Choosing the R.C.B. by Peacekeeper
Before considering any other Less Lethal option for use within an agency, we must keep one thing in mind: The baton was originally considered and used because: “Its ability to contain a suspect Rapidly as an intermediate use of force option”. With this in mind, we must look at the evolution of batons.
Evolution of Batons
In the 50's & 60's law enforcement used the straight wood baton. It was very Effective, however, it was not convenient because it banged on an officers leg on patrol or in the middle of a foot pursuit, or got left on a car seat because of its bulkiness.
The side-handle baton of the 70's & 80's required too much training to be effective. Agencies gave officers annual training only to find that six months down the road, officer's were walking liability because they couldn't remember the various methods on how to use the side handle baton properly, therefore officers resorted to gross motor skills and used it like a straight stick. It was also too cumbersome to keep on the side of an officer at all times.
In the 90's, expandable batons brought convenience to law enforcement. The benefit: The baton was able to stay on the officer at all times without it banging on ones leg or getting left in the car. A good concept. The disadvantage: For the past 12 years law enforcement has SACRIFICED Officer Safety and Effectiveness (the most important reason for carrying a baton to begin with), for Convenience. Though many agencies gravitate toward the convenience of a light weight baton or a button that closes the baton conveniently, the most important reason for carrying a baton has been ignored! Most administrators are not aware how many front line officers have gone back to a wood straight baton from other expendables, until these officers see the capabilities of the R.C.B.
Enter the Rapid Containment Baton or R.C.B !
The Rapid Containment Baton (R.C.B.) offers significant benefits over existing batons.
1. Weight at the distal 1/2 (striking area) of the baton instead of the in the handle for Rapid Containment!
2. Durable high quality, 3/4" machined steel that will not bend like other batons!
3. The ability to expand the baton in confined space by pulling on the tip of the baton!
4. A larger end cap to reduce laceration liability or impalement!
5. The ability to collapse your baton easily without continually driving it into the concrete!
6. Has a large patented joint lock design that reduces inadvertent collapsing!
7. The ability to break a vehicle window without the concern of bending your baton!
Industry Changing Design
The RCB offers more than just one or two features. The RCB is an industry-changing product, which addresses serious issues that agencies are having with other batons. (see complete “Evolution of Batons” )
The RCB has been designed specifically with the weight in the striking area (distal half) of the baton instead of in the handle. Putting the weight in the periphery of an arc equates to more kinetic energy transfer or “Stopping Power”. Many agencies have agreed: You simply can't argue with physics!
In recent years, many agencies have been disappointed with the durability of most expandable batons. Slender Friction Lock Batons are known to bend on their first use. Push Button Mechanical Batons have up to 56 parts which require continual maintenance and repair making these products cost prohibitive.
With the Peacekeeper RCB, bent batons and mechanical failure are essentially non existent since the RCB has only 10 parts within its robust design.
As with any product, a simple design and the K.I.S. method, (Keep It Simple) provides less chance for mechanical failure. That's why the R.C.B. is known as the heavy duty baton and is COP TOUGH! Due to our simple friction lock design, you can depend on our baton to stay expanded when necessary and collapse efficiently when ready. The R.C.B. has the largest friction lock surface area of any other expandable baton. This means that the baton will not collapse in the middle of an altercation like other expandable batons. There are no buttons or bearings which increase the chance of mechanical failure.
Also, the obvious. having a Less Lethal option on an officer's side at all times is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. An expandable baton allows an officer to have a Less Lethal option available at all times and eliminates the possibility of leaving a baton on the car seat. Straight Stick or side-handle batons are too cumbersome to wear while riding in a vehicle. Chasing a suspect on foot and over obstacles is next to impossible with a 24" baton dangling from one's side.
Simple Design & Officer Safety
The R.C.B. brings law enforcement back to the simple concept of the original straight stick. As heart rate and adrenalin shoot up in a confrontation, officers will rely on gross (simple) motor skills to defend them selves. In the heat of the moment, most officers will not remember or use complex techniques. The Rapid Containment capabilities of the R.C.B. reduces the chance of injury because the longer a confrontation continues, the greater the risk of injury to the officer and suspect alike.
In addition, with the weight distributed in the distal half of the baton, the R.C.B. inherently gives an officer a more competitive edge in a confrontation and assists in officer safety because of the typical lack of training that an officer performs each year.
The simple straight stick design allows for simplified training and better information retention. Simple techniques are taught in the opened and closed baton position. Many departments are getting away from the intensive training that is required to use side handle batons effectively and switching back to the simple methods of straight stick training, using the collapsible straight stick!
The RCB is not a new product. The patented design of the RCB has been in many federal, state, county and municipal agencies for over nine years. To date over 25,000 batons have been issued and this number is changing dramatically each week.
Compared to other Less Lethal products, the baton is still the most cost effective option. There are no continuing cartridges, canisters, darts, or batteries to reload or inventory.
With the above information in mind, you can see why numerous agencies are switching over from other expandable batons or less lethal options to the Rapid Containment expandable Baton.
THOUGH OTHER LESS THAN LETHAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILBLE, THE BATON CONTINUES TO BE THE MOST COST- EFFECTIVE INTERMEDIATE “USE OF FORCE” OPTION AVAILABLE, AND HAS BEEN STANDARD EQUIPMENT FOR OVER 100 YEARS !
Until the patented design of the R.C.B. came around, most departments didn't feel that other lightweight expandables had the stopping power of the standard straight stick and "Rapid Stopping Power" is what everyone is interested in these days. With the weight redistributed to the striking area of the baton instead of in the handle, the R.C.B. creates a higher kinetic energy transfer. This equates to "rapid stopping power" instead of superficial welts from improperly weighted batons. This redistributed weight also gives smaller officers of either gender, a more competitive edge in a confrontation because it takes less effort to achieve higher impact.
Use in Confined Space
OC sprays can be used as an intermediate "use of force option" in open areas, however, in confined areas (cells, hallways, courtrooms, domestic violence areas), OC sprays or side handle batons cannot be used. An officer must go from Level l "use of force" (presence of authority and good verbal skills) to Level lV (use of fire arm), without an intermediate alternative. Not having an effective intermediate option available is a huge liability to defend in court. The R.C.B. can be expanded with two hands in confined areas. This is why U.S. Navy Search and Seizure Teams, Coast Guard, metro and airport police have also been so approved this patented design as well.
Many departments are getting away from the intensive training that is required to use the PR-24 effectively and switching back to the simple methods of straight stick training, using the collapsible straight stick!
Because the end cap on the R.C.B. has a broader surface area than other expandable batons, (even the straight stick or PR-24), laceration liability is reduced dramatically. As officers try to collapse traditional expandable batons, they develop burrs on the tip of their baton creating a lacerating weapon to a suspect. These sharp weapons also destroy valuable training equipment. Also, the longer a confrontation exist, the greater risk of injury to the officer as well as the suspect.
Other Important Benefits
Because of the premium alloy in which the R.C.B. is manufactured, bending and breaking is next to impossible. Also, this premium alloy gives officers the ability to collapse their baton with out driving it into the concrete in an obtrusive manner.
This information that you have just read addresses the typical problems that is presented to us by training officers and administrators from around the country while using other batons. We are in a unique central position to convey this valuable information to professionals like your selves.
For 48 years, our staff has been dedicated to the safety of law enforcement officers in the production of our Effective, Durable, and Dependable products.
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