Cost Effective Law Enforcement Aerial Patrol

While many of our law enforcement officers will make a major stand in regards to flying helicopters and the versatility of the helicopter, for many law enforcement agencies there are far more cost effective options available to perform many of the same mission roles as a helicopter.

Starting with the helicopter it does offer vertical takeoff and decent as well as hover capability. Hover capability is vital for performing officer insertion or extraction in confined areas where landing is not normally practical. Hover capability is also critical for life rescue work.

We now enter into an area that may turn a few heads. How often and how needed are these capabilities for your particular organization? Larger cities or metropolitan areas may in fact need all of the capabilities of a helicopter and may have the need even for a large helicopter for proper tactical deployment of personnel and or equipment. Now if an analytical approach to bang for the buck is applied to a majority of law enforcement missions, the actual number of times per year that these capabilities were utilized are most likely very low. For many cities not willing or by the private service of EMS helicopter operators, or the services of the Coast Guard, many EMS missions are not even covered by law enforcement agencies.

Large cities and metro departments can even benefit from a slightly mixed fleet of affordable aircraft and more expensive helicopters. With smaller cheaper aircraft to perform normal patrols and surveillance with the more mission – enhanced aircraft providing the special mission services it can offer.

Many law enforcement agencies not only in the United States but also across the world have made some very significant purchases in regards to new helicopters in the past few years. Aircraft such as the Eurocopter B2 and B3’s as well as Bell 206 L4 and 407 helicopters. Agencies have been replacing older aircraft with high component and or high airframe times with newer aircraft with more performance and the ability to safely carry the many mission support tools needed for airborne law enforcement.

Agencies have been able to find ways to procure new aircraft but very often the maintenance and repair area after the initial purchase is overlooked. Right along with this oversight is the increased operational costs and possible increase in insurance costs associated with the new purchase. A typical scenario seen across the industry is when an aircraft enters a major inspection is that the money needed to repair or replace the inspection items is often not available or was not budgeted for in the maintenance operating budget. This can be an administrative short-sight, an agency with a fixed maintenance budget, inaccurate information on DOC’s (Direct Operating Costs) as the area in which you operate may have more atmospheric contaminates to cause corrosion that were not taken into account at the time of purchase. Another possibility can be the hours that were actually flown exceeded the planned hours for the budget, this brings those time life items to an earlier calendar time than previously planned.

Now where to get approval for the unplanned expenses or if planned and the actual costs are higher than estimated? Since the budgets are tight many agencies have had to keep aircraft grounded until such time that funds are allocated, and the aircraft components repaired to get the aircraft back in the air. Consequently, have had some aircraft become the dreaded hanger queen for months while awaiting funding. This not only makes the unit less efficient but also sets the stage for the same scenario for the following year as other aircraft now bear the burden of additional flight hours from the previously mentioned grounded ship now carrying its fair share of the flight hour program.

The unit supervisor may be suddenly faced with some rather humbling data to provide the supervising police staff or civilian officials in regards to budget.

Operationally, there are some options available, be it for a small town or the large law enforcement unit. A quick look at actual mission roles and calls will normally reveal that calls responded to only required an aircraft to have slow circular flight capability and that hover capability was in fact not needed. A check with your pilots will also reveal a safety reason for doing orbits rather than hover. Hovering burns more fuel, the pilot is also in a vulnerable position in regards to performance (high torque, high EGT, or other operational parameters), and it is also a very vulnerable position if the engine or some other component decides to fail at this critical time.

For helicopters to effectively enter into an autorotative state there has to be enough potential energy available to become a successful maneuver. The pilot requires two things to perform this critical skill, altitude and or forward speed. Forward speed and altitude are the sources of our potential energy which induce the rotational forces needed to safely perform autorotation. Since most police work is performed at low altitude the safe pilot will keep the aircraft moving forward in the event that an autorotation should have to be performed.

A gyroplane is in a constant state of autorotation and in the event to make an emergency landing, the pilot simply maintains airspeed to sustain autorotation and perform the landing approach to touchdown.

