Santa Cruz Officers Using ‘Smart Guns’ To Track When Weapons Unholstered, Fired « CBS San Francisco

“I could draw my weapon and fire it and dispatch would already be notified that I had done that prior to me updating,” said Wright. For him, that means a sense of reassurance that for him, help would be on the way.

via Santa Cruz Officers Using ‘Smart Guns’ To Track When Weapons Unholstered, Fired « CBS San Francisco.

This is the first time I’ve heard an honestly good idea associated with “smart guns” that doesn’t involve taking away a citizen’s right/ability to use a gun.

In short, this system alerts the PD that an officer has drawn his weapon. A “yellow” alert. The alert becomes “red” when the gun is fired. The idea being, as quoted above, that help rolling to the officer before he ever makes a radio call.

The technology presents the opportunity to provide telemetry for the officer’s performance in both training and on duty shootings. Combined with video, you’d have accurate information on rounds fired, reaction times, reloads, etc. But, as a friend points out, there’s a potential dark side. Specifically, officers may be “unwilling to incur the wrath the administrators and the “smart guns” will never leave the holster.”

-GM