Helicopter-borne Infrared Thermal Images of Suspect in Boat
Watertown MA, USA – In a spectacular take down on the evening of April 19th, the fugitive, suspected Boston Marathon bomber and murderer was confirmed to be inside a covered boat in a suburban Boston backyard by helicopter-borne thermal?? images. With this confirmation, a tactical police squad moved to capture him.
Some may think flying thermal imaging is a radical new technology for the State Police to use, but that’s far from the truth, as “technogeeks” already know. Infrared thermal imaging has not only been around for more than 40 years, it has been used regularly by Law Enforcement in North America since the late 1980s.For more images of the fugitive from the pictures released by the Massachusetts State police, visit their twitter page at twitter.com/massstatepolice.
There is also a single webpage presentation on several websites, such as: http://gothamist.com/2013/04/20/photos_massachusetts_cops_used_infr.php#photo-3, part of an article by Rebecca Fishbein in News on April 20, 2013
About Thermal Imaging Technologies in Law Enforcement
The uses of Thermal Infrared Imaging or Thermography by law enforcement agencies has been well-documented on the LETA.org website. LETA, not surprisingly, stands for stands for The Law Enforcement Thermographers’ Association.
The Law Enforcement Thermographers??? Association is a professional law enforcement organization dedicated to promoting the legal and ethical use of thermal imaging in support of law enforcement operations. LETA. presently hosts four levels of training for thermographers.
Membership is open to all law enforcement personnel, including local and state prosecutors and United States Attorneys or equivalent in other nations, law enforcement product industry representatives, and active Military and National Guard personnel assigned to law enforcement or investigative duties. It was incorporated as a non-profit, international law enforcement organization on November 2, 1995. LETA had been 2 years in the formulation process and was founded as a primary training organization, focused on the specific field of Thermal Imaging in Law Enforcement.
The present LETA Board of Directors includes members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from the USA and Canada.
Twelve LAW ENFORCEMENT APPLICATIONS of Thermography are recognized by LETA and they have developed standards for their practices. They are:
1. SEARCH AND RESCUE
2. FUGITIVE SEARCHES
3. VEHICLE PURSUITS
4. FLIGHT SAFETY
5. MARINE AND GROUND SURVEILLANCE
6. PERIMETER SURVEILLANCE
7. OFFICER SAFETY
8. STRUCTURE PROFILES
9. DISTURBED SURFACE SCENARIO
10.ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
11. VEHICLE COMPARTMENTS/PROFILES
12. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS/SKID MARKS
More online at LETA.org
About the Massachusetts State Police Air Assets
The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing maintains a fleet of five turbine helicopters and one fixed wing aircraft. The primary aircraft a twin engine, multipurpose helicopter that possesses a reconfigurable cabin design, redundant hydraulic & electrical systems, and an external cargo hook. Each of these aircraft are also equipped with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera system, GPS synchronized mapping, interoperable communications equipment, and a digital video downlink system that together creates a versatile aerial platform.
For more information about the Massachusetts State Police?? (MSP) visit:?? www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/msp/
For more information about the MSP Air Wing, visit: www.mass.gov/eopss/home-sec-emerg-resp/response/etrt/airwing.html