and more.

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