Burdette calls it a "force multiplier," saying: "If you can minimize the amount of time [patrol officers] are at the scene, based on finding the suspect pretty quickly, it really makes a big difference when they can get back to their other duties. As a force multiplier, in an agency like ours that has a limited number of resources, it really gives us more bang for our buck."
And for those who are on the fence about thermal imaging, or perhaps those who are playing the waiting game, Teich has this to offer: "Do I think this thing will be even less expensive three years from now? Yeah, it probably will.
"But that's three years of letting bad guys go in the dark."