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Ballistics Armored Tactical Transport (BATT)
Donations to the Lodi Police Foundation enabled the purchase of the $250,000 Ballistics Armored Tactical Transport (BATT) rescue vehicle.
In 2015 the Police Department, with funds from the Lodi Police Foundation ($200k) and Homeland Security ($50k), were able to replace their lightly armored rescue vehicle with the BATT, a non-military vehicle that protects the occupants from handgun and rifle rounds. Officers can conduct rescue and tactical operations with reduced fear of harm to the public or themselves. Every sworn department member is trained on the safe operation of the BATT. This purchase did not require any money from the City’s budget.
The Foundation raised funds to purchase the $72,000 Mini-Caliber Robot for the Department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Unit.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot (Manufactured by ICOR).
This robot can reduce the risk of Explosive Ordinance Disposal by doing the “close in” work to disrupt, destroy, or remove possible explosives from harm’s way. The robot can also conduct reconnaissance with its audio and video capabilities, letting Officers view and communicate with citizens in crisis from a safe distance.
Unmanned Aircraft System
Lodi Police Foundation equips the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) team at the Lodi Police Department.
With generous donations to the Lodi Police Foundation, the Lodi Police Department was able to establish its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in 2016. Having no air support of its own, the department had to rely on other agencies to supply delayed assistance. The UAS team can now have an ariel view essential to support officers on the ground within minutes. The initial aircraft cost $4,000 and worked well to establish the team and assist officers with a 28-minute maximum flight time. The need for a more capable aircraft with a 30x thermal imaging camera and 30-minute flight time made the Foundation’s additional purchase of the second, $32k aircraft necessary. The team has been able to use these aircraft in rescues, searches, scene documentation, and assisting the fire department in locating “hot spots” during firefighting operations.