Anthony Rogers, Editor
December 3, 2019
FORT WORTH — It’s a tool that will not work for all arrests in all
situations, police say. But in the right circumstances, the
BolaWrap can be a nonlethal and painless way to ensnare an
individual who in the past might have required police to use more drastic measures.
The BolaWrap is Kevlar cord ejected from a small device that will wrap around a suspect’s arms or legs and render the suspect temporarily incapable of free movement. SWAT officers used the tool during a barricaded person call at the Willow Glen Apartment complex, 1301 Sycamore School Road in south Fort Worth. A man with a shotgun was threatening to harm a woman and her mother. The SWAT officers deployed a quick evaporating chemical agent that forced the suspect outside the apartment, and once he was outside, used the BolaWrap to ensnare him, the suspect left the shotgun inside the
apartmen. Once the suspect was immobilized, officers were able to move
quickly to complete the arrest.
During a demonstration exercise, SWAT Officer Daniel McCreery used the
BolaWrap to lasso Deputy Chief Ty Hadsell. The tool consists of 8 feet of
Kevlar cord that is shot from a canister at a range of 10 to 25 feet away
from the target, McCreery said.
Barbs at either end of the cord grab hold of the target as the wire wraps
tightly around the suspect’s arms or legs, making movement difficult if not
impossible. “The only way we’re going to hurt someone is if the barbs go into someone’s skin,” McCreery said. “And even then it’s not going to hurt that much. We don’t want to hurt anyone.”
The woman and her mother were able to free themselves from the situation before the suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment, according to authorities.
Fort Worth is believed to be the first police department to deploy the tool during an arrest. “This is an example of the importance of providing the right tools for police officers for the right situations. The BolaWrap 100 was able to be deployed from a distance to assist S.W.A.T. officers in the apprehension, while minimizing injury to the suspect,” according to a statement from Michael Rothans, chief operating officer at Wrap Technologies, the company that makes the BolaWrap.
New Hybrid Police Vehicle for 2020
Bob Simek, Senior Editor
December 2, 2019
DETROIT — The all-new, no-trade-offs 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police SUV: Fortified with full-time Intelligent AWD, an amazing 3.3L V6 hybrid engine and an all-new 10-speed transmission, it outperforms the outgoing 3.7L V6 AWD Police Interceptor Utility, not to mention all police utility competitors – including V8-equipped models – that participated in official testing.2 Acceleration figures, lap times and top-speed numbers were
tallied during rigorous evaluations
conducted by the Michigan State Police
and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Potential fuel savings: The hybrid
powertrain offers significant potential
improvements in fuel use when reduced
engine idle time and a projected
EPA-estimated combined rating of
24 mpg are factored in, potentially saving
$3,509 per vehicle per year. Calculation
based on comparison with the 3.7L V6 Police Interceptor Utility and an example fuel price of $2.75 per gallon.
Purpose-built in the U.S.A.4 with duty-ready technology: Designed and engineered in Dearborn and assembled in Chicago with over $2,000 worth of additional standard features (along with improved horsepower, torque, acceleration and top speed), there’s even more potential value for taxpayers’ money. The built-in Ford modem and complimentary 2-year Ford Telematics™ subscription make for timely cloud-based, manufacturer-grade insights to help optimize running costs and improve asset utilization. Bluetooth wireless connectivity allows for pass-through voice commands to mobile devices.
Deep sand/snow traction control has a handy on/off button in the control panel. The Class III trailer hitch receiver provides trailer-towing capacity to a max. 5,000 lbs. Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control (DEATC) optimizes comfort. Automatic on/off headlamps revert to the last-used position. And low-/high-LED headlamps with wig-wag capability and pre-drilled holes for user-installed warning strobes come standard, as do 4 user-configurable switches on the steering wheel. The steering column itself is now tilt/telescoping.
Exceptional safety, again: The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility is 75-mph rear-impact crash tested. It proudly continues to be the only vehicle in the world engineered to meet the test.