Annals of Police Militarization: LAPD SWAT Goes Green

DBAL-A2 (courtesy

Press release [via]:

Monterey, California – Los Angeles Police Department Metro Division’s D-Platoon (SWAT) has announced the selection of the Laser Devices (LDI) DBAL-A2 with high power green laser (Part No. 40172) for all assaulter carbines. After a comprehensive testing and evaluation process involving several competitive tactical laser aiming systems, the LDI DBAL-A2 has been adopted as part of LAPD SWAT integrated night capability system. This integrated system also includes BNVD night vision goggles, Wilcox mounts, and IFF equipment. “LAPD is continuing the trend of law enforcement teams adopting fully integrated night vision and IR capability,” said John Chapman, Laser Devices Senior Global Support Specialist . . .

“We are proud to have been selected by LAPD.” An LAPD SWAT operator noted that “A fully integrated no-light capability, including the DBAL-A2 laser system, has greatly enhanced our ability to complete our mission under any circumstance.” He added, “The inclusion of the high power green laser also allows us to direct precision fire on the assaulter level while wearing a gas mask or Patriot system, making our mission capabilities seamless across operating conditions.”

For additional information about the DBAL-A2 or other Laser Devices products, visit For further information on no-light system integration, contact John Chapman at [email protected] or 831-236-4690.

About Laser Devices

Laser Devices is known for its state-of-the-art visible and infrared laser aiming devices, handheld and weapon-mounted tactical lights and IR illuminators used by Military, Law Enforcement and Special Forces personnel worldwide. The company is located in Monterey, California where 100% of its products are designed and manufactured in its 30,000 square foot facility. Laser Devices holds a number of U.S. patents and maintains an ISO 9001:2008 Certified QMS. Laser Devices is a Beretta Holdings company.


  1. avatar Jay1987 says:

    Why do swat teams, many of whom couldn’t make the cut to get into the military, keep trying so hard to look like sfairbornedeltaforcerangersniperforcerecondosupertroopers??

    1. avatar pwrserge says:

      Male inadequacy issues? Most of us could probably clear a shoot house with a simple Glock far faster and better than they do with their HSLD gear.

      1. avatar Dennis says:

        Where are you pulling this fact from? Almost every officer I have known ESPECIALLY the more senior SWAT guys are prior military. Shows me these ridiculous facts you are quoting. I would argue that a majority of officers are ex military. Maybe not in CA because that state refuses to hire based on anything but ethnicity.

      2. avatar Dennis says:

        Another asshoel comment by an internet asshole. Did you watch the Magpul videos while eating cheetos and now think you are a tactical ninja?

    2. avatar Danny says:

      Because the pentagon is practically giving it all away?

    3. avatar ropingdown says:

      When I was young teachers in school taught us how, in the tyrannized hell-holes beyond the oceans, fascist secret police, pillars of any suitably evil regime, wantonly harassed people in the dead of night, bringing to these cowed citizens the “dread knock on the door at 3 a.m.”

      So what does LA SWAT want to do? “Own the Night.” Well, of course they do.

      With a bunch of gear that is illegal for citizens to purchase. I knew we left out something: “The 2nd Amendment enshrines an empty right if the purchase of adequate night-fighting gear is forbidden to the man in the street.” What good is the right if it only can be lived 12 hours a day?

      1. avatar Glenn Billings says:

        What is an AR 15 against a couple stealthy quiet drones?

        1. avatar Duke of Sharon says:

          As good as a flint lock squirrel rifle was against a British ship of the line.

      2. avatar Dennis says:

        It’s NOT illegal because of the police…Its illegal because of the politicians…The citizens vote in. They only have themselves to blame.

    4. avatar S.dogood says:

      you forgot sapperdivernavysealforcereconcommandoninja

      1. avatar Andrew says:

        Lets not forget *takes huge breath*


  2. avatar Samuel Suggs says:

    Whoo scary the government is wasting money on shit I would buy if they weren’t taking all my money.

  3. avatar Rydak says:

    Good use of tax dollars if you ask me, anything that helps them aim straighter at the bad guys. GO TEAM!

    1. avatar Jay1987 says:

      Won’t help much you must be able to identify the bad guy and hit somewhere near him for those to help much.

    2. avatar S.CROCK says:

      if you are a gun owner, your are the bag guy. but don’t worry, they still cant hit you. there is no way to convince me that a laser would have helped the popo not hit 9 bystanders in the empire state shoot out. or any other police failure.

      1. avatar Dennis says:

        NYPD patrol……LAPD SWAT – Totally different in geogrphaic location, caliber of training and job description! Comparing apples to rotten bananas.

    3. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Yeah, GO TEAM! You’ll make the Special Olympics this year for sure!