Options that make a lot of sense from a budget point of view are, helicopters that can be operated for patrol use at a far cheaper rate than our mission specialized aircraft. This does not necessarily mean the aircraft is not capable of many of the same missions. Since the growth of the UAV market, many systems used for these aircraft are the same systems required for law enforcement use. These systems have become quite lightweight and compact in size. Another option is to use another aircraft that is still a rotorcraft but can operate far more efficiently than the helicopter in many of the same mission roles- the gyroplane. I would like to direct your attention to what Ken Wallis has performed in both testing and actual missions roles with his gyroplanes. Pilots may frown on this move but they are your pilots and expected to fly as your pilots. Naturally training will be required but their job is to fly. The same holds true for the mechanics that may raise a fit about working on a small gyroplane. It is the ability to perform the mission that is their responsibility and management’s responsibility to the community to provide effective law enforcement capability but it shouldn’t come at too great of a burden to the taxpayer.

With these thoughts in mind as well as privatized law enforcement roles for gyroplanes Groen Brothers has recently released their newest gyroplane model. The Sparrowhawk III is designed for the use in homeland security roles, private law enforcement / security as well a normal law enforcement roles. The affectivity of light gyroplanes was been validated time and again from Ken Wallis and his use of specialized equipment to perform cadaver searches to port surveys for Saudi Arabia. Not too long ago the German government entered into testing of gyroplanes in a law enforcement role but not much feedback to the rest of the law enforcement community has surfaced from these tests.

If there is any indication of the value of the operational advantages of the gyroplane as simple look at the Sikorsky demonstrator and test vehicle X-2, a coaxial hybrid with a large pusher propeller located at the tail. For pilots and mechanic that simply are not informed of the aircraft type resistance to change can be accepted. Once they understand that the probable future of law enforcement aviation is most likely going to be an aircraft of similar design as the X-2, then the benefits of gyroplane technology will come to be appreciated.

Sticker shock of continuing maintenance costs after the initial purchase of a helicopter has left many agencies and local governments shaking their heads at the high costs they most likely never thought they would encounter. There are economical options; helicopters operations in most agencies began with small simple reciprocating powered helicopters. The purchase of former military helicopters showed the potential of turbine powered law enforcement helicopters but the added budgetary costs of newer aircraft and the tightening of local government purse strings has even lead to the loss of some law enforcement airborne units all-together. I am sure that any of those pilots would rather be flying and performing their law enforcement role than to be grounded or without a job. The modern gyroplane is no tinker toy and for any that approach the aircraft with as much of an attitude they will quickly get themselves into trouble. Like any other aircraft it does have operational parameters for safe flight and only flies like a gyroplane, not like an airplane and not like a helicopter, it is its’ own unique form of aerial transportation.

The gyroplane also provides as good of an observation platform as any helicopter and much of the associated vibrations found with helicopters is not as pronounced in gyroplanes putting less vibration on fragile equipment such as radios and navigation equipment. This means lighter equipment can replace bulkier equipment.

In regards to the dreaded airworthiness directives that can quickly down a fleet of helicopters the combined use of gyroplanes can still keep a unit effective and performing law enforcement aerial duties at a fraction of the cost. Inclusive to gyroplane maintenance costs is they typically have far fewer time life components to replace, inspect or overhaul further reducing the operational dollars needed to support the unit’s mission. Fuel being of concern of late can also be brought under a manageable budget with many aircraft using premium auto fuel in place of expensive Avgas or jet fuel.

So before a unit decides it can no longer provide the needed support to ground officers or provide valuable service to the community by closing the hanger doors. The unit may want to explore the possibilities of using a platform that quite simply provides more bang for the buck than the helicopter to perform many of the same missions.

Outsourcing Law Enforcement Transcription

As long as law enforcement agencies have been dealing with recorded audio and video, there’s been a need for law enforcement transcription. Despite advancements in technology, those pieces of audio and video that are entered into evidence or as part of an investigation still need to be transcribed for reasons of documentation and clarity.

The responsibility for transcription has commonly fallen on the shoulders of those professionals that require the work; law enforcement agencies, attorneys, public defenders, prosecutors, security companies, and others.

Unfortunately, over time the caseloads for law enforcement agencies have increased while there has been no increase (and sometimes a decrease) in personnel to manage the work and influx of forensic transcription.

Budget cuts have made it virtually impossible for many law enforcement agencies to bring on additional staff to assist with the translation and transcription, creating a nightmare of labor costs for many divisions.

Security Concerns

The possibility of outsourcing forensic transcription is one that is routinely discussed in many agencies, but many have reservations about utilizing outsourced services, particularly when delicate evidence in audio and video is concerned.

