MURDOCK: AI-Powered Undies, Armor May Revolutionize Policing


(Joe Diamond and Deroy Murdock, Headline USA) The heartbreaking murder of NYPD Detective Jonathan Diller during a March 25 traffic stop in Queens reminds Americans of the dangers that our cops face daily.

Unfortunately, alleged gunman Guy Rivera fatally shot Detective Diller, 31, just below his bullet-resistant vest.

Enough is enough! The time is now to give NYPD officers the trailblazing protective gear they desperately need and deserve.

Today’s standard-issue body shields leave officers exposed to perpetrators’ increasingly lethal weapons. But groundbreaking innovations like liquid armor and ultra-high-strength composites could revolutionize police protection, creating lightweight, flexible equipment that lets cops operate more securely.

AI-powered sensors and real-time data analysis could enhance authorities’ situational awareness and decision-making. On the horizon: Lighter and more comfortable “smart long johns” that officers could slip beneath their uniforms.

Breakthroughs in smart helmets also could prevent deaths. Advanced composites of Kevlar, carbon fiber, and thermoplastics could help craft headcovers that are more nimble, easier to wear, and far tougher on hostile fire.

Much of this research and development is already underway, driven largely by the Pentagon’s quest for better military gear. These improvements often feature important law-enforcement applications.

Predictably, the usual suspects—cop-haters, criminal apologists, and the “defund the police” crowd—complain about the “militarization” of local precincts. But what kind of society deploys police officers without the best safeguards?

“Criminals will never stop trying to outgun the police,” says NYPD Captain (Ret.) Ed Mamet, co-host of WABC Radio’s Cop Talk podcast. “We owe it to our uniformed officers to keep up with the technology and give them the best protection as swiftly as possible.”

Better equipment could save civilians, too. Officers who feel invulnerable are less likely to resort to force while fearing for their own lives. Nobody wants to turn police into “robocops,” but supplying them with 21st Century armor makes common sense for them and those they shield from criminals.

Advanced defensive materials eventually will become more affordable. Three-dimensional printing already slashes costs in other industries. But police critics will do everything they can to scuttle relevant R&D. Only relentless public pressure from law-abiding citizens will keep this initiative on track.

Politically, Americans who back the blue should derail the de-funders. Indeed, Republicans should give those who rant against the cops the opportunity to vote on life-saving paraphernalia.

Whatever they may think about police-headcount levels and patrol tactics, do such Democrats as Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, New York’s Jamaal Bowman, Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, and their state and local comrades want America’s cops to be more or less likely to die under fire?

If the haters want cops merely restrained, but not dead, they should vote accordingly on Capitol Hill and in U.S. statehouses and city halls.

However, if the cop-loathing Left really wants to make it easier for criminals to kill police officers, then these lawmakers should be honest about the deadly depths of their cop-hatred. Police supporters then should educate voters on such facts.

Government spending should flow from Woke nonsense to high-tech police protection. President Joe Biden’s latest budget earmarks billions for nebulous “gender equity” projects. A second Trump administration should reallocate these funds to perfecting and deploying safer law-enforcement equipment.

And if the U.S. House’s notorious “Squad” opposes these defensive devices, they should lose the earmarks that, maddeningly, they scored in last month’s budget cliffhanger.

If, for instance, Rep. Pressley opposes this gear, it should be curtains for her $400,000 PowerUp Latinx Business Initiative. Ditto Omar’s $1 million People Serving People Elevator and Bowman’s $1.65 million Mt. Vernon Green Tech Park. Those funds should underwrite police-safety R&D.

Detective Jonathan Diller made the ultimate sacrifice while upholding his oath. America should honor his memory by giving his uniformed brothers and sisters every possible advantage in their vital and dangerous work.

It’s time to move Heaven and Earth to armor the NYPD and other police squads and make it much easier for them to stay alive when criminal bullets go flying.

Queens-based Joe Diamond produces WABC Radio’s Cop Talk podcast. Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor.


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