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--- Deputy Troy Sella launches the SkySeer, an unmanned spy drone that weighs just four pounds.
LASD deputies toss a video camera camera
through a window during a training exercise.
Toss the two-pound Dragon Egg through through a window, and it will
transmit 360-degree 360-degree video images of its
surroundings to a handheld display up to 1,000 feet
away. Its four cameras are encased in a
shock-proof polymer casing.
In weapon mode, the Cobra flashlight
ejects a burning
stream of pepper spray.
A grill-mounted launcher shoots a GPS tag [inset] that sticks to a vehicle and tracks its location.
Los Angeles, car capital of the country, is notorious for its epic police chases. O.J.-style pursuits may make for exciting TV, but the fatality statistics are sobering: Police chases kill, on average, one Californian every week. Now the Virginia-based company StarChase has proposed a safer way to catch fast- moving crooks—shoot GPS homing devices like darts and stick them to the back of fleeing vehicles. Instead of a frantic pursuit, an officer eases off the chase and lets police headquarters track the suspect by computer. Police can then move in for a calmer arrest.
The StarChase system, which the Los Angeles Police Department will test this fall, consists of a laser-guided launcher and a miniaturized GPS tag complete with a radio transmitter and a blob of gummy adhesive. Once stuck to its target, the tag begins transmitting coordinates to a server through an encrypted cellular network. Computers superimpose the GPS data over a map that allows dispatchers to track the vehicle’s every move.
The LAPD trials will last five months. If all goes well, the department could purchase as many as 20 units by this time next year.
For serious crowd
control, the LASD helped design the TAC-700 Launcher, a non-lethal automatic
machine gun. The weapon relies on a high-pressure air bottle to fire 700 rounds
of pepper-spray pellets per minute, unleashing a cloud 200 feet away.
A portable radar system allows
deputies to see through walls. --->
The Magnetic Audio Device is like a
bullhorn on steroids. It can project a focused beam of crisp, undiluted sound
over a distance of two miles. Sheriff's Deputy Troy Sella (right) says the
portable version is perfect for car chases.
This strobe lamp, still in
pulses of intense
that cause temporary blindness. ---->
The LASD uses a device called the
ShotSpotter to pinpoint the origin
of gun blasts. Its network of acoustic
sensors [inset] listens for gunfire and then triangulates the shooter's
position by calculating how long
the sounds takes to reach each
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