TROOPER TRAP was invented by Alan Beaty, an Oklahoma state law
enforcement officer who arrested a
prisoner in October 2000 for outstanding felony warrants and false
impersonation. The prisoner was handcuffed behind her back and seatbelted in the
front passenger seat of the patrol unit. While dealing with another subject and
attempting to inventory the vehicle, the prisoner slipped out of the handcuffs, unbuckled
the seatbelt, got into the driver's seat of the patrol car and sped away. A short
high speed chase ensued with
speeds of over 100 mph, the prisoner crashed the patrol unit (which was 3 weeks old) and
attempted to flee on foot. After a short hunt, Beaty arrested the
After the ordeal, Beaty researched
and noticed a large number of escapes situations similar to his in
different states and around the world. Beaty knew affixing prisoners to
fixed objects even if the object is a vehicle, was against most every
department's policy. The seatbelt was the key. A prisoner could
not get out of the patrol car, steal it, or damage it without releasing
the seatbelt. A working proto-type was designed and installed on the front and rear
seats of a patrol unit with complete success. During the first week of installation, two
separate escape attempts were foiled. TROOPER TRAP
An officer's priority is to go home alive after each
shift. TROOPER TRAP
allows this to happen. Officers arrest subjects or transport prisoners every
day with the feeling of security in a set of handcuffs or a transport cage, but prisoners
continue to escape and officers continue to get injured and even killed.
TROOPER TRAP is designed to
"watch" the subject while seated in the patrol unit with the seatbelt
applied. This is not a restraint device, but merely an officer safety device which
alerts the officer when the subject unbuckles the seatbelt to give the officer a warning
and a few extra seconds to handle and secure the prisoner.
TROOPER TRAP can be used by itself
or with other devices like handcuffs or transport cages.
TROOPER TRAP watching, the officer can deal
with another subject, inventory or search a vehicle, or any number of other things without
physically watching him or her. The unique features of my invention allow
the officer to monitor the prisoner without physically watching him or her. The
safety, being able to watch your prisoner without backup, and simple easy operation.
TROOPER TRAP works.
When a subject is arrested, the officer
handcuffs, searches, and seatbelts the prisoner in the patrol unit as normal.
TROOPER TRAP is armed by one of 2 modes: Manual
Manual - Officer seats
subject in patrol unit with seatbelt applied and then arms
TROOPER TRAP, or
Automatic - Officer
activates TROOPER TRAP so when a the seatbelt is applied, it becomes armed.
The officer can talk to another subject
or search a vehicle without constantly monitoring the prisoner. If the detainee
unhooks the seatbelt, an alarm will sound to alert the officer that the prisoner has
unhooked the seatbelt and is no longer secure. The prisoner could be escaping, attempting
to steal the patrol vehicle, obtaining weapons in the patrol vehicle, or any number of
things that could cause injury or death to officers or the public.
can be used with non-handcuffed
subjects during consent to search, vehicle crash scenes, hitch hikers, transport of
stranded motorist, or a number of other situations. A pat search should be done
before any subject is placed in the patrol unit. Have the subject sit in a seat in
the patrol unit where
has been installed at.
Have the subject put the seatbelt on like normal; incase another vehicle runs off the road
and into your patrol unit. This is added protection for the department, the officer,
and the subject. Go about the search as normal. If the subject wants to stop
the search, or escape, or attack the officer; the external vehicle alarm will sound when
the subject releases the seatbelt.
Handcuffed or Arrests:
If the subject is physically arrested, handcuff, search the subject, and place the subject
in the patrol unit per department policy then secure with the seatbelt. Make sure
is activated and go about your
normal duties. If the arrested subject releases the seatbelt, the external vehicle
alarm will sound. It is best to place subjects inside the patrol unit to deter
thoughts of escaping, protect the subject from being struck by a vehicle while standing on
the road side, and to know where the subject is.
Day and Night Protection:
offers a back-up or partner in
the easy to install control box. During the day or at night, try to inventory the
subjects vehicle or investigate an accident while watching your prisoner. During the
day, the sun shines down and a glare usually makes it difficult to monitor your
prisoner. At night, it is almost impossible to monitor your prisoner while the
emergency lights, headlights, and spot light shines in your eyes.
is your answer to that.
Below are three pictures showing how difficult
it is to see inside the police car. When prisoners are arrested and placed in the
transport unit, officers still might have to get report information, inventory a vehicle,
investigate an accident, interview witnesses, interview other subjects, arrest other
subjects, chase or fight other subjects, or a number of other things.
TROOPER TRAP is an officer safety device. Officers are expected to:
watch other vehicle traffic, watch people approaching the scene of the incident, inventory
vehicles, locate witnesses and get witness statements, deal with passengers in the
vehicle, arrest multiple suspects, relay information back to the dispatcher, watch the
prisoner, and stay alive.
Some administrative officials think prisoner
escapes are because of poor officer safety, the officer being too relaxed and not paying
attention, or obvious violation of policy. I guess they have been behind the desk
too long and have not seen the criminal being arrested today. Criminals will do what
ever it takes to get away, they do not have anything to lose. Officers are killed
and injured daily.
A prisoner escape is not due to a relaxed
officer safety by the officer. Escapes are strictly desperate people taking
desperate actions to avoid jail. They will go to whatever measure it takes to get
After an arrest and placing the subject in the
patrol unit, some people and departments think officers can turn the patrol unit off,
remove the key, and leave the prisoner inside. This is not a viable or safe
option during prisoner handling. States have criminal laws against leaving
children and pets in vehicles unattended. It is suggested nobody put
anybody or leave anybody in a vehicle with little or no ventilation, for example caged
police cars. Departments and officers have to remember, they are responsible for the
prisoner while in their custody; heat stroke included. Remember: Innocent
until proven guilty.