    4. avatar ropingdown says:

      So this is what it’s come to. After crushing embarrassment upoin embarrassment, being video-taped missing eight out of ten shots, shooting the paper-delivery ladies, and so on, they’ve decided the only way to save face is henceforth only to work in the dark, with night-vision and lasers.

      Warning to pilots flying in and out of LAX: Buy a better grade of mirrored sunglasses immediately.

  4. avatar Swarf says:

    I hear green lasers show up better on dogs.

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    2. avatar LongBeach says:

      This is gold.

    3. avatar Andrew says:


      You are funny man.

  5. avatar Jus Bill says:

    “We are proud to have been selected by LAPD.” An LAPD SWAT operator noted that “A fully integrated no-light capability, including the DBAL-A2 laser system, has greatly enhanced our ability to complete our mission under any circumstance.” He added, “The inclusion of the high power green laser also allows us to direct precision fire on the assaulter level while wearing a gas mask or Patriot system, making our mission capabilities seamless across operating conditions.”

    My God, who talks like that? Send that guy off for a Psych Eval pronto.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      He’s likely perfectly sane.

      He also likely recently received good marks in a mid-level course in conversational marketroid, and is showing off his skills.

      1. avatar ropingdown says:

        Russ, I think he blew it the minute he used the phrase “at the assaulter level,” referring to his guys.

        1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

          I didn’t say he was making sense, just suggesting whence the gibberish.

    2. avatar 505markf says:

      That’s not cop-speak. I mean, what happened to “book ’em, Danno”, or “just the facts, ma’am” or “one-adam-twelve, see the man…” or even “Donuts!!! We’ve got DONUTS!!!!”?

      They’re sounding more and more like a caricature of some nameless, faceless, mid-level Pentagon bureaucrat. That may be the scariest thing about their militarization.

    3. avatar Ing says:

      You have to admit that it sounds a lot better than admitting they’ll still make the same human error as always, just with marginally better aim. And they’re never going to admit that all their tactical doodads are more likely to be used against innocent citizens when they make those no-knock raids on the wrong address than to help catch criminals.

      George Orwell has it covered:

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        Orwell was indeed singular.

    4. avatar Andrew says:

      Why didn’t they just come out and say “These make the guns go PEW PEW PEW faster and deadlier!”

    5. avatar Hank says:

      People who are trained to dehumanize their citizens into the assaulter level target points so they are more likely to place direct precision fire rather than hesitating to “kill fellow civilians.” That’s who.

      That, or a guy who thought Police Academy 1-127 were documentary and training videos.

    6. avatar BDub says:

      Certainly doesn’t sound like policing, does it?

  6. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Wear red — dull crimson; it’ll be absorbed rather than reflect, even more completely than with black.


  7. avatar JeremyR says:

    Soon every tin hat wannabe thug mayor will have his own personal brown shirt army. We need to demilitarize the police. 90% of what they use SWAT for is garbage.

  8. avatar Don says:

    How much more of this police militarization are we going to PAY FOR??? Wake up occupy movement and student protesters, when the swat police come out and beat your heads in and tear gas you and point their IR lasers at you from their APCs, you are PAYING FOR ALL OF THAT.

    Why so much preemptive counter-revolution?

    1. avatar JaxD says:

      Occupy movements and student protesters aren’t paying for shit, they’re just a bunch of lefty parasites.

      1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        A lot of the original occupy crowd were people who were mad as hell when their 401k went poof or were taken aback by no banker left behind.

        No doubt when my Enron stock went south I became a parasite as well.

        Stick it.

        1. avatar doesky2 says:

          No ….the occupy movement was more like the recent graduates in “womens studies” with 200K$ student loans that discovered that their diplomas were useless even though their leftists professors told them for 5 years that they were learning important stuff. Only thing is they got mad at “the man” instead of their schools.

        2. avatar Hank says:

          I was in NY state, and visited NYC during that mess. There was a surprising flow of cash in that movement. They at least had benefactors. Also, you’d be surprised how many of those protestors down in the city were really trust fund kids trying to stick it to their parents in a fit of Woodstockian angst.

        3. avatar JaxD says:

          Enron stock! Lol, you’re a winner on so many fronts. Got any more life lessons for us?

  9. avatar Mediocrates says:

    Fantastic! Hey fellas! Your squadron of F-18 Hornets is in the mail.

  10. avatar MattG says:

    How long before they start giving SWAT teams mk 19 grenade launchers?

    1. avatar 505markf says:

      What do you mean start? I’d bet big on major metro units already having automatic 40mm grenade launchers, no doubt purchased for a “rapid crowd-control device delivery mechanism.” Those cases of HE are in a deep dark corner of some supply warehouse. Just in case.

        1. avatar BDub says:

          I am disgusted. The day that some sheriff or town cop shoots at someone with an HE grenade launcher, ALL HELL SHOULD COMMENCE TO BREAKING DA F*^K LOOSE!

