Magazine article Corrections Forum

Ten Years Strong for the Mock Prison Riot

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Ten Years Strong for the Mock Prison Riot

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This year marks the 10th Annual the Mock Prison Riot, held at the National Corrections and Law Enforcement Training and Technology Center, the former Moundsville Penitentiary, in West Virginia. Each year, the event sees a growth of participants as well as vendors showcasing the newest technology put to test.

"We have increased our attendees and exhibitors every year," explains Karen Whipkey, director of operations, OLETC. This year 30 teams participated, about three times more than in the past. "We added teams and scenarios, we had them all day long for all three days, we increased the number of workshops and certification sessions and we increased the number of technologies-89 technologies available for use in the scenarios."

The biggest benefit of the "Riot" is the ability to use these new technologies, strategies and techniques in "real life" situations, inside an actual prison. "Real life demonstrations are a good way to present our unique product and all its various applications and capabilities," says Stefanie Preis, marketing coordinator, Remington Technologies. Officers get a chance to test the product on the spot and we get the chance to present our product to a big audience, which helps raise product awareness, encourages networking and ultimately leads to sales."

At the Mock Prison Riot, Remington Technologies introduced the Eye Ball Rl, a tossable, self-righting tactical camera. Loaded inside a ball, the device offers wireless audio, video and near-infrared vision while providing a 360° view of the area in which it is placed. The baseballsized camera can be rolled, tossed or mounted on a pole, spike or lowering wire, offering visibility, security and improving on-site management and decision making in operational situations, due to accurate, real-time audio and video. The range of corrections applications includes riots, barricades, hostage situations, surveillance prior to entry into potentially dangerous situations and more.

"Baker Batshield is participating in the Mock Prison Riots so that we may generate some new product exposure to the Correctional Tactical Team segment," explains Rick Armellino, director, Baker Batshield. "Most Correctional Tactical Team personnel are not aware of the personal protection benefits of our product, and we are working hard to bring our unique capabilities to the correctional put our new product into the hands of the people who need it.

"The benefits of [our firm] attending the Mock Prison Riot are two-fold," Armellino continues. "First, it is much more cost effective for us to bring our product to a large group of tactical operators, rather than sending trained factory representatives directly into their respective agencies. second, we gain insights into product improvement from direct user inputs shared with us during training scenarios."

"The main goal of the Mock Prison Riot is to evaluate new and emerging corrections and law enforcement less than lethal technology," OLETC's Whipkey says. "The technologies are things that are currently on the market or technologies that are looking for information and opinion on where they need to go. The goal is to get the technology in the hands of end-users and get feedback about what they like, what could be changed and so on.

"In addition, we provide the workshops and certifications as training for the people who attend," she continues. …

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