The November/December 2015 edition is our annual SWAT/Tactical Ops issue.
Highlights from this issue include:
• Compact Weapon Mounted Lights for SWAT
• Close Quarter Rifle Tactics: Point Shooting
• The Basics of Selecting and Issuing Body-worn Cameras
• Transportation 2016 – the 18th annual report on the latest technical advances in police vehicles and aftermarket equipment
• Shooting the FNS™-9 Compact
• And Much More!
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to Host Officer Safety Webinar Sponsored by Laser Technology, Inc.
Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) and representatives from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) will be hosting a webinar on December 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM MST, 11:30 AM EST for law enforcement officers across the country. This webinar will provide techniques for how officers can enhance their visibility, minimize risks while making traffic stops and how to reduce fatal crashes involving officers. The organization will also provide resources for safety techniques from respondersafety.com and share important statistics every officer should know.
This webinar will have several guest speakers from various organizations including, Nick Breul, Director of the Officer Safety, Wellness and Research Division; Mike Keith, Project Manager, Officer Safety, Wellness and Research Division; and Craig Floyd, Chairman and CEO, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The NLEOMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the law enforcement officers in the United States. They wish to make it safer for those officers who currently serve and hope to inspire citizens to value law enforcement. In addition to their safety and recognition efforts, the NLEOMF built the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, a memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Serving as an informal advisory panel of leaders in the public safety industry, Respondersafety.com is committed to reducing deaths and injuries to America’s Emergency Responders. Government officials, managers, trainers and more come together to provide expertise, advice and educational classes on how to handle traffic accidents in the safest way possible.
All participants in this webinar will be entered to win safety gear. We hope you will join us on December 8th, 2015 at 9:30 AM MST so you and your department can learn the best techniques to ensure that you stay safe on the job.
Police and Security News is proud to be the Official Media Sponsor of the Police Security Expo
Rogue Drones Have Met Their Match
Battelle’s DroneDefender™ is the first portable, accurate, rapid use counterweapon to stop suspicious or hostile drones in flight, providing critical security protection at home and abroad.
The Battelle DroneDefender uses radio control frequency disruption technologies to safely stop drones in the air before they can pose a threat to military or civilian safety. The growing use and availability of commercially available drones – also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – is raising concerns among defense, security and law enforcement leaders.
DroneDefender is an inexpensive, easy to use, lightweight, point and shoot system with a demonstr
ated range of 400 meters. DroneDefender provides instant threat mitigation, quickly disrupting the drone so that no remote action, including detonation, can occur in sensitive areas. This minimizes drone damage and the risk to public safety.
This device has a cold start time of <0.1 seconds and an operating time of five continuous hours. It weighs less than ten pounds, depending on how it is configured.
The research team which developed the DroneDefender drew from their own extensive military backgrounds, as well as Battelle’s deep technology expertise and its 70 year history addressing complex Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) defense challenges.
Because it is designed to repel undesirable UAS attention without doing damage to the UAS, DroneDefender can be used stateside as well as abroad, with versions hardened for forward deployment in challenging environmental conditions. It can be either fixed or portable, with battery packs available to help protect any installation, mobile VIP or unit.
To view a brief video of how it works, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Zvpx9fFsM.
T4E: A Cost-effective Training Solution
One of many challenges facing law enforcement trainers is how to balance the proven benefits of increased interactive reality-based training against cost in a climate of stagnant or shrinking budgets. Weapon-based marking cartridges are expensive. Paintball or airsoft are limited in realism.
An emerging solution is Umarex Training For Engagement (T4E). T4E offers the TM-4 carbine and X50 pistol. They are engineered for law enforcement training use. Unlike weapon-based conversions, they are complete platforms which were never capable of firing lethal ammunition. They operate on 12 gram CO2 capsules and fire .43 caliber rubber, powder or paintball rounds. They fire at a velocity of 325 feet per second which, while felt, only requires eye and face protective gear for training, making them ideal for close quarters, force on force training. Due to their 1:1 ratio to a standard M4 rifle and P226 pistol, they accept the same external accessories used on duty. Being low impact nonguns, they can be used in places where real firearms would be barred.
