Friday, January 11, 2013

Beyond Everyday Police Equipment

When the risks are high and hazardous situations threaten life, property and safety, what do you need? You need a specialized team of highly trained men and women with hi-tech equipment to appropriately respond. Overland Park’s S.W.A.T team is ready to respond whenever extreme circumstances arise. The team regularly trains with some of the most sophisticated equipment available today. The goal is to successfully resolve dangerous operations as safely as possible.

The most visible piece of S.W.A.T equipment is the Ballistically Engineered Armored Rescue vehicle (B.E.A.R). The B.E.A.R is made by Lenco and is equipped with a blast fragmentation resistant floor, specially designed gun ports, a roof hatch with a rotating turret, run flat tires, gear storage and much more. It weighs more than 17 tons, is 11 feet tall and 26 feet long. It has multiple uses but is primarily used to transport the S.W.A.T. team into close proximity of the threat without placing the Officers in undue danger. The B.E.A.R. is a highly secure vehicle. S.W.A.T. Sgt. Ryan Miller commented, “When you are inside the B.E.A.R. you are in the safest place in Overland Park.” The B.E.A.R is used by S.W.A.T. teams around the world and was recently credited with saving the lives of two Officers in Pittsburg, PA., when fired upon by a suspect with a rifle.

Another specialized and highly useful piece of equipment the S.W.A.T. team has is Remington’s Eye Ball Camera. It is used in tactical operations where members of the S.W.A.T. team need to see the situation before entering a building, floor or room. It can quickly be attached to a pole providing visibility into ceilings and attics or can be attached to a lowering wire, allowing the officer to safely clear stairwells. The Eye Ball Camera is about the size of a baseball, has the ability to rotate 360 degrees, and remotely sends the captured images back to a hand held 6.4 inch T.V. screen.

These are just two of the frequently used pieces of extraordinary equipment the S.W.A.T. team uses on a tactical operation. Both the B.E.A.R. and the Eye Ball Camera are designed to limit the risk of injury to both Officers and suspects. They are invaluable tools for enabling the Overland Park S.W.A.T. team to fulfill its commitment to ending high risk situations as quickly and safely as possible.