In the past many agencies were wary about sending out hardcopies of audio and video to be handled by a law enforcement transcription company when considering the potential of that content becoming “lost” or corrupted.

Likewise, the more hands an item passed through, the greater the chance of the material becoming damaged or leaked – especially to the media. These security concerns have encouraged a number of agencies to retain the transcription and translation work in house.

As technology has advanced however, new and far safer methods make it extremely simple to get the necessary content to a transcription service; Audio and video content can be uploaded to a secured server managed by the transcription service.

This secure upload makes it easy to monitor and maintain who has custody of the content because it passes easily from point A (the law enforcement agency that requires the transcription) to point B (the transcription service).

Reeling Budget Considerations

With the economical upset across the nation, many law enforcement agencies have suffered severe budget cuts that cost them both personnel and equipment. As such, it’s been extremely difficult for many of those agencies to justify paying an additional cost for outsourcing forensic transcription.

For many transcription services, it is common to charge by the line or by the page. Unfortunately it’s often very difficult to determine how many pages an interview will leave you with once it’s transcribed. There is another option that can make budgeting easier for law enforcement agencies, and that’s to opt for transcription services that charge by the minute.

That means if an agency needs transcription for a 46 minute interview – whether in audio or video format – then the agency is charged for 46 minutes.

The Real Benefit of Outsourcing Law Enforcement Transcription

The real problem facing law enforcement agencies, and any agency involved in the criminal justice system that is subject to strict budgets, is that in-house transcription takes up a tremendous amount of time and man power to complete.

Many agencies oppose outsourced transcription services because they fear the cost, as mentioned previously, but they don’t consider the actual cost of keeping that transcription in-house. Their intention is to save money by keeping transcription in-house but unfortunately that decision is costing some agencies a great deal of money.

*Salaries/Wages
Paid to those employees, secretaries, etc. who are required to transcribe the data – sometimes in the form of overtime depending on the case load.

*Management Expenses
Transcriptions typically need to be reviewed for accuracy and tracked to ensure that they are being completed in a timely manner. This can take time away from those in positions of authority within the department or agency.

*Cost of Information Technology
The cost of purchasing and maintaining software and hardware plus the training of employees and personnel to utilize the equipment for audio and video transcription

*Overflow and Delay Costs
There are inevitable times when delays occur which can pose significant problems to law enforcement cases where a deadline is concerned. Often the overflow and delayed material winds up in the hands of an outsourced company. Due to a looming deadline and thus a rapid turnaround requirement, the cost for such a service is often higher.

A Viable Alternative

Forensic and law enforcement transcription & translation outsourcing have become one of the primary ways that many agencies are finding budget relief. With skilled outsourcing to a service that employs trained forensic transcriptionists, law enforcement agencies gain a number of benefits:

*Reduced man hours of on-site personnel
*Elimination of the need to hire additional personnel to meet demands
*Improved quality of the transcribed content
*Reduced delays in transcription (rapid turnaround)

Outsourcing of forensic transcription means that far more agencies will be able to put their personnel where they belong – focusing on the agency’s primary responsibilities. With skilled outsourcing, law enforcement agencies, security companies, and so-on can trim costs because they are able to get transcripts completed on time, thus meeting the demand of an increased case load without the need to hire more staff or force current staff to burn the candle at both ends.

The new age of digital transcription via the web has given law enforcement agencies, public defenders offices, security companies, and others a means of maintaining the security of their data as it’s being passed off to trained forensic transcriptionists, and a rapid turnaround on those pressing cases that need to be handled quickly.

Trace a Cell Phone Number – Use a Similar Database That is Used by Law Enforcement Agencies!

Way back when, trying to gain access to a cell phone number was not an easy task to accomplish. Cell phone numbers are not only considered to be a confidential piece of information, but with a cellular phone plan you pay for your set number of minutes. Because of this, tracing a mobile telephone number is difficult to do because you can’t look the number up in the local white pages or call your telephone company to get the number. However, the times have changed in today’s world. And thanks to the wonderful World Wide Web, tracing a cellular phone number is easier than most people think.

