POLICE Magazine

DEC 2018

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PoliceMag.com 21 THE CONCERT ATTACK OCR's active shooter scenario was quite a production. e setting was an outdoor concert. During the scenario a bomb detonated under the stage, "killing" an emcee. e report of the explosion was still in our ears when a rifle-wielding gunman opened up on the crowd from the third story of a training building across the street and role players started to fall. Two SWAT teams from lo- cal Georgia agencies responded to the attack. ey breached into the building, and we watched on a large screen video display as the teams cleared the building floor by floor and neutralized the shooter. e scenario was over. But the presentation continued. OCR is not a typical law en- forcement training exercise. It's not really about the training and the tactics; it's about dem- onstrating the technology of Verizon, Nokia, and dozens of partner companies. After the demonstration ended at the active shooter sce- nario, the audience of public safety professionals and representatives from potential future partners of Verizon were given briefings on the tools used in the scenario. e scenario involved ShotSpotter technology to speed law enforcement response, aerial drones, robots, telemedicine solutions, lots of high-tech communications gear, facial recogni- tion kiosks, a throwable video camera, and Verizon's new Real- Time Response Center. e throwable tactical video camera from Bounce Imaging (www.bounceimaging.com) was one of the most interesting tools used by the scenario's law enforcement teams to locate, neutral- ize, and apprehend the gunman. e ball-shaped camera can be mounted on a pole or thrown into position. It was deployed in both ways during the scenario. Tactical officers used the pole camera to detect the location of the gunman and then threw the camera up to the third floor to track the gunman's movements as they ascended the stairs to engage him. Bounce Imaging says the camera has survived drops from high-flying drones onto con- crete, so it's plenty tough to survive a throw. Regardless of how it lands after being thrown the device can capture video in any direction, as it features six cameras. e cameras can send video by 4G LTE to a dedicated device or to a smartphone or tablet. Verizon's Real-Time Response Center was running on the video display that showed the officers in action within the gun- man's building. e system integrates multiple data sources such as 911 dispatch calls, crime databases, applicable video, and gunshot detection and displays it in one place to give in- cident commanders greater situational awareness so they can make better decisions. In addition to the Real-Time Response Center, Verizon dem- onstrated its Digital Evidence Management system, which al- lows the public to share video and images with law enforcement through a Web-based upload system. Another Verizon tool demonstrated during the active shooter scenario was the company's new gunshot detection product, which was produced in partnership with ShotSpotter (www. shotspotter.com). THE HURRICANE One of the more timely and topical scenarios at this year's OCR was the hurricane. is was conducted in an area of the Guard- ian Centers' training village where buildings are actually sub- merged in a manmade pond to simulate post-storm flooding in a neighborhood. During the hurricane scenario public safety personnel and Cajun Nav y volunteers used boats to rescue people off of the roofs of the flooded "homes." e first responders also cut into those roofs with chain saws, axes, and other tools to pull trapped role players out of the attics. Role players used the tactical responders' smoke screen to escape the attack. Officers found the gunman in the building using the Bounce Imaging camera on a pole.

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