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ThugFindr story (http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Thug-FindIR-helps-police-corner-suspects/reMczBk450KIA5uv_m0F3Q.cspx)
Interesting name - Also, notice the banner on the screen of the video - "ThugFindr can spot a person up to 800 miles away"
Thermal Imaging has been around in the Fire Department for years now. It has some great advantages, but also some great limitations. More than once, I have realized I was completely lost within a building because I was focusing on the IR, it attracts and keeps your focus and can easily absorb quite a bit of your attention.
In law enforcement, I can see it being very valuable for a quick peek down a long hallway or into a dark corner, but to move into a building focusing solely on the IR can and will get officers hurt.
I have used a FLIR on a few occasions to find suspects who fled into a wooded area and laid down. I agree it can be dangerous to focus on the FLIR and not your surroundings.
One person runs the dog, one with a FLIR and two cover officers is ideal, especially in a high risk fleeing case.
One time the dog kept running circles in a particular area, but we never located the suspect. I waited on the FLIR for an hour while we maintained the permiter. The FLIR showed his heat signature, and I found him dug in, buried himself under three feet of dirt, leaves, and sticks with an air hole for him breathe out of.
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