May 28, 2022


Future Technology

New BCSO technology tracks crowds from the sky

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Bay County Sheriff’s officials up-to-date their infrared engineering in March for use on the helicopter.

It’s termed ahead-seeking infrared or FLIR, a thermal imaging infrared digicam process.

“It gives us just an unbelievable skill from a quite substantial altitude both equally in daytime and nighttime to get an operational picture of what’s heading on on the ground,” Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford explained.

The timing could not have been improved.

Ford said the method was a must have as community authorities labored to deal with weighty crowds and a shooting in Panama Metropolis Seaside.

“We utilized it this earlier weekend looking for folks who have been fleeing from us on foot,” Ford stated. “We made use of it at some of the household events where by we obtained a complaint on a dwelling occasion and even some that we have intelligence on that have been involved in organizing these events.”

FLIR is ready to offer information to deputies on the ground about potential difficulties.

It sends a reside movie feed to the crime middle.

Deputies can accessibility it from their patrol car or truck laptops and cell phones.

They utilised it at the beach front shooting scene, at Pier Park, and at Vibez nightclub on Highway 98 in St. Andrews.

“The connectivity that we have with the discipline. The skill to talk that facts to deputies and commanders in the field in actual-time wherever they are able to see these points from cameras and know where suspect autos are with the license plate visitors. We are just incredibly pleased with the innovations we have created in technology with Bay County regulation enforcement,” Ford said.

Deputies also employed FLIR through a latest nighttime research for a missing hunter.

It observed his heat signature and directed grounds teams to his place.