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Where Fairfax Co spends its money - March 22, 2007, 03:04 PM

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Mission Enhanced 407 Project has been completed by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation of Mt Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The project was designed to upgrade the Department’s 1996 and 2000 model year Bell 407 aircraft with state-of-the-art safety and mission enhancements. Fairfax County’s 1996 Bell 407 (serial number 50) was on display in the L-3 Communications booth. For the operator it was financially a stark choice between spending capital on a new airframe and fitting it out with whatever systems could be afforded or to select the best systems and enhance mission capability.

Paradigm Aerospace [formerly HAS Corp] installed the Chelton Flight Logic EFIS featuring integrated traffic advisory, ADS-B, lightning detection, digital fuel flow and radar altimeter. New Technisonics TDFM-7000 and TFM-550 tactical radios are controlled by Technisonics A711 audio panels with voice alerting. Outside visibility is maximized through use of a stock size instrument
panel and Aeronautical Accessories hi-visibility cockpit doors.

Mission enhancements include the L-3 WESCAM MX-15 geo-stabilised infrared and video system integrated with AeroComputer’s LE-5000 tactical moving map system enabling precision target locating, and a Tyler Tech Tactical Platform system. At the show the aircraft carried the Vectorbeam Technologies A800 Trakka Searchlight that is intended to be fitted as soon as certification is complete. The light system provides normal and covert illumination capability for NVG equipped ground officers and flight crews.

The sensor system also demonstrates some new thinking by a US operator. In selecting the MX-15 Fairfax County has moved towards European thinking in sensor technology. In general it is rare to see such a large and capable turret in general use on a US airframe – even in New York the MX-15 is mounted on a specialised Bell 412 where the Koala fleet ‘make do’ with smaller 12 inch turrets. The larger type will provide Fairfax County with the capability of operating high and covert – and incidentally safer. It has never been a secret that height provides the aviator with an enhanced degree of safety day or night and yet operators still buy sensor systems that oblige them to fly low in order to mitigate the shortcomings of smaller and cheaper units. Paradigm Aerospace designed an open baggage compartment that improves access and cooling of mission equipment. A two-piece quickly detachable medical wall provides rapid access to avionics mounted in the hat rack area of the aircraft. The entire project was completed in only 8 weeks under the leadership of Paradigm Aerospace customising manager,Craig Harvey.

The Fairfax County Police Department’s Helicopter Division has been in continuous operation since 1983. It operates a fleet of two Bell 407 helicopters performing 3,000 to 4,000 multi-role law enforcement and EMS missions each year in support of the County’s public safety departments. The aircraft may not in itself be new build but the systems being carried are intended to be leading edge. The 800 watt Trakka searchlight has been through some of the most demanding testing any searchlight has faced in an effort to prove its leading specification in a very competitive market. On their stand the manufacturers were displaying a somewhat battered test example that had been subject to most of the hazards found in the sky including lightning strikes.

For the past thirty-five years the opposition searchlight manufacturers have offered the same basic light beam system using a large bulb and reflector for projection of the beam. Vectorbeam need to burst the myth of the old to get its own accepted.

Trakka’s optical design* utilises a Xenon lamp the size of traditional searchlights to deliver a more intense and consistent beam on the target. Up to six different filters can be activated touch of a button from inside the cockpit. Filters can range from extremely covert IR to ultra. Others can reduce the glare from fog or sand. Having these filters built in and always available offers tactical advantages without necessarily incurring a performance or maintenance penalty.

All this testing and techno babble is pointless unless the searchlight works in an operational environment and this is where Fairfax County come into the equation. As soon as the certification authorities give the go-ahead it should be this unit the eventually decides whether it meets the claims to produce a robust and stable beam of light equal to the 1600 watt light level of its competitors in a smaller more robust package. www.vectorbeam.com


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March 22, 2007, 03:16 PM

Crime Rate Has Plummeted To 30-Year Low
Despite Spree-Free Trend, Robberies, Burglaries Spike
By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 22, 2007; VA01

