CEO OF EXTREME TACTICAL DYNAMICS, Chris Dallmann, and creator of our new, multi-functional Blaze Visor Light, explains how it all came about:

I got the idea for BLAZE CORE TECHNOLOGY™ because many of our police officer customers consistently requested the addition of extra takedown lights to make nighttime traffic stops safer. This revolutionary LED Technology provides officers with five times more takedown illumination than any standard visor light, without the need for any optional purchases.”   The idea materialized; with Blaze Core Technology™, ETD created 3 POLICE LIGHTS in ONE!

Blaze ‘looks like’ a FULL LIGHT BAR!

When you see the Blaze Core™ Takedown Visor Light at a great distance, you’ll mistake it for a full-size light bar; that’s how bright it is and how far it shines. It is an exceptional police emergency light with brilliant illumination that flashes in 26 pre-programmed flash patterns with pattern memory.  There are 13 color options, solid or split-color combinations.  It is a Traffic Advisor with 3 flash pattern options:  Left/Right, Right/Left, both alternating.  But the most remarkable feature of this revolutionary visor light is that it transforms from an emergency or traffic advisor to a FULL-ON 96-Watt Takedown light.  It becomes a Wall of Light engulfing the forward vehicle!

Police Officers and Nighttime Stops

Police Forums provide insights to how experienced law enforcement professionals use lights at night.  One officers advises: “ With my spotlight and takedowns, I can make it very hard for the violator to see me. I use the darkness to my advantage. I love nights. I like night because the cover of darkness works for us also. If properly used, lighting from my PV makes a huge difference.”

Nighttime traffic stops continue to be one of the leading causes of injury and death to police officers across the United States. So what do traffic cops need at night besides dependable gear and a well-equipped vehicle?  They need LIGHT…and lots of it, and that’s exactly what an officer will get when the Takedown Light of Blaze is deployed; it produces full illumination making it easier to see inside and around the stopped vehicle.  BLAZE CORE™ LEDs with their exceptional SHIELD OF LIGHT™ could prevent countless deaths and injuries.

Saved By a SHIELD OF LIGHT™

Richard at Bluesheepdog.com, recounts how the Shield of Light™ saved his friend on a ‘routine’ nighttime stop. “As the recruit officer and trainee walked up to the car, the “motorist” ambushed them, shooting and seriously wounding my friend. Both officers fell back behind the light, but ‘the motorist’ couldn’t see them because of the lighting difference. Make sure you use all of your patrol car’s lighting to create that “wall of light” that you can use for concealment on a nighttime traffic stop. I know this is basic training you got in the police academy, but it works. The wall of light made a tactical difference that allowed both officers to survive, and eventually return to duty.”

BLAZE, the ‘new’ 21 Century Visor Light

A police vehicle is usually equipped with 2 takedown lights on a light bar or visor light, a spotlight, and, of course, the headlights.  Maximum takedown capacity has previously been achieved when all 3 types of lights were deployed, especially when officers used the high beams.

Now…one visor light, the Blaze, does the job for all 3!   It is compact and multifunctional; it’s a hard-working partner, a SHIELD OF LIGHT™, that a police officer can depend on.

Nighttime Stop with WITHOUT Blaze

HOW TO MAKE A NIGHTTIME STOP

Deputy Terry Gray of Griggs County (N.D.) Sheriff’s Department, says it best: On nighttime traffic stops, light up the offender’s vehicle and don’t be in a rush to get out of your unit. Sit back and watch the activities for a short time. You will see driver and passenger movement inside. You may see what appears to be the hiding of contraband and such. With lights shining on them, the occupants won’t be able to clearly observe your activities.”

Officers report that no matter how many times they have pulled someone over, there is a rush of adrenaline as they approach a stopped vehicle especially at night, always realizing ‘this could be the one.’  An officer in a police forum shares his thoughts: At night, I never feel like I have to fight the complacency and I always feel alert, whether I stop 1 car or 10. But I do prefer nighttime stops, I think that little bit of adrenaline at night has probably saved a lot of officers. I always remember an NCSHP trooper who taught me traffic stops in the academy who reminded us that even though he may stop a dozen or more cars a shift, he is still a little nervous on each one. I’ve always tried to remember that.”  

HOW TO USE YOUR TAKEDOWNS!

Chief Steven Hughes who teaches a course in Tactics in Traffic insists that there are ‘no routine stops.’  Rookies are taught how to make an approach, and seasoned officers should never forget their training.  And while nothing will guarantee that an officer will not be assaulted or feloniously killed, being able to see well into a vehicle and having a Shield of Light™ that blinds motorists will surely aid in any pull-over whether it’s on a city street or dark highway.

Being Prepared and Getting it Right

Any traffic stop whether it’s during the day or night could ‘go south,’ and officers know it. Every police officer on the force has gone through extensive training in vehicle placement, how to exit their vehicles, how to approach on driver or passenger side, how and where to place their spot lights, flashlights, and emergency lights.  Officers have practiced greetings, asking for information, and reporting the details of the stopped motorist and the vehicle, and how to call for backup.  Hours of study, learning procedures, and lots of practice have taken place before officers even make their first stop.

ETD’s PLEDGE TO YOU!!

ETD’s CEO, Chris Dallmann, “I recognize and appreciate the risks that first responders take while serving and protecting our communities.  That’s why ETD is dedicated to ‘serving those who serve US!’ by offering all first responders and volunteers the best made lights for the lowest possible prices. That’s MY pledge to YOU!

References:

135 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Nationwide in 2016
http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/Preliminary-2016-EOY-Officer-Fatalities-Report.pdf

Observation in nighttime traffic stops
https://www.policeone.com/officer-safety/tips/1639617/

Police Forum:  Officer.com
https://forum.officer.com/forum/officers-and-law-enforcement-professionals-only/the-squad-room/traffic-enforcement/162658-traffic-stops-day-or-night

FBI Releases 2015 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted
www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2015-statistics-on-law-enforcement-officers-killed-and-assaulted

Traffic Stop survival: Tips for Police Officers
http://www.bluesheepdog.com/traffic-stop-survival-tips-for-police-officers/