Thanks to today’s world of advanced technology, tracing a cell number is fairly cheap and quick. All it involves is getting on your computer and doing a reverse lookup search. While getting on a website such as white pages is okay, the website only deals with landline and business phone numbers. If you’re going to trace a cell phone number, it is best to go with a company that specifies 99% of all telephone numbers from landline phone numbers to cell phone numbers to pager numbers.

By going through these types of companies, you will be charged to search the database. The reason you are being charged is because the mobile phone companies charge the reverse lookup companies to get access and get into their private files. While you may think that paying money to get a cell phone trace is silly, think about your peace of mind when all is said and done. Some companies will give you an unlimited search on phone numbers for an entire year, if you are willing to pay just a little extra.

In order to do the cell phone reversal search, you will need the whole, entire number – which is your area code and telephone number. After a few seconds you will be able to see if the number you’re searching for is available on the website. If your phone number is not available to you, then you will not be charged. These cellular number searches also give the person’s name, address, and mobile carrier (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Alltel, etc.)

Tracing any kind of phone number have come a long way since years past. We now can find out information about people that was only known by law enforcement. Whatever your case may be for wanting to trace a cell phone number- whether you’re being stalking or bothered with prank calls- tracing a cell phone number can bring many advantages and peace of mind.

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Soft Body Armor – Procurement Responsibility of Law Enforcement Agencies

It was found that police executives rarely prioritize the procurement of soft body armor probably because of the notion that wearing one can be tiring and uncomfortable. Body armor used to be heavy and bulky which is very distractive while on the job especially to police enforcers. Gladly in 1960’s, Du Pont scientist discovered a new fiber called Kevlar. However during that time it was not given much attention neglecting to recognize the potential of this material to bring a lot of changes in the improvement of protective gear especially in the police community.

The National Institute of Justice together with the US army developed a prototype using this new fiber. The prototype underwent various testing and was proven to be effective. It was first proven in action during a robbery in Seattle last December 23, 1975 wherein retired police Officer Raymond Johnson was shot by .38 caliber bullets. He was shot in the chest twice and one in his hand. After that miraculous survival, more than 3000 officers seek to wear ballistic vest. Consequently, they were also able to experience the same benefits.

Nonetheless, despite the benefits and promising efficiency of bullet proof vest towards projectiles not all are convinced to wear such protection. The reason being, bullet resistant vest is too expensive, uncomfortable, hot, and ultimately limiting the wearer’s ease of mobility.

Good thing, soft body armor is now using lightweight materials. These materials brought the advent of thinner and lighter bullet proof vests which are now favorably worn by many, providing the same protection as that of the bulky and heavy types of vests worn by militaries.

In order to keep the resistance capacity of a vest functional, each gear is categorized according to the different levels of protection which NIJ has set. Those who may need more protection may get higher levels while others who require minimal protection may choose the lighter ones. The standardization of the level of protection benefited each individuals or organization in promoting uniformity and the provision of accurate ballistic vest to organizations or agencies.

To encourage law enforcement officers to procure ballistic vest, IACP and DuPont entered into a partnership in 1987 geared towards promoting the importance of wearing bullet proof vest. This partnership aims to minimize law enforcement casualties and disabilities by encouraging them to wear one by providing solid and substantial documents of its effectiveness. Another is to recognize those individuals who were saved and have eluded life-threatening situations or possible disability in order to coax others of its advantages. Lastly, it is their objective to collect important data with regard to different incidents and surviving officers and how they were saved by the use of soft body armor.

NTSB, FAA, DHS, US Military, Law Enforcement Agencies and Civilian UAV Operators Collide

The use of UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is increasing at a rapid pace and some are worried about the future crowed skies. Recently, the NTSB make some comments, suggestions and a few recommendations, when a UAV crashed. The FAA is listening to these recommendations, as they have a responsibility to protect the flying public and those on the ground.

Obviously, no one is going to die inside a UAV if it crashes, as UAVs have no on-board pilots, but with wide-spread use there are chances of mid-air collisions, and when a UAV crashes there could be property damage, injuries of deaths on the ground, this is very serious. UAVs are being used for civilian operations, law enforcement, border patrol, coast guard and military. After investigating the UAV crash the NTSB compiled a report with 22-suggestions.

Amongst the suggestions were some interesting ideas such as installing a “blackbox” to help in the investigations. The FAA added some additional ideas such as to report all incidents and accidents. Recommendations sent to the Border Patrol for their operations included; having a back-up pilot available, face-to-face meeting with air-traffic control where the aircraft will be operated, safety program development, and that pilots be checked out in a comparable manned aircraft with proper ratings.

