Body worn cameras have been a topic generating a lot of media attention in recent years. With a number of successful deployments under our belt, we've helped numerous departments plan the training, and implementation of body worn cameras for their officers a little ahead of the curve. KELTEK is always happy to jump in as s trusted advisor partnering with departments, providing their fully rugged body cameras. We thought we'd share some of their storys in an effort to help you visualize the path towards a successful body worn camera purchase, implementation and deployment.
This May, our partners at Havis, held a partner event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania their hometown headquarters. If you are not familiar with Havis, they are one of our K9 transport, computer mounting and docking manufacturing partners. Seeing the full cycle from where ideas are generated at Havis, to the ideas coming together in real time on the manufacturing floor was very beneficial and informative.
Time is Running Out, Do You Have a Plan?
The end of the fiscal year is upon us. Do you have a plan? It seems like every year, it sneaks up on departments and we want to help. In this post I want to share some great ideas on how to maximize your budget...
Ask any of the guys in our shop and they’ll tell you one of the most common calls we get is, “Our battery keeps dying.”
There's a great scene in the movie Ironman where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) realizes that his power center has been rendered useless and he asks his assistant for help. She comes to his aid and asks, “Is that the thing keeping you alive?” Ironman’s response is, “It was, but it’s now an antique…”
Police work can be dangerous and unpredictable. Responding to active shooter calls can put patrol officers at risk, and delays can result in injury, casualties, or chaos. Many departments practice Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD), a police tactic where first responders actively confront a developing high-risk crisis, as opposed to first responders assembling a cordon around the crisis zone and waiting for special response units like SWAT.
Having a rapid-deployment ballistic panel easily accessible and at the ready for your officers in every vehicle at all times adds an extra layer of readiness and protection to your force.
In our last blog post, Jesse talked about the S.M.A.R.T. method of success: a way to set concrete goals with measurable objectives. If you’re planning an upfit project for your fleet, this strategy can help you get the most for your money and best meet the needs of your organization. We already discussed how planning a vehicle upfitting project for your fleet starts with setting goals that are specific and measurable. Today, I'll cover how to also make your goals attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to set goals and plan out your yearly budget. If vehicle upfitting is on your to-do list this year, use the S.M.A.R.T. philosophy to help you set and meet your goals on time and within budget.
One of the best, most exciting parts of starting a vehicle upfitting project for your fleet is the opportunity to customize your vehicles to meet the exact needs of your department. As one component of your upfit, consider how you can upgrade the storage and accessibility capabilities of each vehicle. Adding in cargo solutions that are convenient, customizable, and completely secure can help improve your team’s performance and overall effectiveness.
Topics: Vehicle Upfitting
If now is the time to upfit your emergency response vehicle equipment or undertake other vehicle upfitting projects on your fleet, the biggest decision you’ll have to make is which vehicle upfitter to choose. Ask yourself these four questions to determine whether a company is right for your department’s needs.