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FLIR Scout for patrol?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by VPD4327, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. I may be interested in a future Flir, going to wait and watch the prices.

    I just bought a PVS7 NVG to put in my squad, not cheap, but hopefully worth it.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  2. Fallout

    Fallout County Mountie

    Sep 26, 2004
    Flir is an awesome tool for night time patrol. We had several which mounted on the spot light of the car. The display was run to our laptops. Anytime I rolled up on an alarm, or disturbance I would scan the property before exiting the car. Another neat trick I learned was using it to scan parking lots. You could easily pick out the vehicles which had been recently driven. Caught a burglar one night doing this.

    We had lower end units only real drawbacks were they would not zoom and there was about a second of delay between real time and what was being displayed.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013

  3. faceplant


    Feb 8, 2006
    Oh crap. Now you guys are gonna be getting us outta bed to use our TICs. Might not be a bad idea for a supervisor car. Gonna play with one tomorrow to see how it works in your jobs.
  4. BlisteringSilence

    BlisteringSilence Secret Squirrel

    A neighboring agency had some sort of a FLIR unit installed on top of his pillar light. I don't know what brand or anything, but it displayed on a 10" screen mounted in the car.

    I really want one. He said they were able to get like 4 of them off a grant.

    Yeah, me too.

    How about an -11?
  5. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    I think it depends on what you are trying to see.

    As I understand it, those are NV. They are a spotlight when you can not use a spot light.

    The great thing about Thermal is it shows things like someone lying in the bushes passed out. Where as the NV will just show you the bush. And a spot light will show you the bush.

    The bad thing about thermal is if someone is sitting inside a car, all you see is the glass. You can not see them, but they can see you. BUT, if there are 20 cars in the parking lot you can tell which one has been running recently.

    AN/PSQ-20 DSNVG combines NV and Thermal and leaves one eye to use without looking through the device. Use it at a car wreck to look for someone that was tossed out and unconscious. Add a NV laser to your gun and you have an advantage if you are trying to hunt someone down.