Golden Valley Police Department Uses Thermal Technology To Keep The Community Safe

The Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) prides itself on staying up to date on the latest crime deterring trends, and using high-tech tools helps accomplish that goal. Recently, the Department’s squad-mounted thermal imaging camera helped in the arrest of a number of people for theft and tampering with autos.

The camera (left) is mounted to the squad car’s spotlight. It helps officers see heat signatures in total darkness and can be rotated 360 degrees with full tilt. This allows officers to approach many calls for service from a distance, allowing for better planning and de-escalation. It has proved to be a very valuable tool to assist officers with suspect apprehensions, locating vulnerable individuals, locating vehicles that are still warm, alarm calls, and much more.

The GVPD purchased its first camera in 2016 and has since purchased two more, with the goal to outfit all squad cars in the near future.

If you want to get a closer look at the thermal imaging camera and other squad car tools, sign up for a ride-along with a GVPD officer. Learn more on the GVPD’s Ride-Along Program page on the City website.

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