There is a new tactical robot on the market, and tactical commanders in law enforcement are likely to crave one. NBC News reported details regarding the 25-pound machine named Dogo.
The Israeli firm General Robotics created it. The design allows it to work as a scout, hostage negotiator, or first responder in a lethal force encounter. It can roll into hostile territory with video camera for a sneak peak, facilitate negotiations with its two-way voice communication, or provide lethal force if necessary with its integrated Glock 26.
The weapon system can fire at targets selected by its operator using a “Point & Shoot” interface, potentially ending a murderous standoff without putting human life at risk.
Dogo was unveiled last June at the Eurosatory 2016 defense show in Paris, but was largely ignored by the press, according to NBC. Following many failures with armed ground robots, skepticism was real. Moreover, if the U.S. military couldn’t find a combat mission for its trio of machine gun-laden patrol bots sent to Iraq in 2007, what demand was there for civilian law enforcement?
But the landscape and public discussion changed after the Dallas Police Department used a robot to kill a mass-murderer in July—a first in America.
After five cops were executed, and nine more injured in the deadliest attack of police on U.S. soil, indeed extreme measures were used, and widely applauded by people that understood the danger present. When the barricaded suspect wouldn’t surrender, officers strapped a pound of C4 explosives to a Remotec Andros Mark V-A1 bomb disposal bot, drove the charge towards him, and detonated.
It was at that moment in history that a new option was deployed, and used successfully, even if it shocked the conscience of a few. The circumstances were severe, so extreme measures were used. The absence of a legal fallout was a signal that people understood the necessity.
Given the social condition of our nation, it will not be the last time law enforcement will be faced with these circumstances.
The success of Dallas’s IED was a signal to police chiefs and SWAT commanders across the country: It “demonstrated that, tactically, the use of a robot with lethal force is viable,” according to Ben Miller, who spent 15 years with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado before joining drone-maker Draganfly as an engineer.
Indeed the threats are changing, and law enforcement needs to respond in kind. There will always be conditions requiring first responders to put themselves in harms way, but as proven in Dallas, additional options for lethal force without human vulnerability need to be considered.
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