BlueForce Demonstrations Held at CMCC
June 24, 2013
The Criminal Justice Program at Central Maine Community College recently hosted a BlueForce Development and Verizon Wireless Tactical Response Field Day. Members from numerous Maine law enforcement agencies participated in the event which highlighted recent innovations in communications, information gathering, and homeland security.
The most popular demonstration of the day featured Maine Game Warden Norman Lewis and K-9 Clyde, a trained labrador retriever. Through a smartphone tucked in Clyde’s work vest and a GPS tracking system connected to the rapid command post, participants were able to monitor Clyde’s route as he searched down a volunteer “suspect” in the wooded areas on campus. Other devices for use with search dogs were also discussed, including vest-mounted cameras and a computer chip that enables a handler to track a dog’s vitals such as temperature and heart rate.
Another demonstration focused on rapid command post development that enables law enforcement officials to quickly establish communication links using satellite connections and solar energy generation. Other topics covered included intelligence surveillance reconnaissance and investigative operations.
RIGHT: Maine Game Warden Norman Lewis and K-9 Clyde were active participants in the BlueForce Tactical Response Field Day held recently at Central Maine Community College.