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Rapid Prototype Aids Police
From invention to market

November 2008

Police officers, Allen Perez and Jeff Solomon, have invented Tact-Pad, a multi-functional pocket-sized product that incorporates six functions that officers need on the job. It includes a Pupilometer for drug and alcohol recognition, tactical mirror, license clip, accident reconstruction outlines and card holder on a metal backing that offers additional protection for officers.

Perez worked with the CACT @ Sierra College and the Manufacturers Assistance Program (MAP) to refine the design and produce rapid prototypes to show to prospective customers. Perez had studied at Sierra College and thought of the college as a resource when he became an inventor. “MAP turned my drawing into functional design and produced the prototype,” said Perez. “The prototype made it possible to effectively demonstrate how Tact-Pad works and is a product that clients can see, touch, feel and manipulate.”

Through the assistance of the MAP and Sierra College faculty member Steve Jung, Perez and Soloman were able to launch Tact-Pad and generate immediate enthusiasm from potential customers in the public safety market.  Perez gives glowing reviews to the support received and encouraged any inventors who need help to contact the college for more information.

For information about the Sierra College MAP, contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Director, CACT @ Sierra College at (916) 660-7801  or, or go to

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