We’ve used up quite a bit of ink and paper here in past issues covering various forms of lighting for street cops and other specialty law enforcement requirements. There are two reasons for that. (1) The need can be critically important for either uniform or plainclothes work, and (2) the specialty lighting industry is booming with new technology that translates directly to cop’s uses.
We’ve looked at cruiser lightbars, we’ve looked at vehicle-based searchlights, and we’ve looked at individual lights for belt or pocket carry. All fill certain roles for lighting up traffic stops, accident scenes, alleys, open field areas, drivers’ licenses, auto passengers, rooms, hallways, confined spaces, crime scenes, and so on. But, most specialty lighting is traditionally centered on either a bright “area” type light tethered to a larger power source such as a car, or a much smaller portable handheld light with reduced beam coverage and relatively limited battery duration. Traditionally, if we wanted a spotlight beam, we’ve been pretty much restricted to the one mounted on the company car, which meant anywhere we took the spot, we also had to take the car. If we needed a spot someplace the car wouldn’t fit, like clearing a large warehouse or running a midnight foot search through a mangrove swamp, where the beam of a “tactical” pocket flash gets swallowed up, and a Chevy or Ford was just a little impractical to drag along, we were mostly out of luck.