The TM-4 carbine is engineered specifically for law enforcement training and is a complete platform, not an upper replacement for an actual weapon. It underwent three years of product testing and development to create a reliable, easy to maintain training rifle. It loads from a detachable box magazine which is reinforced to maintain the weight and feel of a loaded M4 magazine. The magazine holds the CO2 cylinder and will hold 13 powder or paintball markers or 15 rubber balls. For maintenance, the TM-4 comes with an additional bolt assembly to change after a recommended 3000 to 3500 rounds have been fired. Changing the bolt assembly and keeping the TM-4 clean and oiled ensures reliable function. Each TM-4 comes in a hard plastic case with one magazine and an additional bolt assembly.
The X50 pistol uses a nine shot magazine which fits in the butt of the grip and releases with a standard magazine release button. The slide feeds rounds through blowback action and locks open on an empty magazine. The pistol has a standard slide release and decock levers and takes down like the actual weapon. Proper lubricating and maintenance procedures will ensure against excessive seal wear. Each X50 pistol comes in a plastic hard case with one magazine.
The powder ball rounds offer a fine chalk dust for marking hits with minimal cleanup. The paintball rounds offer a darker, wet marking capability. Both clean up easily with an all-purpose cleaner and allow training in borrowed facilities without damage to property. The rubber ball rounds offer a greater range of accuracy and can be collected, cleaned and inspected for reuse, adding to the savings in the T4E platform. It requires three CO2 cylinders per 100 marker balls. Bought in 8000 round bulk packs, 8000 markers plus the CO2 to fire them all will cost about the same as 1000 rounds of weapon-based marker ammunition.
Umarex is committed to supporting law enforcement training with an expanding line of products. A new HK 416 in .43 caliber will be available in early 2016 followed by a line of additional handguns.
During a time when the Federal government is recommending that major police departments increase reality-based training, T4E offers the ability to “TRAIN MORE but SPEND LESS.”
For more information on T4E, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.T4Eguns.com.
How Tampa Bay Law Enforcement Officers Use Selfies to Solve Crimes and Connect with Communities
In the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, law enforcement officers are using social media for crime fighting purposes. Most recently, officers identified teenagers who broke into homes and stole jewelry and, subsequently, posted photos of it. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and even Periscope have given investigators a powerful new tool to combat crime and have also created a new, unfettered line of communication between police agencies and the communities they serve.
A copy of the full report can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ndj8nor.
TruPulse® Tactical: An Outstanding Laser Rangefinder for SWAT with Onboard Ballistics
Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) has recently announced the release of the TruPulse Tactical Laser RangeFinder (LRF). It replaces up to four devices to provide a quick and accurate ballistic solution for SWAT, sniper and spotter operations. The TruPulse Tactical LRF is pocket-sized, rugged and waterproof and offers seven power superior optics. The Tactical’s onboard measurement sensors eliminate the need to determine range, tilt, temperature and altitude with multiple devices – those values are automatically entered into a ballistic calculator. This measured environmental data is then combined with a user-specific weapon and cartridge combination to instantly calculate and display the custom ballistic holdover value right in the scope. Officers can select from the following holdover options: milliradians, minutes of angle, inches/centimeters and shoot to range or bullet drop compensator.
What makes the TruPulse Tactical unique is that an officer does not have to engage in lengthy measurement and calculation periods if they need to switch weapons. The laser’s onboard firmware provides instant access of to up to five custom weapon and cartridge profiles. SWAT team members carrying three different weapons can program the Tactical to contain all three for quick selection. The ballistic information about specific weapon and cartridge profiles can be entered manually or can be quickly uploaded using the Tactical Interface Software program. If an officer needs to make an adjustment to the profile in the field, they can manually enter the information in the unit. These field adjustments can be downloaded from the Tactical into a master library of weapon profiles with the interface software.
For more information about the TruPulse Tactical, visit http://www.lasertech.com/.