New Jersey business creates equipment police officers need in increasingly dangerous situations
The recent mass shootings across the country have police departments in New Jersey once again looking at procedures and equipment needed at a moment’s notice.
Some of that new equipment was produced in the Garden State.
The company Jersey Tactical has been around for about 15 years. It has been scrambling in the last couple of weeks to meet new demand.
One product the company makes is called the “Jersey Claw.” It is a device, weighing less than 10 pounds, that is designed to bust through doors.
It is mostly used for patrol officers – those who are likely to be the first on the scene of a mass shooting. These patrol officers have been increasingly forced into the role of SWAT.
"What we did, we built a system that we could put into patrol that they could be successful with the majority of the doors, with very little training,” says John Dapkins, with Jersey Tactical.
Jersey Tactical takes pride in saving lives. They say that their phone has been ringing off the hook for weeks from police departments across the country looking for equipment. They say previously the calls were mostly about routine police service.
“The fire, the emotionally disturbed person, the suicidal person, the drug overdose, the heart attack,” says Dapkins.
But after the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Tulsa and Uvalde, the business may be changing.
Dapkins and his business partner Nick Klementowicz are former law enforcement officers who served on the same SWAT team. They've continued to focus on others in their second career.
"You need some reason to get out of bed when you're retired. You need some reason to get off the couch. Saving lives, every time we get a letter, we get a text or email that somebody’s life was saved, it's worth it,” Klementowicz says.
The pair has invented all of the equipment that they sell. Later this month, they will demonstrate it for the state police union.