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Law Enforcement Product News Announces CT-30 Kit Uprade

Law Enforcement Product News’ July/August issue features a write-up about the upgrade of the CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit to the CT-40 Contraband Team Detection Kit. 

Law Enforcement Product News is a 32-page digital magazine which is an affiliate of Officer.com. It features articles about the tools and equipment that law enforcement agents use on a regular basis, as well as other related information that officers will find useful. 

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) released the CT-40 Contraband Team Detection Kit in February 2014 as an upgrade to the previous CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit which had been in use by most of law enforcement and governmental agents across the United States. Among equipment included in the CT-30 kit are the Buster K910B density meter, the FV-Series Articulated Fiberscope, and the PN-Series Inspection Probe Kit.

The CT-40 kit contains most of the same equipment as in the CT-30, only it replaces the Buster K910B and with the updated version of the Buster, the Buster K910G; and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System which replaces the FV-Series Articulated Fiberscope. 

CSECO takes heed of the law enforcement agents’ needs carefully and puts what they hear into practice. When the company heard that officers would like a visual inspection tool that was more user-friendly and safe, the CSECO team immediately went to work. The collaboration resulted to the Perfect Vison V20 Videoscope Inspection System. It features the latest technology and is the first videoscope to be certified “safe” by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for use in hazardous areas such as gasoline fuel systems and tanks.

The Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has some of the features of the FV Series Fiberscope – such as the thin and flexible articulating shaft with a fuel-resistant tungsten coating, the powerful LED lighting built into the shaft, and long-lasting rechargeable batteries to ensure continuous inspections. But the difference is that the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope has a 5-inch, multi-directional color LCD screen which enables for one-unit operation – no need for bothersome attachments that officers would use with a fiberscope.

The large display also allows the officer to see images clearly without losing visual awareness of his surroundings. Another concern that the officers felt towards the FV-Series Fiberscope was that they tended to lose visibility to their immediate surroundings because they had to keep their head down squinting through the fiberscope’s eyepiece during the inspection – something which, the officers felt, was a safety concern. The Perfect Vision V20 videoscope’s large LCD display enables the officers to keep their heads up so that they can be aware of what’s happening around them. 

The Perfect Vision V20 videoscope’s LCD display also features the push-button dimming and digital zoom that provides 10 times higher than the resolution of the leading fiberscopes – which means that the videoscope offers clearer views and more vivid colors. These factors result in images that provide more detail which allows the officers to confirm the presence of contraband during the inspection on-the-spot, rather than having to for wait the inspection to be over and then review it on the videotape. It also has digital photo and video capability which means no need for camera attachments.

The most important feature that Perfect Vision V20 videoscope provides is that it guarantees safety. It is now certified “safe” by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the world leader in product safety, which attests that the equipment has met the UL safety requirements.  

The safety feature in the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is CSECO’s response in addressing the officer’s safety issues. CSECO president Tony Harris indicated that CSECO worked closely with the UL to make sure that the equipment is safe to use even in high-risk areas such as fuel tanks. He further added: “We want our users to feel confident they can use the videoscope as they always have their fiberscopes.” At the time of the original publication, no other visual inspection tool had received such safety certification other than the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope, and CSECO is undoubtedly proud of this achievement.

Damaune Journey, CSECO’s Director of Global Business Development, had something to say about the newest update on the CT-30 kit, “The CT-40 will provide everything officers have come to love about the CT-30, and then some. If you found the fiberscope useful just wait until you use the Perfect Vision Videoscope.”

The Buster K910G, on the other hand, is the latest iteration of the Buster K910B. The Buster K910G still retains the features of the K910B, including the low-intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector to quickly scan vehicles or areas suspected of carrying contraband. The Buster K910G, like the old version, is designed in a way that it enables the user to determine whether a contraband is hidden in a standard vehicle within five minutes, or an average-sized room within 10 minutes. 

Just like the K910B, the K910G still can detect contraband hidden in various kinds of materials such as wood, metal, reinforced plastic, and even dirt. This scanning capability will never be achieved by other contraband detectors using radio wave, microwave, millimeter wave and ultraviolet wave. You can also count on the Buster K910G as it can detect and locate many kinds of hidden contraband: narcotics, illegal drugs, currency, weapons and explosives.

The Buster K910G still has the RAD-Aware radiation detection technology that enables first responders to establish safety borders to protect himself and other people from the imminent dangers of radiation leaks such as from dirty bombs.

