The Auburn Police Department has added a new high tech weapon to its arsenal.
Known as the “ThugFindIR,” the device is the first of its kind according to president and chief executive officer Greg Davis of Integrated Technology Systems (ITS) in Winder.
In development since early 2009, the ThugFindIR contains an integrated thermal imaging camera, a color camera with night vision capability, flashlight and strobe light.
“It is a lot of integrated technology we have banded together to give the officers a new tool for officer safety,” Davis said.
Able to detect a human heat signature at over 500 feet and other heat signatures at over 1,500 feet, Davis said the device will be a game changer for the law enforcement community.
A police officer in DeKalb County for 10 years, Davis knows firsthand the dangers that officers face.
“If I’d had one of these in my car when I walked around a building at night by myself with backup who knows how far away and I could have got a drop on a suspect from a distance, I would’ve been in a much better position from a safety standpoint,” he said.
Davis along with his father Steve Davis, director of sales and marketing for ITS, and business partner David Ratliff, ITS research and development engineer, presented Auburn Police Chief Fred Brown with the first production model of the ThugFindIR on Jan. 22.
Davis expects full production to begin in 30 to 60 days. Expected to retail for $4,595, ITS hopes to produce 100 of the devices each month.
ITS provides a number of high tech products to the law enforcement community, and expects the ThugFindIR to be a successful part of their product line.
“We just saw a need and a niche for a specific tool,” Davis said.
Steve Davis, a retired DeKalb County police officer, wishes he would have had access to the ThugFindIR during his time as a patrolman.
“With this product, an officer can actually search an area before he ever exposes himself,” he said. “It’s a really great product.”
Similar to the thermal imaging cameras used by fire departments, Steve Davis said he expects to eventually produce a version of the product for firefighters to use in search and rescue operations.
He also expects future versions of the law enforcement device to include enhancement such as GPS, a compass and a transmitter to help pinpoint an officer’s precise location.
While those enhancements will be nice, Chief Brown is pleased the high tech weapon he now has.
“This thing will help us do our work a little more efficiently, find people that are hiding from us,” he said. “It’s better than a helicopter and a lot cheaper.”
For more information about the ThugFindIR or Integrated Technology Systems, visit www.securityts.com.
Are you serious?!? Everyone knows APD doesn't make arrests..they write reports.
are you kidding me
02/03/10 at 07:14 PM
I would challenge you to read the paper more closely before making such a broad a statement. I am certain the prisoners in Barrow County Detention and Gwinnett County Detention Centers, who were arrested in Auburn, would disagree with you. There are plenty of them. Auburn is a fine community and the Auburn Police Dept. is doing a fine job. They have improved greatly from the past and are regaining the respect of the community.
You must be on the force. If you speak with the inmates in those jails I am certain that they will tell you all about the corrupt officers that make up the outstanding Auburn Police Dept. I think it says it all when you have to "improve greatly from the past" and " regain the respect of the community".