Title: Technology & Operational Safety – Pros & Cons for Officers
Mr Richard Kay, Founder & Principal Trainer, Modern Combatives International
Modern technology provides many options for public safety agencies to increase operational efficiency. One example is the officer-‐mounted camera, a compact portable device that is carried by officers and mounted either on the side of the head or on the front of the torso and captures video and audio records of operational situations. However, whilst useful in an operational context to record officer/suspect actions, aid officers recall events post-‐incident, and assist reviewers determine accountability against procedures, this technology may create serious repercussions in post-‐incident investigations. If the differences between human and camera perception are not understood, the video involved could end up confusing and misleading officers, reviewers, and the public. Officer-‐mounted cameras also pose specific issues for officer safety -‐ the addition of extra gear (weight), understanding its operation and capability (training), posing an injury risk to officers (hazard), altering suspect interaction (risk), and effecting operational decisions based on the camera (tactics). There’s also the matter of data security from incident to post-analysis. Data quality and reliability is a key factor, with the data integrity being a crucial aspect for legal process after the fact, as well as reviewers understanding how to interpret the data correctly and in context of the original situation.
Richard Kay is the founder of Modern Combatives®, a provider of operational safety strategies to the public safety community, and director of Dynamic Training®, an accredited provider of Vocational Education & Training. He has studied martial and combative systems since 1984 and is an internationally certified tactical force instructor trainer. He has studied Systema (Russian Special Forces), Cloquba Hajutsu (US Police Combatives), Krav Maga (Israeli Defence Forces) and SAFTA (US Special Operations), and is a certified Simunition Safety Supervisor, Force-‐on-‐Force Simulation Safety Instructor, Systema Instructor, 5th dan Karate black belt and 3rd degree Cloquba Hajutsu black belt.
Rich has extensive experience in private security operations and spent time in the Australian military. In 2001 he attained the prestigious ASP Trainer Certification for law enforcement use of force training, and in 2011 was elected to the ASP Board of Examiners. He travels oversees regularly to further his research and development and has instructed in America, Belgium, Portugal and Hong Kong. He has designed aggression management programs for health and community services, and personal safety courses for civilians. He has consulted to organisations regarding personal safety for staff in high risk situations, and has provided expert opinion for investigations and legal cases involving operational use of force and training. He is a member of The International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. Rich can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.moderncombatives.com.au