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Quite a few procurement officers have absolutely no idea what the folks in the field really need when it comes to night vision. Nor do they understand the different uses of thermal imaging versus light amplification and when they should be deployed.
The Pierce County (Wash.) Sheriff's SWAT team got the initial call of a ranger down and a gunman on the loose in Mount Rainer National Park. Tactical officers borrowed snow shoes from park service personnel and followed the suspect's tracks through the snowy, rugged terrain.
K-9 teams are considered force multipliers. One K-9 team can do the work of many officers, which frees up officers for other duties. A K-9 team is an effective tool if its use is understood by those that call on them to support their operations.