Officer Robert Bailey demonstrates new heat-sensing and thermal-imagining equipment received by the Bridgewater Police Department last week on a Homeland Security equipment grant.
By Theresa Knapp Enos
Posted Sep 15, 2008 @ 03:48 AM
Last update Sep 15, 2008 @ 08:48 AM
Bridgewater police get equipment from feds
The Bridgewater Police Department received new equipment last week through a Homeland Security grant that it says will help in the daily security of town residents.
The department was awarded a Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Equipment Grant for $25,000 through which they received a high-resolution thermal camera and night-vision camera system, and accessories such as a flexible 15-foot search pole on which the camera can be placed if need be.
The grant is not a cash grant but is for a piece of equipment (and associated training) from a list of items pre-selected by the federal government.
"The reason we chose (the EOMAX Wolf Pack system) was because it provided us with the most features that were applicable to our job description and our mission," said Lt. Christopher Delmonte of the Bridgewater Police Department. "We can use this in a confined space, tactical applications for remote viewing on a crisis site, also for hidden compartment search, suspect apprehension in the field, search and rescue in the field for a missing person."
"It helps us out immensely, it's a fantastic tool to have," says Officer Robert Bailey who was trained on the equipment last month on the equipment; he will soon train the remainder of the department. "It gives us the ability to get into areas that may not be safe enough for us to enter at that time."
According to the company's Web site , the grant program "was established to assist smaller communities in acquiring and using commercially available technologies to prevent, deter, and respond to terrorist attacks as identified in state homeland security strategies."
This equipment can also be used in everyday applications, said Delmonte, including vehicle searches of hidden compartments, drug hides, a confined space search, locating a suspect in the dark or in the woods.