Crime in Fairfax County continued its descent in 2006, reaching lows not seen since the early 1970s, even as the county's population has doubled over the past 30 years.
According to statistics released last week, Fairfax residents reported 17,108 serious crimes -- homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft. That was a 6.9 percent drop from 2005, and the lowest total in Fairfax police statistics dating from 1970. The closest was 17,835 in 1972, when the county's population was about 500,000. More than 1 million people live in Fairfax now.
The reported crime rate in Fairfax in the mid-1970s was about 4,500 serious crimes for each 100,000 residents. In 2006 it was about 1,700, a drop of more than 60 percent in 30 years.
Larceny and auto theft, two categories that account for the bulk of the crimes committed, showed declines of more than 9 percent last year. Rapes, homicides and aggravated assaults all had double-digit percentage drops from 2005.
The total number of crimes in Fairfax, along with the crime rate per capita, has declined for five straight years. Since 1995, the crime rate has risen only twice, in 2000 and 2001.
In releasing the basic statistics for last year, however, Fairfax police acknowledged significant increases in robbery -- up 18.4 percent -- and burglary -- up 17.6 percent. The total of 572 robberies was the highest in the past 30 years for which figures are available.
Bank robberies also soared in 2006, up from 19 to 43, a 126 percent increase. But detectives made arrests in 32 of the 43 bank holdups, a 74 percent clearance rate, far better than the nation's average robbery clearance rate of about 33 percent.
Police said the rise in robberies has continued this year, which they say is troubling because of the potential for violence. Chief David M. Rohrer said in a statement that stopping robberies is a top priority but that "our robbery increase unfortunately mirrors regional and national trends, with many localities experiencing significantly higher increases and significant increases in gun violence."
The trends Rohrer referred to were identified in a study by the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington. The study found that over the past two years, "violent crime is making a comeback," with steady rises in robberies, assaults and homicides in larger jurisdictions. Between 2004 and 2006, robberies rose 12.2 percent and assaults with guns rose 10 percent, the forum found.
"The crime reductions of the 1990s cannot be taken for granted," wrote Chuck Wexler, the group's executive director. "The nation is receiving a warning signal that federal, state and local governments must refocus their attention on crime."
The county's low burglary rate has long been a point of pride for Fairfax. Where in 1980 there were nearly 6,400 burglaries in one year, the total in 2005 had plummeted to 1,344. It rose a bit to 1,580 last year.
Police said burglary statistics indicate a decrease so far this year, compared with the same period last year.
Fairfax continues its unusual practice of counting multiple homicides as one slaying. For example, when three people are killed in one incident, often called a triple homicide, Fairfax police record it as a single homicide.
In 2006, the slayings of Detective Vicky Armel and Officer Michael Garbarino were counted as one homicide in Fairfax statistics. [The Washington Post maintains separate homicide figures for Fairfax, with each victim counted as a homicide.]
In 2005, a triple slaying committed by Nathan Cheatham in Great Falls on Christmas was counted as one homicide. If homicides are counted as defined by the FBI's Uniform Crime Statistics criteria -- "Score one offense per victim" -- Fairfax's total declined from 22 to 19 in 2006, not 20 to 18 as Fairfax reports.
But the difference has a negligible impact on Fairfax's overall crime totals and crime rate.

Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications
Wins Award
The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) was honored by the E-911 Institute at a ceremony March 13 in Washington, D.C. Seven members of the Department were presented the 2007 Call Taker/Dispatcher Award which honors the “First responders”—the 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers who are on the front line every day.
The awardees played pivotal roles on May 8, 2006, when a heavily-armed man ambushed police officers at the Sully District Station killing two officers. The communications officers reacted with courage and professionalism throughout a very difficult day. They responded to requests for help from a mortally wounded police officer; dispatched local officers, some of them off duty, to the scene of the incident and coordinated assistance from other agencies in the Washington, D.C. area. Other members of the team handled other 9-1-1 calls to allow those staffers involved with the event to focus on the crisis at hand.

Those honored were
  • Public Safety Communicator III Lisa Smith;
  • Public Safety Communicator III Necol Hill;
  • Assistant Supervisor Joseph LoPreto;
  • Assistant Supervisor Terrence McClain;
  • Public Safety Communicator II Adrian King;
  • Public Safety Communicator II Oscar Vasquez;
  • Public Safety Communicator I Deanna Head

Steve Souder, Director of DPSC said of the award “The tragic event of May 8, 2006, will be remembered always. The role of the seven call takers, dispatchers and supervisors recognized by this award is a classic example of the behind-the-scene role DPSC personnel have on many occasions and is why they are referred to as the 1st of the first responders.”
Gregory L. Rohde, Executive Director of the Institute, said, “The importance of teamwork in a situation like this cannot be understated. The Fairfax communications officers and supervisors showed exemplary discipline and professionalism during a very trying, and troubling, incident.”
The E9-1-1 Institute (www.e911institute.org) is a not-for-profit organization which provides administrative and policy support to the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus. The purpose of the E9-1-1 Institute is to promote public education and awareness of E9-1-1 and emergency communications issues and serve the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus as a clearinghouse of information on E9-1-1 and emergency communications issues. Gregory L. Rohde, former Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, serves as the E9-1-1 Institute’s Executive Director.

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Paradigm Aero dont they make the first couple or three Terminator models?

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