UAVs are hear to stay and part of our aviation community, in the future airliners will fly themselves, just like commuter trams drive themselves along rails. We need to be ready for this in the future and we must keep it safe. Consider this.

Personal Breathalyzer – The Last Hope of Law Enforcement Agencies

It has always been a dilemma for Law enforcement agencies to get rid of the problems and causes occurred due to alcoholism. The crimes and road accidents are increasing very rapidly and it is all because of the lust of booze and other related drinks. Moreover, our younger generation is under the deep influence of this bad habit because they do not know the awful outcomes of this carelessness. Moreover, people also do not pay proper attention on their BAC after getting drunk.

To stop all these issues that kills thousands of people per annum many governments and law enforcement authorities have tried their level best to implement certain rules and tests that every suspect have to take. The most important tests that are getting very popular in these days is the breathalyzer test that is performed by an alcohol tester.

Yes, personal breathalyzer has become the last hope of individuals and official agencies to get rid of harmful accidents and crimes. Thousands of people now prefer to buy an alcohol tester because this small gadget is quite efficient to detect the accurate BAC of human body without any time taking technique. All you need to determine your BAC after getting drunk is to use your breathalyzer and blow air in it. It is not that hard to use this small device because of the helping guide that comes along with it and its user friendly interface.

So, get rid of horrible accidents and crimes by purchasing a quality personal breathalyzer from the website mentioned below.

Federal Law Enforcement Agency Incorporates Kettlebell Training

I recently had the opportunity to interview three federal law enforcement agents about their personal and professional training with kettlebells. The agency is now part of the new Department of Homeland Security and their mission requires that they maintain a high level of fitness. Within the past year they have incorporated kettlebells into their physical training (PT) for both new recruits and the more seasoned tactical operators. One of the agents works in the Special Operations Training Section and is a former tactical operator, one works as a Fitness Director for new agent recruits, and the other is also a former operator from a tactical assault team. Each was Russian Kettlebell Challenge TM certified by Pavel at their training facility. I chose these three agents because they each have individual goals and participate in different sports and activities. Each one has a different body type and uses a different weight training style.

Kettlebells are a Russian Old School training device that looks like a cannonball with a handle on it. They were traditionally used by the Russian Special Forces and Olympians. They are currently being used by some U.S. special forces, federal law enforcement agencies and SWAT teams. Kettlebells can be used for weight training, flexibility, and to increase strength and cardiovascular endurance. It is great for increasing core strength which produces sound tactical performance, increased speed and agility.

BACKGROUNDS

Special Agent (SA) Carl:

Vital Stats:

Age – 36

Height – 6’0″

Weight – 200

He played college football on scholarship for four years and competed in three drug-free bodybuilding contests. Currently he competes in the Police Olympics, which consist of swimming, a 5K run, a 100m sprint, throwing a shot put, the rope climb, and the bench press. Personally he is training for an adventure race, which consists of mountain biking, canoeing, and a run.

Special Agent (SA) Eddie:

Vital Stats:

Age – 39

Height -5’9″

Weight – 175

He played professional baseball from 1987-1990. Personally he trains for running, baseball, and softball.

Special Agent (SA) Ron:

Vital Stats

Age – 38

Height – 5’11”

Weight – 235

He also played college football and has been a student of Martial Arts for 30 years. He has his black belt in four disciplines, Kodokan Tai-Jitsu, Shotokan Karate, Sumo Jiu-Jitsu, and Kenka Aikijitsu. Personally he trains because he always has. It is a lifestyle.

KETTLEBELL TRAINING

SA Carl: He includes kettlebells in some form in every workout. He combines kettlebells with traditional weight lifting. He starts all weight lifting workouts with kettlebell swings for a warm up. He combines kettlebells with barbell squats and lunges for the legs. For shoulders he does various kettlebell presses using the 2-pood for as many reps as he can and then switches to the 1.5-pood. He really likes Turkish Get-Ups and Windmills for shoulders because of their full range of motion. He keeps his reps low with Turkish Get-Ups and Windmills, usually only 5 reps. On the days he works his chest he uses the 2-pood for weighted dips. For the back he does Renegade Rows and weighted pullups with the 1.5-pood. Depending on how he feels at the end of a workout he will do a few sets of snatches or jump shrugs.

