Seeing Crooks Through My Dog’s Eyes

Seeing crooks through my dogs eyes

As leader of a high-risk entry team, I always found it a little daunting not knowing what was on the other side of the door I was about to breach. Were there armed suspects waiting to shoot it out with police? Were there small children that would be in harm’s way? Was it a trap…a set up? Would we have to shoot someone? Yes, it could definitely be an unnerving experience.

The same was true when I worked with my canine partner. Sending him into a building or wooded area to locate a dangerous criminal created a level of anxiety that was similar to how I felt when I sent my daughter off to kindergarten for the first time. It wasn’t a good feeling (sending the dog – the story of my daughter going off to school is a topic for another day), and I recall thinking, “If only I could see what he sees.”

Well, thanks to technology, officers are able to see what’s on the other side of the door. They’re also able to see exactly what Rover’s seeing. And, they’ll see it in real time.

For example, this dog-mounted camera works extremely well, even in low-light situations. It uses an enhanced infrared technology that not only records images, it also sends them back to the handler and his/her team.

To see what’s beyond the door, all the officer needs to do is slide an under-the-door camera through the space between the bottom of the door and the floor. (I won’t mention that the officer has his automatic weapon pointed at his partner’s head).

The device uses a variety of prisms and mirrors to send a wide-view image of the interior back to the monitor.

The video gun sight features an infrared point of impact locator which provides maximum accuracy…pinpoint accuracy.


* Tactical Electronics images

Want to learn more about tactical entry? Well, the Writers’ Police Academy is the place for you! We have some of the best instructors in the business. Lt. Randy Shepherd will be teaching the in’s and out’s of serving high-risk search warrants. Lt. Shepherd is also a renowned marksman and police sniper.

We’ve just added a wonderful search and rescue team to the lineup, and they’ll be conducting an exciting demo on Friday.

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!

Sisters in Crime will pay most of your registration fee!

Sisters in Crime members can attend the Writers’ Police Academy, to be held Sept. 23 to 25, 2011 near Greensboro, North Carolina, for a deeply-discounted registration fee of $100. SinC national will pay the balance of members’ $255 registration.

Act quickly to take advantage of this offer, which is in effect until June 15, 2011.

If you’re not a Sisters in Crime member, you can sign up for a SinC membership to receive the discount. The annual membership fee for a SinC professional membership is $40.