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Sensor and Communications Link for Protecting Law Enforcement Officers Working Alone

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119027D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cato, RL: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of protecting law enforcement officers who work by themselves most of the time, occasionally confronted with significant danger. Sometimes, the officers need to request help from other officers, are injured or shot, or they shoot their guns. The occurrence and location of these situations need to be reported to headquarters immediately.

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Sensor and Communications Link for Protecting Law Enforcement Officers
Working Alone

      Disclosed is a method of protecting law enforcement officers
who work by themselves most of the time, occasionally confronted with
significant danger.  Sometimes, the officers need to request help
from other officers, are injured or shot, or they shoot their guns.
The occurrence and location of these situations need to be reported
to headquarters immediately.

The officer would wear an electronic device that is activated in the
following situations:
  o  Officer lying down
  o  Officer firing his/her gun
  o  Sound of gun shots nearby
  o  Officer drawing his/her gun
  o  Officer pressing a "request for help" button

      Upon being appropriately activated, the device would send a
radio signal either directly to headquarters or to the officer's
patrol car.  The device or the patrol car would include a Global
Positioning Satellite (GPS) unit, which would enable the location of
the officer to  be added to the alarm message.  The patrol car would
then transmit the  message to headquarters.

      While the officer is at work, his/her body should not normally
be in the horizontal position.  If the officer's body is in this
orientation for longer than a set amount of time, it is likely that
the officer is injured.

      It is possible for a device to determine its orientation
relative to the horizontal ground.  This could be by sensing bubbles
in liquids or the direction of the earth's magnetic field.  Thus, a
device co...