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2006 Overview. WCPD Bomb Squad Background Began as a Master Officer Project in 1988 FBI provides training and equipment through Bomb Squad Accreditation.

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1 2006 Overview

2 WCPD Bomb Squad Background Began as a Master Officer Project in 1988 FBI provides training and equipment through Bomb Squad Accreditation Program. Accredited in Additional support and training provided by ATF Explosives Technology Branch (ETB)

3 Services Available Real/Suspected IED Response Explosive Chemical Disposal (Picric Acid, Deteriorated Ether) Dignitary Protection/Special Event Response Robot response to SWAT calls Investigative Support in Bomb/Explosives cases

4 Personnel Manager Lt. Loren Cattolico Supervisor Sgt./Bomb Technician Mike McLaughlin Bomb Technicians Officers Steve Gorski, Tony Mangini, and Chris Stewart (Ret. Per Diem) Assistants Res. Lt. Chris Flath, Sgt Jay Hill, Officers Scott Moorhouse, Barry Mlaker

5 Bomb Squad Responses Squad responds to suspicious package and Improvised Explosive Devices Calls of Military Devices are referred to Military EOD Units Minimum Response normally two technicians. Assistants respond with complicated calls and are in training to be technicians.

6 Team Equipment & Resources Bomb Suits X-Ray (Digital and Film) Disrupter Tools Basic Demolitions Capability Digital Photography and mapping Radiological Threat Assessment Hand Tool and Rigging Equipment Bomb Truck Small explosive device transportation capability Remotec Andros F6A Robot Alarmed Explosives Magazine

7 Specialized Training Various team members have received specialized training including: –FBI Hazardous Devices School (5-6 weeks) –ATF Advanced Explosives Disposal Training (2 weeks) –FBI Post Basic and Advanced Post Blast Investigation (2 weeks) –ATF Advanced Post Blast Investigation (2 weeks) –FBI HDS Robot Operations Course –Andros Factory Robot Maintenance and Operations Training –VBIED Mitigation and Post Blast Investigation –8 hours team training each month

8 Protective Equipment Cotton uniforms for static control All Leather Boots Med-Eng Bomb Suits provide protection against fragmentation and blast overpressure

9 Typical Bomb Squad Response Assess initial information. Make recommendations to Incident Commander. Recon Item (Binoculars, X-Rays, Witness Statements). Safe Approach to device if necessary. Limit time on target. Decide if render safe procedure (RSP) is necessary. Perform RSP – Safety First! Evidence is a secondary concern. Assist with investigation.

10 2005 Statistics Total calls for 2005 – 59 26% increase over 2004 Calls have increased each year for past 5 years.

11 2005 Statistics Breakdown Antioch – 3 Brentwood - 4 CCCSO & Contract Cities -10 Concord PD -11 CCC Haz-Mat - 2 CCC Comm. College - 2 CHP - 4 EBRPD - 1 Martinez - 4 Pleasant Hill - 1 Pittsburg - 3 Richmond - 1 San Pablo - 1 USPS Inspectors - 1 FBI - 1 WCPD - 7

12 Remotec Andros F6A Robot Up to five different camera views Allows diagnosis and disruption without endangering responders Picks up and carries up to 40 lbs Can drag heavier weights Weapons Platform: –12 gauge disrupter cannon –12 gauge Streetsweeper shotgun –40 mm rotary gas gun Andros F6A Robot

13 Robot Capabilities SWAT/HNT Ops Capable of delivering throw phone and other small objects Two way audio – Can assist with negotiations Excellent Video Capability –Video can be sent to Incident Command Fiber optic system (1600’ range). 300’ cable hardline. Security required for operators Distractions

14 Robot Limitations Cumbersome, requires up to two people to deploy. Hard to manipulate in tight spaces Weapons available for SWAT on case by case basis. Not to be placed in situations where likely to be damaged unless necessary to safe a life*. *Quote Lt. Cattolico “This thing isn’t going on suicide missions.”

15 Future Issues for Bomb Squad SWAT/HNT Integration. –Regular Training with SWAT and develop proper procedures and policies. WMD/Hazmat Capability. Hazardous materials teams do not have explosives RSP capability. SCBA program, level B chemical suits. Supplement CCC Haz Mat and CA National Guard Civil Support Teams. Emerging threats from abroad. –When will suicide,VBIED’s and roadside bombs appear here?

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