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ICOP Digital Advocating Statewide Support of Proposed Florida Technology Fund Bill
Feb 19, 2008 (12:02 PM EST)
LENEXA, Kan., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ICOP Digital, Inc. , an industry-leading company engaged in advancing digital surveillance solutions, today announced its formal support of the Florida Technology Fund Bill, representing pending legislation in the State of Florida that provides for a $50 fine to be imposed, in addition to other related costs, fines and fees, on those charged and convicted of driving or boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol and/or driving or boating while in possession of controlled substances. In accordance with the proposed legislation, the collected $50 fine would be deposited into the Police Technology Trust Fund and subsequently disbursed to the local law enforcement agency responsible for originating the arrest, which would use the money to purchase advanced crime-fighting technology, including, but not limited to, digital in-car video systems.
The proposed legislation comprises two linked bills, HB 155 - Police Technology Fee and HB 157 - Police Technology Trust Fund. Originally envisioned by Chief Ed Nathanson, Chief of Police, Lady Lake Police Department, the bills have been sponsored in the State House by Representative Hugh H. Gibson, III (R) and are expected to go to the floor in March. If passed by the House and Florida Senate and signed by the Governor, the Bills will become effective on October 1, 2008.
"This legislation represents a win-win for everyone, except, of course, for those convicted - and rightly so. It seems only fair and logical that convicted offenders, not just tax payers, help pay for crime-fighting technology that can materially enhance the impact and effectiveness of local law enforcement. Moreover, we have proven in our county that police use of technology, such as digital in-car video, subsequently aids our prosecutors in achieving rapid convictions in court, thus saving even more tax payer dollars," stated Nathanson. "As a customer of ICOP Digital and as an enthusiastic advocate for empowering officers with leading edge technology such as the ICOP Model 20/20(R)-W, I am especially pleased to see that ICOP is taking the lead in helping us to win statewide support for this important legislation."
Dave Owen, Chairman and CEO of ICOP, stated, "Chief Nathanson's concept is smart and innovative. Aside from serving as a potentially significant source of new funding for local law enforcement agencies, it would also incentivize and reward those agencies and prosecutors who are diligent when cracking down on DUI and drug-related offenses in their communities."
"We'd like to welcome other technology leaders to join us in support of this important legislation, while also advocating other states to follow Florida's example and implement similar programs to support law enforcement," noted Owen.
About ICOP Digital, Inc.
ICOP Digital, Inc. operates on the core principle that 'without local security, there is no national security.' It endeavors to protect people, assets and profits for communities with innovative, mission- critical security, surveillance and communication solutions. The Company engineers, manufactures and markets mobile and stationary surveillance products for use in the public and private sectors, and facilitates the delivery of live video to first responders. (GSA Contractor)
The ICOP Model 20/20(R)-W, ICOP's flagship, award-winning product, is the leading digital in-car video recorder system for law enforcement. ICOP LIVE(TM) delivers live streaming video to and from first responder vehicles and headquarters, empowering first responders with enhanced real-time situational awareness and actionable intelligence, optimizing the outcome of a crisis. ICOP LIVE delivers live video wirelessly to first responders over any wireless network and to multiple internet enabled Windows(R) devices simultaneously. The ICOP Model 4000(TM), ICOP's newest advanced surveillance solution, is the next generation transit/rail DVR system. The ICOP Model 4000 uses less power than traditional DVR's, which means less heat and translates into a more reliable unit with less downtime. In addition, the ICOP Model 4000 boasts many advanced and innovative features and capabilities, such as wireless file uploading and wireless video streaming, among many others.
For more information, please view the following video presentations at http://www.icopdigital.com/why_icop.html www.ICOP.com/veil.html www.ICOP.com and , or visit .
For more information, contact: For Investor/Media Relations: Laura E. Owen, President and COO Elite Financial Communications Group/ 16801 West 116th Street Elite Media Group Lenexa, KS 66219 USA Dodi Handy, President and CEO Phone: (913) 338-5550 Phone: (407) 585-1080 Fax: (913) 312-0264 ICOP@efcg.net
CONTACT: Laura E. Owen, President and COO, ICOP Digital, Inc., Lowen@ICOP.com+1-913-338-5550, Fax: +1-913-312-0264, ; or Investor-MediaRelations, Dodi Handy, President and CEO, Elite Financial CommunicationsGroup-Elite Media Group, +1-407-585-1080,
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