SA Carl also does 2-3 days of ‘USDOE Man Maker’ workouts a week. His Man Maker workouts consist of 6-8 rounds of 20 Snatches with the 1.5-pood and a quarter mile run. Another way he uses the Man Maker is 20 Snatches, then 3 minutes on a heavy bag, 20 Hand-to-Hand passes, then 3 minutes on the heavy bag, Cleans with each arm, then 3 more minutes on the heavy bag.

SA Carl was very skeptical about kettlebells at first. But now he has experienced personally the benefits of kettlebell lifting. He doesn’t train with kettlebells only but expects that one day he will.

SA Eddie: Wishes he had known about kettlebells when he was playing professional baseball. He thinks kettlebells are great for baseball players because of the shoulder strengthening. He says he has gained endurance for running from his kettlebell training. He works out twice a week. The exercises he uses are Two-Arm Swings, One-Arm Swings, Turkish Get-Ups, and Snatches.

SA Ron: He uses kettlebells as a supplement to his traditional powerlifting workout. About 40% of his workout involves kettlebells now. His basic heavy powerlifting workout consists of squats with 650 pounds, bench presses with 405, and power cleans with 225. During a 10-day workout cycle he will work out with kettlebells 4 days. He mainly uses Cleans, Snatches, and Military Presses for kettlebell workouts. He has a high rep day with the 1.5-pood and a low rep day with the 2- and 2.5-pood. He hasn’t had his Bulldog (an 88lb. Kettlebell) long but he really likes it. He also incorporates kettlebell lifts like Snatches and Military Presses into his runs which last 60 to 90 minutes. He also runs for 20 minutes at a moderate pace and then does snatches or Military Presses. Some days he does sprints with Snatches and Military Presses.

FAVORITE KETTLEBELL EXERCISE

SA Carl: Snatches

SA Eddie: Turkish Get-Ups

SA Ron: Integrating kettlebells into his long runs

PERSONAL RESULTS FROM KETTLEBELL TRAINING

SA Carl: He decreased his time in the 1.5-mile run. Part of the conditioning test for this law enforcement agency’s tactical operator training consists of pullups, pushups, situps, and the 1.5-mile run. SA Carl’s time decreased to less than 8 minutes in the run for the first time. He attributes his success to the Man Maker with kettlebells.

SA Eddie: His kettlebell training keeps his hamstrings strong for running. Because kettlebells also engage the hip flexors it makes him a more powerful runner. Improved running endurance is another benefit. Turkish Get-Ups have strengthened his legs and helped with coordination for baseball.

SA Ron: He immediately saw the benefits from lifting with kettlebells. It has enhanced his other lifts. He says he is a better lifter in squats and power cleans. His kettlebell workouts have given him the power to get through sticking points during the squat. Kettlebells have also enhanced his Martial Arts by improving his throwing and striking techniques. The basic hip ballistic movement forward (as performed with swings, snatches, and cleans) has a correlation to an increase in rotational velocity and acceleration of the hips while performing martial arts throwing techniques. An increase in rotational velocity and acceleration permits the thrower to generate more force (force = mass x acceleration, F=ma) and more momentum (momentum = mass multiplied by velocity, p=mv). He says the bottom line is that anyone who can generate more momentum and force has more essential components that make him/her a better martial artist. Kettlebells are essential building blocks for force and momentum generation beyond what normal weight training affords. There is also a balance component involved with ballistic kettlebell exercises. Kettlebells have forced him to develop good proficiency on his weaker side because kettlebells require you to work one side of your body and then the other. He says 70-80% of striking power comes from body mechanics and hip motion. His kettlebell workouts have improved both.

PROFESSIONAL BENEFITS USING KETTLEBELLS

SA Carl: The Special Operations Training Section is where SA Carl works. He trains the tactical units. Their training is focused on conditioning and stamina. These units incorporate kettlebells into everything now. Kettlebells have become the cornerstone of their physical training (PT) program. They use a lot of DOE Man Maker training in conjunction with other “skills” training.