What has changed in the K910G is that it is now made even safer. All lead-based components have now been removed, and the radioactive source is 25% less than that of any other density meters. It proves that the Buster is now the safest density meter ever on the market! 

If you loved the CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, you will love the CT-40 Contraband Detection Team Kit even more with the addition of the updated Buster K910G and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope!

CSECO Contraband Detectors for Successful Contraband Detection

Searching for, inspecting, detecting, and seizing narcotics and contraband are the tasks of law enforcement agents assigned to combat illegal drugs and smuggling. That’s why need they need reliable tools to carry out their job. Thankfully, there’s Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) to rely on.

CSECO has been the leading name in the contraband detection equipment in the United States since the 1980s. Its maiden product, the Buster K910B Density Meter, was the product by company founder Patrick J. Campbell, with substantial input from a group of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.

Since its launch, the Buster K910B had been made as an essential item for every law enforcement body — for CBP agents that check vehicles that pass the border, for the police, and for security agents that patrol the airports, ship ports, and other public areas. Because of its accuracy and dependability, the Buster had been hailed as the “gold standard” in contraband detection.

Despite receiving such accolades, CSECO knew they could make the Buster better. The result is the Buster K910G, the updated version of the much-beloved Buster K910B.

Like its predecessor, the Buster K910G emits a low-intensity gamma radiation and uses a scintillation detector. This technology enables the users to scan suspected items of various materials (like wood, rubber, reinforced plastic, concrete, metal, and dirt) as well as detect several kinds of hidden contraband (narcotics, drugs, money, weapons, explosives, and jewelry).

This very technology that the Buster uses also facilitates inspections — it is fast but at the same time accurate. It can complete an inspection on an average vehicle within 5 minutes and an average-sized room can be scanned within 10 minutes. The Buster also picks up four readings per second and uses the “backscatter radiation” technology, where the low-intensity gamma beams “bounce off” of the suspected items and reflect back to the device. The higher the density that the Buster detects from the suspected object, the higher level of gamma rays that will beam back to the device.

And not only that, the Buster K910G includes RAD-Aware technology which can detect abnormal quantities of radioactivity. It enables first responders to set up safety areas to bring other inspectors as well as civilians far from the dangerous effects of radioactivity as possible.

The Buster K910G is also the first density meter with no lead-based components! It also has a 7.5 micro curie source, which is at least 25% smaller than the competing density meters. This makes inspections safer than ever.

To really help confirm what the Buster has detected, use the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System. While it works like a fiberscope in many ways, the Perfect Vision’s superior features will outdo even the world’s leading fiberscope. Its most prominent feature is its 5-inch multi-directional high resolution color LCD monitor which is equipped with a push-button dimming and digital zoom which provides 10 times the resolution compared to that of a fiberscope. With its large display, officers won’t need to squint in an eyepiece which could make them lose visibility on their immediate surroundings. Not having to look in the eyepiece also reduces eye fatigue.

Its 2mx6mm shaft is protected with a tungsten coating, and has a two-way articulation and a potent LED lighting. The shaft can be poked or inserted into inaccessible areas for the Buster to reach.

Since the Videoscope is a one-piece tool, there’s no need for some cumbersome attachments like cables and wires. It also has an SD card slot for external storage which can save up to 8,000 photos or six hours of video evidence. Without the use of tiny glass fibers that are present in fiberscopes, the Perfect Vision is less prone to breakage and thus minimizes the need for costly repairs.

Many manufacturers claim that their fiberscope or videoscope is safe, but CSECO’s Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope is the first visual inspection tool which is certified safe by the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the trusted and leading name in product safety. This makes the Perfect Vision absolutely safe to use in high-risk areas, including fuel tanks.

Whether they’re used alone or together, both the Buster K910G Density Meter and the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System from CSECO prove to be efficient, accurate, durable, and absolutely safe to use. These tools in your arsenal are guaranteed to bring successful contraband detection.

Tony Harris, Purdue University 2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Receives Honorary Doctorate

Tony Harris, Purdue University 2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, Receives Honorary DoctorateFor those interested in pursuing a career in engineering, Purdue University has an excellent engineering department. Every year, the University honors prior graduates of their College of Engineering. During graduation in May, they honored this year’s recipient Tony Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO).

Harris began his affiliation with Purdue University as an undergraduate in the early 1970s. By 1975, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been recognized before for excellence in engineering by the university.

