Everyday law enforcement and homeland security activities and operations occur during low light conditions. Moreover, we know officer involved use-of-force incidents and officer involved shootings occur in large proportion at night. This emphasizes the real and pressing need to embrace and train the advantages conferred by the dedicated use of night vision equipment. Overall situation awareness is enhanced and our basic safety tenets of time and distance are supported.
In a nutshell, the value of NVG systems is found and enabled with the improved standoff detection of the adversary, positive identification of threats (PID) and the better identification of friend and foe (IFF). By reducing ambiguity and uncertainty in low-light we prevent collateral and unnecessary harm in both urban and rural environments where combatants and noncombatants, criminal and civilian are mixed together.
Outside of safety concern, many types of investigative missions and the overall surveillance enterprise is supported through the use of NVG, lasers, IR illuminators as well as active and passive IR beacons, tags and tracking systems. Important techniques used with success for asymmetric warfare against contemporary unconventional threats including terrorists are easily adapted for use in criminal investigations. The future of hybrid NVG combined with thermal or multispectral systems is upon us now.
Night vision is a game changing disruptive technology. Trevino himself prioritizes it at the topmost consideration for tactical operators after weapon systems and communications. His course of instruction pursues safe tactics and techniques for the integrated use of night vision with white light, team movement, searching and patrolling, use of weapons and mission planning considerations. Robert Trivino also shares the important and difficult lessons learned from the global war on terror are emphasized in the hope of reducing error and saving lives.
If you are not already pursuing an agency-wide deployment of NVG, look closely at Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants from the Department of Homeland Security for support. Another potential method of funding night vision is asset forfeiture. And, of course, look closely at Robert Trivino. ITTA is Always on Mission and is now going green.
About the Author: Aaron Cunningham is the acting President of the International Tactical Training Association (ITTA). Instructor Robert Trivino is the CEO/President of Evergreen Mountain (www.evergreenmountainusa.com) and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.