Kettlebells have provided more job specific training for them. It is more fun for the operators and definitely more effective. In the past they have done a 4-5 mile run and then a firearms course. Now they use the Man Maker to make it more like a real world scenario. Simulating what might happen in the real world by requiring shorter runs and then a couple of kettlebell exercises followed by proficient use of firearms are a great addition in preparing the operators to be able to perform their function when called upon.

Examples of their Man Maker workouts are front squats and a run, snatches and a run. Then they may also low crawl in the woods, do pullups, dips, kettlebell cleans, the fireman’s carry, and a tactical firearms course.

They also now have a 10-minute snatch test on the first day of candidate selection to gage stamina and endurance. They have an award for the candidate who does the most snatches. The test rules are; do as many reps as you can in 10 minutes with the 1.5-pood. Candidates may switch hands whenever they want. They can even drop the kettlebell and catch their breath if they must. The test has been in effect for three classes now. SA Carl holds the record at 224. The top number in the first class was 172, in the second class 187 and the third class 192. They have disqualified only 2 candidates for poor form.

SA Eddie: He trains the basic new recruits. Their focus is cardio, agility, and core strength. Their workouts look like this. They work in circuits; each exercise is performed for one minute with a partner with a one-minute rest in between. He blows a whistle and they switch exercises. The following is a sample of two of their workouts.

Workout #1

2-Arm Swings
1-Arm Swings

Turkish Get ups

One-legged squats

Military Presses, left and right

Snatches

Pullups

Front squats

Then they run 2 miles.

Workout #2

2-Arm Swings

Turkish Get ups

One-legged squats

Under Leg Pass

Snatches

Kettlebell pushups

Front squats

Squat Presses

Then they run 2 miles.

They chose these drills for two reasons; overall conditioning and ease of instruction. They only get a short period of time for PT and using kettlebells provides the most intense workout for the amount of time they have to train. The instructors find it easier to control every aspect of their workouts as opposed to just turning them loose in a weight room. He says they all seem to like working out with kettlebells.

SA Ron: Laughs as he says he is able to carry a whole bunch of computers now. Obviously he now has a desk job. But when he travels for work by car he takes his kettlebells with him. It saves him the time of trying to find a gym when he gets to his destination and he gets a great workout.

As you can see, these guys keep themselves in great shape. Not just for professional reasons but to obtain personal goals as well. It is always fascinating to me to see the benefits kettlebells provide all types of people. It was even more exciting to hear first hand from people I’ve met and trained with. The fact that they all have different body types, goals and lifting styles made writing this article especially enjoyable and informative.

It seems the Kettlebell rage continues as more and more people discover how it can benefit their life, health, fitness, and operational skill level. So, another agency and its elite special operations unit has joined the ranks of the growing number of tactical operators both civilian and military using kettlebells in their PT programs. I am told they often put their kettlebells in their operational vehicle prior to loading them on an aircraft to go on assignment. That is dedication. As I stated in a prior article, dedication and heart are key in kettlebell training.

Thermal Infrared Goggles Can Benefit Law Enforcement Agencies

Whenever there is a war in any country, the nation is able to sleep well only because the law enforcement agencies protect us from the enemies. The law enforcement agencies, especially the military has to go through a lot of problems during the war mainly during the night time. Thanks to the thermal infrared night goggles that they have lessened the burden of the military at nighttime. The thermal infrared goggles provide huge benefits to the various law enforcement agencies. Some of these benefits are discussed below:

They provide them night vision: There is no doubt that the military soldiers have to stay awake at night and protect any miscreant activity at night time from the enemy. The thermal night infrared binoculars provide them night vision that in turn helps them to track every movement of the enemy even in the darkest surroundings. This prevents them from falling prey to any kind of attack from the enemy at night.

They provide an aerial view: Law enforcement agencies such as the air force have to conduct aerial surveys on a regular basis at wartime. Many times they have to keep a watch on the enemy’s position and their movements. The thermal infrared goggles aid them in this process and they are able to conduct a good aerial survey even in the dark. The thermal goggles detect the life forms with the help of the thermal energy and leave out the cooler elements such as trees. This feature of the infrared goggles helps the air force personnel to keep a watch on the movements of enemies in areas such as forests.

They benefit the naval officers: The thermal infrared binoculars provide huge benefits to the navy. With the help of thermal infrared goggles, the navy personnel can easily spot a person swimming in the water at night. This mostly happens because of the ability of the goggles to detect the warm elements such as human beings clearly than the cooler elements such as the sea or water. This helps to prevent any kind of ambush attack from the enemy and they are able to protect the coastline in a better manner.

