May 28, 2012
Editor’s note: Cops love new and more effective ways to “announce their presence,” especially if it annoys the civilians or is unpleasant.
A new kind of police siren that emits low-frequency vibrations, is making waves — quite literally — in the town of Bartow, Fla. Although pedestrians may find it unpleasant, officers think it’s a safer and more effective means of announcing their presence.
“I don’t know if I could go back to a regular siren and feel safe with it,” Bartow Officer Bryan Dorman told WTSP.
Co-developed by a former Florida highway patrol officer, the Howler works by sending out a low-frequency vibration people can feel from up to 200 feet away. With electronic distractions becoming an ever-present part of our lives, the addition of the vibration to the lights and audible siren could be an invaluable safety tool.
Hundreds of police departments around the country have started using the system, including the NYPD.
This article was posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:16 am