PRO­TECT & SERVE

TO EN­HANCE PUB­LIC & MO­TOR OF­FI­CER SAFETY, A SOUTH­ERN CAL­I­FOR­NIA AGENCY IS SPORT­ING NEW RAPID DE­PLOY­ABLE AR­MOR

Tactical World - - Contents - STORY BY DOUG JEF­FREY, PHO­TOS BY GUS ALONZO

As we all know far too well, ac­tive shoot­ers seem to be part of so­ci­ety right now. That’s one great rea­son U.S. Ar­mor de­vel­oped some in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy. By Doug Jef­frey

“To pro­tect and to serve.” That fa­mil­iar slo­gan is seen on law en­force­ment cars in more than one city. Now that U.S. Ar­mor has in­tro­duced new Rapid De­ploy­able Shields for a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia law en­force­ment agency, the words take on a whole new mean­ing, which you’re about to read all about. David Miller is the Di­rec­tor of Engi­neer­ing for U.S. Ar­mor.

Hav­ing spent 21 years in law en­force­ment, the 56-year-old knows the field. Com­bined with his 12 years in bal­lis­tic engi­neer­ing, Miller was the per­fect go-to source when the Re­dondo Beach Po­lice De­part­ment (South­ern Cal­i­for­nia) con­tacted U.S. Ar­mor with an idea to bol­ster the pro­tec­tion for its mo­tor of­fi­cers.

In the fol­low­ing story, Miller, who has been with U.S. Ar­mor for four years, de­scribes the process and the prod­uct, which pro­tects and serves its of­fi­cers and the pub­lic.

TAC­TI­CAL WORLD: WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THESE NEW SHIELDS? DAVID MILLER: We are call­ing them Rapid De­ploy­able Shields, ei­ther hard or soft. They can ei­ther be pur­chased to­gether or in­di­vid­u­ally in ei­ther a sin­gle carry bag or a combo bag.

TW: ARE THESE STRICTLY FOR LE? MILLER: We only sell to law en­force­ment, mil­i­tary, gov­ern­ment agen­cies or se­cu­rity peo­ple.

TW: WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE? MILLER: These shields were de­signed to be used in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, where a shield is needed to pro­vide an of­fi­cer with emer­gency pro­tec­tion. They store in a smaller space like your ve­hi­cle’s trunk or a mo­tor unit’s sad­dle bag. They are not de­signed to take the place of a tac­ti­cal en­try shield, but they can be de­ployed in an emer­gency in which you need emer­gency pro­tec­tion.

The hard shield folds down into an ap­prox­i­mate size of 11 x 14 x 2 inches and opens to 11 x 36 inches.

The soft shield folds down to mea­sure ap­prox­i­mately 11 x 14 x 4 inches and opens to 33 x 42 inches. The shield has four carry han­dles and can be used as an emer­gency lit­ter.

TW: HOW LONG WERE THEY IN DE­VEL­OP­MENT? MILLER: Both shields were de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with the Re­dondo

Po­lice De­part­ment’s re­quest and were based on their needs with the Africa Twin Mo­tor­cy­cle project. Af­ter­ward, we saw their po­ten­tial where they fill the needs of other of­fi­cer safety re­quire­ments in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. Their over­all de­vel­op­ment time was ap­prox­i­mately 180 days.

“… WE SAW THEIR PO­TEN­TIAL WHERE THEY FILL THE NEEDS OF OTHER OF­FI­CER SAFETY NEEDS IN EMER­GENCY SIT­U­A­TIONS.”

TW: FROM WHAT MA­TE­RIAL ARE THEY MADE? MILLER: The hard shield is made from pressed Honey­well Ad­vanced Spec­tra ma­te­rial. The soft shield is made the same de­sign as our XLT3A (bal­lis­tic IIIA NIJ 0101.05) vest.

TW: WHAT TYPE OF [SPE­CIFIC BAL­LIS­TIC] PRO­TEC­TION DO THEY PRO­VIDE? MILLER: Both shields pro­vide Level IIIA pro­tec­tion.

TW: IN FIVE YEARS, WILL THERE BE AN­OTHER VER­SION OF THESE? IF SO, HOW WILL THEY BE DIF­FER­ENT? MILLER: As with all bal­lis­tic prod­ucts, ad­di­tional test­ing and up­dat­ing will be con­ducted as needed and or/as re­quested.

TW: WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY­THING? MILLER: These shields were de­vel­oped for use in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and are not de­signed to take the place of other tac­ti­cal shields.

Of­fi­cer Bill Turner demon­strates how a Rapid De­ploy­able Shield func­tions in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Above: Of­fi­cers store the shields in a mo­tor unit’s sad­dle bags.

Left: The shields can be used in mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios/ ap­pli­ca­tions, Turner noted, in­clud­ing as a “stretcher” for an in­jured per­son.

Above: Of­fi­cer Bill Turner demon­strates how one of the de­ploy­able shields of­fers pro­tec­tion.

Top: Of­fi­cer Turner de­ployed the shield on the bike and got into po­si­tion very quickly.

Bot­tom: Of­fi­cer Turner, who said he “loves the prod­ucts,” men­tioned that their weight off­sets each other, so they do not im­pact rid­ing or han­dling.

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