His idea, he said, came from his own
In October 2000, Beaty arrested a woman on an
outstanding felony warrant, he said. He handcuffed and buckled her
into the back seat of his car. While he took inventory of the
woman's vehicle, she slipped off her handcuffs, jumped in the
driver's seat of Beaty's cruiser and sped away, he said.
A chase ensued, and the woman eventually crashed
Beaty's 3-week-old car, he said.
"I thought, 'There has got to be a better way,'"
Beaty said he may have invented one. His Trooper
Trap, he said, is a device that will sound an alarm if a person
placed in custody in the back seat unbuckles a seat belt. He said
the device should be added to every police car in the country.
"It seems like there is a major escape every
day," Beaty said. "If it's that big of a problem, we need to do
something about it."
Beaty, of El Reno, said he is working with
companies that customize law enforcement vehicles to offer the
Trooper Trap as an option.
Dave Campbell, a salesman for one of the
nation's largest dealers of police vehicles, said he agrees with
Beaty that every cruiser should be equipped with the device.
"They probably ought to be on every police car
ever built," Campbell said. "I haven't seen an officer that wouldn't
When Beaty was ready to produce the Trooper
Trap, he said he found Gary Hamner through the Oklahoma Alliance for
Manufacturing Excellence. Hamner's company, Surface Mount Depot,
hopes to have a steady production of the device.
The manufacturing, sales management and
distribution of the Trooper Trap is performed by Surface Mount Depot
in Oklahoma City.
With Trooper Trap, an officer can deal with
another subject, inventory or search a vehicle, or perform other
duties without physically watching the detainee. If the subject
removes a seat belt with Trooper Trap enabled, the unit will alert
the officer by sounding an alarm on the patrol unit.
Beaty said the Trooper Trap is being tested in
Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.
"It's really turned some heads as a solution to
a problem," Beaty said.