The Montgomery County (VA) Sheriff’s Office is the first police agency in the country to use a new technology to help injured officers. The Automatic Injury Detection Panels fit on officers’ vests and they can detect when an officer has been shot or stabbed, reports WSLS .
The panels then immediately send an alert through cell phone and radio to all other officers, dispatchers, and other emergency responders. It gives an exact location, where the officer was injured, and what type of injury it is.
“This day, to us, means possibly saving one of my deputy’s lives one day,” said Sheriff Hank Partin. “I hope we can spread this technology far and wide.”
Montgomery County spent about $86,000 to purchase the Select Engineering Services panels and radio technology for every officer.
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