73 degrees outside, vehicles heat up to 100
degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.
90 degrees outside, the vehicle can heat up to
160 degrees within just a few minutes.
93 degrees with a window down 1 inch, the
temperature inside a car could reach 125 degrees in 20 minutes and about 140 degrees in 40
Heat exhaustion can occur above 90 degrees and
heat stroke can occur above 105 degrees.
Even if officers remove the patrol unit keys,
prisoner can still escape and damage the patrol unit.
Heat information: http://www.ots.ca.gov/pressroom/2001/pr083101.asp
What about a prisoner transport partition?
TROOPER TRAP can be used to prevent an escape with or without a transport partition or cage
system. For a prisoner to escape from the patrol unit, they have to release
the seatbelt. When the seatbelt is released, an alarm sounds on the outside of the
patrol unit to alert the officer.
Most departments have some type of prisoner
partition device or cage. This cage system can not always keep the prisoner
inside by itself. Prisoners have kicked out the side window, the back window,
crawled through the sliding glass of the cage system, and prisoner's friends have opened
the patrol car door and let the prisoner out while the officer is distracted. Cages
are great when transporting a combative prisoner, but is not escape proof.
Seatbelts should be used for every
prisoner transport. This is not only a safety reason, but to limit a huge liability
in case of an accident during transport or even the prisoner striking their head on the
cage and then claiming injury.
For units without a cage system most policy
requires the prisoner to be handcuffed behind their back and seat belted into the front
passenger seat and a second subject would be seat belted in the passenger rear seat.
TROOPER TRAP was invented, designed, and built to use the standard car horn
equipped on the patrol car or the add on siren of the car alarm device. By using the
horn or siren already installed, this keeps the price at an affordable level for big
departments and officers alike.
use TROOPER TRAP?
Everybody. TROOPER TRAP can be
added to current vehicle in the fleet and new vehicles alike.
The uses are unlimited. Here are a few ideas:
Sport Utility Vehicles
Standard Patrol Units
Gang Enforcement Units
|Prisoner Transport Vans
Prisoner Transport Buses
Prisoner Transport Airplanes
Any vehicle used to transport
Weapons in patrol units
Subjects standing outside the police car
waiting during a traffic stop or a vehicle search. Standing outside the police car
allows the subject the opportunity to flee on foot, being run over by a passing vehicle,
or an attack on the officer while the officer's back is turned.
Subjects seated in the police car with or
without handcuffs plus with or without prisoner transport partitions waiting during a
traffic stop or a vehicle search. Being inside the police car, the subject can kick
and damage the police car, steal the police car, get access to a weapon inside the police
car, or slip the handcuffs and attack officers when they return to the police car.
is designed to independently monitor a
combination of up to 3 seats or alarm devices at the same time.
Custom configurations to monitor more seats or
US Pat. No. 6,819,233
TROOPER TRAP does not restrict or restrain prisoners,
it is merely an officer safety device.
Expect the unexpected.......
Stats on officer deaths and injuries from poor prisoner handling and control
A study of 800 cases
over a ten year period revealed that proper search,
restraint, and transportation procedures were not being adhered to.
lost their lives in their own patrol cars.
19% were killed due to misjudging the dangers controlling the prisoners.
24% were committed by prisoners that had been handcuffed.
27% lack of searches contributed to the officers being killed.
27% were killed controlling prisoners prior to being taken into custody or in early stages
38% lost their lives due to not handcuffing the prisoner.
42% arrested were in possession of a concealed or disguised weapon.
43% was poor weapon retention.
46% prisoners waited for the opportunity to kill the officers.
49% were killed after the prisoner was taken into custody.
63% fought with their prisoners, and most of the killers were younger than the officers.
80% involved only one suspect.
deviate from standard handcuffing procedures, which involves handcuffing the
prisoners behind their bodies. Dont ever handcuff a subject in the front, regardless
of how dignified or harmless the subject appears. Searches of prisoners should be
mandatory regardless of the use of restraining devices, mode of transportation, crime
committed, sex, age offense, community status enjoyed by the prisoner, or prior searches
No two arrests are the
same, and there is never any such thing as a routine arrest. Be prepared for the
Source: Central Florida Police Stress Unit, Inc.
Idaho State Police recently released
their "2003 Crime in Idaho Report" that shows
a 35 percent increase in officer assaults over the last year.
The system is
operated by a switching system designed just for TROOPER TRAP. With this
special switching device
TROOPER TRAP has more uses. This allows for TROOPER TRAP to be placed
3 switch control box with 3 sensors for seatbelts or weapons.
TROOPER TRAP is designed to be placed on each transport seat and weapon in a
transport or patrol unit.
The manufacturer suggested retail price is
$195.00. Some departments and administrative officials have said they do not have
the budget to spare. Ask yourself if you have the budget when an officer or the
public injured by your escapee............
TROOPER TRAP kit is simple to install, and installs in about 30
minutes most any
Reserve Law Officers
NRLO Director of Training, Captain Chuck Mantkus, said of this
'Trooper Trap' seat belt alarm system is absolutely outstanding. This
should have been on Law Enforcement Units years ago. I know of many, many cases
where it would have saved the lives of Officers and others. Congratulations are due;
and I hope that the device becomes mandatory on all Law Enforcement
vehicles. This device should be promoted world-wide."
Trooper Trap is an additional OFFICER SAFETY tool.
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