On April 12, 2018 a Yarmouth PD K9 was shot and killed after being shot point blank in the face. He was on a call with a Trooper with whom I am very close. I feel the use of the Vector Shield could have possibly protected this officer. A few months later another officer was overpowered, disarmed and ultimately shot and killed with his own weapon. The use of the Vector Shield could have possibly helped deescalate this situation while protecting the officer choosing not to use lethal force. This situation could have also possibly ended up in a better way than it did.
There are many uses for the Vector that have made being a member of a SWAT Team somewhat easier such as warrant services, motor vehicle takedowns, bus assaults, aircraft assaults, and entries in tight locations such as attics and closets. Aggressive animals upon entry into a residence are also a real threat. The Shield allows us to use less force than if we did not have the Vector.
As a member of a very busy unit, I speak for all team members when I say, “Thank you for caring about all law enforcement with the design and manufacture of this awesome piece of equipment.