  • 1999 Outstanding Mechanical Engineer
  • 2008 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus

Harris graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979 with an MBA. It is easy to see that Harris has had an impact on the engineering industry based on these recognitions. Many minority engineering students see him as a role model both in the US and abroad.

As a child, Tony had similar interests as the children in his inner-city Chicago neighborhood. He showed an interest in sports, particularly basketball. He also enjoyed music, preferring Motown sounds and then favoring jazz. Originally, Harris planned to become an architect, but a conversation with a high school mentor convinced him to research engineering, partially because of the opportunities it afforded. Following this advice, Harris pursued and received an academic scholarship to Purdue University.

Harris excelled in engineering and helped found the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) prior to his graduation in 1975. Today, this organization is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country. It currently boasts over 30,000 members in 400 chapters. After he graduated, Harris went on to obtain an MBA. He has held positions at Ford Motor Company, Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation, and Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury where he was the CEO.

Other positions Harris has held include vice president of marketing at Calpine Corporations, vice president of marketing and sales for California’s Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), vice president of national account services PG&E’s Energy Services division, and Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc.’s vice president.

Harris purchased Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company in 2007. The Alameda, California company manufactures contraband detectors like the ‘Buster K910’ density meter. This one tool, developed with US Customs and Border Protection agents in the early 1980s, is able to detect ‘dirty’ bombs or other explosives components as well as contraband including cash, weapons and illegal drugs. Domestic and international law enforcement agencies, as well the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, and US State Department have successfully used contraband detection equipment manufactured by CSECO.

Harris expects Purdue University to continue to play a large part in his life professionally. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the NSBE where he is able to promote minority engineers. Besides being honored as the 2013 Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, Harris has also recently accepted a request to serve on Purdue University’s Strategic Advisory Council.

The Fiberscope as Contraband Detection Equipment

The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope used for contraband detection

The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope is used for contraband detection each day by law enforcement agencies across the United States. As part of the CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, the Fiberscope is a vital tool for locating hidden contraband.

The FV-Series Fiberscope by CSECO is one of the items that come with the CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit by CSECO. It consists of a flexible tool with a fiber optic light that allows vision into small areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. An optional digital recording device can be added that will allow items that are discovered to be documented. Some areas that can be accessed with the fiberscope include fuel tanks, car doors, below seats, under dashboards, inside ductwork, and more.

There are not small, detachable parts to the one-piece Fiberscope. The built-in battery is rechargeable, and it has a built-in LED light. Its two-way articulation allows visibility in all directions, and its one-hand operation makes it easy to operate. The optional digital camera can capture still pictures or video, and images can be reviewed immediately, making it an excellent tool for contraband detection.

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Explosives and Contraband Detection

The Buster contraband detection is used to scan vehicles including tires

The Buster K910 Density Meter is considered by many law enforcement officers and US Customs and Border Patrol agents to be the ‘gold standard’ in contraband detection.

When there is a concern about possible explosives, contraband detection equipment can be used to discover them and the devices can be properly defused and disposed. Many times, seconds count in situations where explosives may be present. You might think about movies, where the hero defuses the bomb at the very last second of the countdown – while that rarely happens in real life, the threat can still be real, and preventing damage and death is a priority.

The “gold standard” product available to handle this niche is the Buster K910B Density Meter by CSECO. It has been used for over 30 years for contraband detection and has been proven to be the safest option. It is effective and dependable, as well as easy to use.

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CSECO’s CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit Praised by the Mato Grosso Integrated Management Office

The CSECO CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit is a complete kit for detecting hidden contraband

The CT-30 Contraband Detection Kit includes everything law enforcement officials need: Buster contraband detector and density meter, FV Series Fiberscope and more.

The Integrated Management Office (IMO) of Bolivia’s largest state, Mato Grosso, tested CSECO’s CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit. For about six weeks in April and May, they used the kit, and then returned a report. Quotes below are from their official report.

The CSECO Buster Contraband Detection Kit, they said, is “very useful for inspections which require speed without room for error in a maximum of five minutes for the parts of the vehicle to be inspected.” They also found it helpful to accomplish this “without having to disassemble anything in places where materials of contraband are found.” By contraband, they are referring to such things as weapons, money, illegal electronics, or illegal narcotics. A reflector light included in the display allows for use at night, making the results clearly visible, they continued.

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