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        You know all those “tear gas guns” so ubiquitous in the cities for 1st Amendment riot control? Those are what we used to call “Bloopers” when they first came out. Just get the HE rounds out of the warehouse and rock n’ roll…

  11. avatar Bob Wall says:

    IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) – WTF??? Do they plan on taking out planes, or “people not of the badge”? Of course, if it barks, it’s automatically the second “F” I can’t wait to see what counter-technology comes outta this. And when they shoot one of their first “F” own, as always, I’ll be smelling litigation.

  12. avatar 505markf says:

    My comments on previous posts not withstanding, I will admit that the green laser and IR units are drool worthy. Set up a thousand of them on some 300 Blackout ARs and give them away in a free raffle to hog hunters in Texas. Might finally see a drop in feral swine numbers…

    1. avatar ropingdown says:

      That’s my beef. The really good IR lasers aren’t available, except on “Department letterhead.”

  13. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    Green lasers helping SWAT hit their target one pet dog at a time.

  14. avatar mlk18 says:

    Oh no! Green lasers? What next? Shoes? Underwear? When will it stop!? I bet they are going to start giving cops bullets now! Only the military needs bullets! You know you guys sounds just like the anti’s with all this chicken little stuff.

    1. avatar Andrew says:

      3/10. Your troll-fu needs work, young grasshopper.

      Now to strap on my tinfoil hat:

      Personally I tend to the take the “long road” towards a conclusion. What I see is multiple civilian police forces feeding like piggies (sorry, didn’t mean that as a bad pun at all) at the DOD equipment trough, and then subsequently using literally every piece of over-wrought hardware they’ve scooped up in an attempt to justify having it. Do you need a f*cking APC to serve a low-level bench warrant?

      And YES, it appears the police are becoming overtly militarized in both their tactics, views of everyday civilians, and usage of inappropriate equipment. Police officers are positioning themselves as Dredd-like enforcers, and not members of the community who also happen to enforce the laws.

      Here in RI, the local Johnston RI force acquired some serious equipment and put on a big show for the local paper (select-fire weaponry, I believe a couple of humvee’s, and other goodies). First off, it was the stupidest communist-bloc style parade of “Look what we will kill you with!” equipment I have seen so far in my short lifetime. The other issue is THERE IS NO CRIME IN JOHNSTON RI.

      The issue here is NOT police acquiring equipment at cost or for free – the issue is police acquiring equipment that furthers the convergence of military and police forces in both scope, tactics, and use of force.

    2. avatar ropingdown says:

      mlk18: The green lasers are nothing. It is the equipping of SWAT with greater-than-5-milliwatt IR lasers for use in shooting sound-suppressed weapons in the dark with nigh-vision scopes and/or goggles which represents bringing the battlefield home. Within the US, where light, loudspeaker systems, and cordoning are all available, the enabling of raids in darkness in which the only possible witnesses are exactly the people with night vision gear on, is a step closer to complete unaccountability. Temptation soon becomes transgression.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    With those new lasers, the next two Asian ladies that try to deliver their newspapers are toast.


  16. avatar C says:

    other than the mall ninja bullshit and needless government spending, BFD.

  17. avatar ropingdown says:

    Iraquistan comes home. They find out “real assaulters” do it in the night. So now Compton residents get to know how it feels to live in a small Baluchistan village. That’s gonna go over soooo well.

    “Our wars in the impoverished Muslim hinterlands just generate more dead-enders bent on terror,”
    Well, then it must be a good recipe stateside, eh? That worked!

  18. avatar Crunkleross says:

    Will green lasers make identifying the correct house to assault easier?

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      No, but using a light to read the address would.

      Unfortunately, as that would betray the presence of the no-knockers (the b00bless?) they prefer to guess which house.

      That works about 40% of the time, netting crooks and brownie buttons; the rest of the time, it’s called “practice.”

  19. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

    And none of this tech will help the LA gang problem

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Sure it will. The gangs will have these toyz soon too.

  20. avatar Maersk says:

    A lot of misplaced anger on here, I fully understand the concern when a small nowhere town starts acquiring military equipment , but all of you are completely failing to understand the reality of LA. When body armored men using fully auto ak47’s w. armor Piercing rounds takes people hostage what do you do? How can a Patrol level officer deal with that level of firepower? They cannot. They are outmatched, and if you’re one of the hostages who’s life is on the line , you’renot gonna be cOmplaining about the purchase of equipment that helps
    These guys take on criminals who aren’t restricted by what they can buy. Look it Up, who stopped some of the Burbank robbers? Swat rushing up to them in a car.
    LA started swat because of confrontations with groups wielding and using fully auto weapons and advanced tactics. This is not some Podunk town.
    It’s an insult that so many of you are so Willfully ignorant. Go ahead And hate police based on over sensationalized news stories. Lapd needs swat. Anyone who thinks otherwise is blind to the realities of that city.

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