Changes in ’96

In 1997, a group of I.A.C.P. members, and law enforcement agencies started critiquing the incidents with spikes. A spike system un-tethered to a cord was an obvious reason why officers were losing their lives. But could simply adding a cord improve safety?

The Cord-Reel Solution

Kilgrows tethered cord had been criticized as a personal injury risk, but it was redefined as a necessary safety requirement. The “new” manufactures added cords to their systems and new marketing strategies. All the new manufactures would have you believe their new modification had a superior and safety advantage, however the serious incidents have never stopped.

Protective Cover versus Anytime Anywhere (Deployment)

When officers arrive to a spot and find it lacks cover, a simple Cord-Reel cannot provide this cover. Deployment when conducted outside of “protective cover” is no safer than any other deployment style.

This is the problem never identified and why we still have problems today.

Target the car

Manufactures marketed their systems without a cord for years they taught a concept of targeting the car, a Point Blank Range deployment. The tethered solution is a more complex deployment, and can extend the time of the officers exposure on the roadway. Officers still continued to deploy at point blank range, and the Cord-Reel just complicated this type deployment.

post deployment adjustmentsDeployment in traffic gives a short “Window” of opportunity and places the officer at risk. Officers must allow traffic to clear, and by that time the target vehicle is dangerously close.

Unsecured System (Recovery)

Operating a Cord-Reel and elevating a cord during this window, makes it susceptible to being snagged by a car. If the cord is deployed in mid air, it will snap, then create the dangerous scenario of the officer having to enter into traffic to retrieve the spikes, and the pursuit officers circumventing the spikes.

Officers entering into the roadway to recover spikes is responsible for deployment officers hit by pursuit officers.

Why we still have a problem

The new cord and safety accessories were not an advancement in design, but a past due feature, which changed very little. The high risk concepts of the past had set a precedence in the way spikes would be used in the future. The use also defined how other brands were used, as officers tried to achieve the same (benefits) but using tactics not compatible with a Cord-Reel.

Despite the product upgrades, Officers continue to deploy outside of cover and expose themselves to traffic, and on occasions officers still find themselves in the trap of recovering and circumventing spikes on the roadway.

Despite the upgrades on the deflaters, “safety features”, lightweight design, incidents with tire deflation devices have never slowed down and are at an all-time high.

The fact is all systems despite their deficiencies can be safely used by an officer that uses pre-planned deployment locations and knows how to identify a problem and react appropriately.

Spike-Devil offers features and benefits based on the original designs which gave rise to the popularity of the tire deflater. We do so with an emphasis on training and a new a special product. An officer needs to be skilled in both deployment styles and understand his situation and the deployment skills. The methods we present work on all brand deflaters, and are in fact more effective.