Due to the benefits that the thermal goggles provide, they have become quite popular among the law enforcement agencies. Today, governments of all the countries are equipping the personnel of their law enforcement agencies with thermal infrared goggles to gain the protective advantage.

Why the Integrated Ballistic Identification System is Beneficial to Law Enforcement Agencies

Prior to December of 1999 the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) had no way of communicating with one another regarding ballistic evidence found at crime scenes. The FBI was utilizing a system called Drugfire while the ATF were using the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS). Determining if a bullet casing found at the scene of a crime was linked to any other crimes required sending the actual evidence between these two systems in order to determine any connections.

In 1997, the FBI and the ATF decided to develop a system that was compatible so that all firearms information would be available to both agencies. Both the FBI and the ATF, with the FBI being in charge of the communications network and the ATF assuming command of field operations, would manage the system, called the National Integrated Ballistic Identification System.

This System allows for bullets to be scanned into the system with a machine called the IBIS Trax, this machine takes 2-D images of a bullet casing and produces within the Identification System as a 3-D object, allowing two objects to be compared together on the screen. If a hit is made, then the comparison is verified physically by the agent or officer in charge with the actual evidence and a microscope.

The National Integrated Ballistic Identification System is divided amongst 16 regions and is physically located at two hundred and twenty two sites across the Untied States. This is used by law enforcement agencies across the country for purposes of identifying bullet casings from crime scenes. The Integrated Ballistic Identification System has allowed law enforcement agencies to communicate via one system without losing site of their evidence and also allows them to better solve cases and find connections between cases.

While not every law enforcement agency has such a system on-site, there are now enough of these around the country for the law enforcement agency to find a location in close vicinity in which to compare their evidence.

There is no doubt that an Integrated Ballistic Identification System is a benefit to law enforcement agencies everywhere, however without the National Integrated Ballistic Identification System these systems would stand alone and much of what has been accomplished over the last nine years would not have been possible without it. It is a small wonder that law enforcement agencies across the country are requesting that such systems be installed in their facilities as well.

Intelligence Led Policing – New Technology for Law Enforcement Agencies

Intelligence led policing takes advantage of the new data mining technologies available and marries those technologies to the street knowledge that had been gathered in the past by the cop walking the beat. Rather than relevant information being limited to a few, data mining techniques allow critical information to be collected from your whole jurisdiction and analyzed from a wide variety of perspectives to help you achieve your specific objectives. The benefit of this accumulation and concentration of data is efficiency on multiple levels.

Intelligence led policing takes over the sheer magnitude of sifting through tens of thousands of individual pieces of data relating to criminal activity. By automating data collection and analysis, less personnel are needed to do the “grunt” work of connecting the dots. All relevant data that has been entered into the system is available for your inspection, no files left in a filing cabinet in the basement somewhere. Data can be rapidly analyzed from different scenarios and perspectives. Data is presented in visual format which allows you to see patterns more easily in large collections of data. Moreover, this real-time data can be sent directly to mobile phones for in-car computers to alert officers of potential threats or impending dangers in specific geographic areas. Essentially, this predictive policing technology is at work to give decision-makers the ability to see where the most needed resources are in a community and to apply the necessary officers to that region.

You save money and make best use of resources with intelligence led policing because you can pinpoint more specifically the areas that need increased attention. Another best use of resources is that your database contains profiles of who does what types of crimes, allowing you to focus your initial investigations on the most likely suspects. Detecting crime trends earlier allows you to address them sooner and reduce the adverse impacts they have on your community. Being able to look at all the components of crime, such as time of day, weather, location and type of crime, allows you correlate patterns of activity and anticipate possible future combination of those factors to anticipate criminal activity. What if you could sift through tips looking for patterns? Maybe a crime has twelve different vehicles described by various tips, but looking at all the tips, you could more easily and quickly see what the predominant vehicle description was, with a higher probability of being correct.

Partnering with a business intelligence expert gives you access to consultants trained to work holistically, instead of using a “one size fits all” approach, on a law enforcement solution that is right for your department. Many law enforcement agencies, especially the large ones, have greatly benefited their communities and their entire department by using business intelligence tools to reduce costs and increase neighborhood and officer safety.