Dr. Sjef Orbons
Police Academy of The Netherlands
Directed Energy Systems have long been an area dominated by theory, and prediction – they have rarely, if ever, been used “in anger”. This, however, is starting to change: most obviously and immediately in a non-lethal law enforcement context. We have seen in recent years the active deployment of the Active Denial System; a high-powered microwave used for crowd control.
However, whilst development of these technologies is strong, the deployment of these weapons has been
restricted, due in part to complex legislation and safety concerns.
Led by a dedicated member of the European Non-Lethal Weapon community, this workshop will explore the future of Non-Lethal Weapons by examining current capabilities and the lessons learned from previous NLW programs to establish the foundations of how NLW’s can be utilised successfully in the future.
By attending this workshop, you will:
Gain a Euro-centric view of a field traditionally led by the United States
Understand the current capabilities and requirements of Non-Lethal Weapons
Gain an insight into the future development of NLW’s, and the issues to be overcome in promoting their acceptance, both technically and morally.
Gain insight into DEW that have been used on the field, the lessons learned, and how these can be applied to other projects and programmes.
Directed energy technology for law enforcement is reaching a decisive point for future applications
How developments in microwave/sonic technology mean that directed energy weapons usage for law enforcement is feasible and achievable
How the widespread introduction of non-lethal DES will transform policing and crowd control in general