Editor’s Note: Many thanks to our friends at TASER International for equipping me with the TASER AXON Flex body-worn video camera and Evidence.com digital evidence management solution for secure video storage and retrieval.
During IACP 2012, I was moving at high speed across the trade show floor when I spun around in a full 180, backtracked a step, and came to an abrupt stop. It was as if I had walked right through a set of deployed Stop Sticks.
I spoke with Len Bettendorf, founder of End-X Systems, about the invention he hopes will help keep officers safer when attempting to end high-speed pursuits. Bettendorf’s patent-pending PT1100 enables officers to deploy Stop Sticks from within their squad car, potentially preventing incalculable peril for patrol. The PT1100 allows officers to deploy three Stop Sticks into the roadway — at different distances so that more than a full lane is covered in one deployment— from the safety of the driver’s seat.
This is a product that — in my humble opinion — has the potential to be a game changer for patrol officers attempting to safely stop high-speed pursuits.
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Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. In addition to his editorial and managerial responsibilities, Doug has authored more than 700 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association. He is also a member of the Public Safety Writers Association, and is a two-time (2011 and 2012) Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" Finalist in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column. Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.
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