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A new kind of police siren that emits low-frequency vibrations, is making waves -- quite literally -- in the town of Bartow, Fla. Although pedestrians may find it unpleasant, officers think it's a safer and more effective means of announcing their presence.

"I don't know if I could go back to a regular siren and feel safe with it," Bartow Officer Bryan Dorman told WTSP.

Co-developed by a former Florida highway patrol officer, the Howler works by sending out a low-frequency vibration people can feel from up to 200 feet away. With electronic distractions becoming an ever-present part of our lives, the addition of the vibration to the lights and audible siren could be an invaluable safety tool.

Hundreds of police departments around the country have started using the system, including the NYPD.

While officers think the Howler is an effective device, not everyone thinks it's such a good idea. Noise control groups have voiced their opposition, calling the siren "disorienting."

"[The] siren easily triggers an involuntary stress response commonly known as 'fight or flight.' This results in the secretion of adrenaline, with ensuing spikes in cardio-respiratory rates, muscle tension, and elevated blood pressure," claims NoiseOFF, a coalition aimed at reducing noise pollution. "Infrasound is low frequency sound energy that affects the nervous system and prolonged exposure can lead to progressive medical conditions."

Police officers and noise-control groups may not agree on the Howler's viability as a safety tool, they concur on one thing: You know when a police car is coming.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      wow that's so cool how a you tube channel guys please thanks
      smileandactnice8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay! More tools for the oppressor to keep us down and "in line"... Wait til they get their first lawsuit for causing a heart-patient's implant to go all wonky... Instead of wasting money on all this crap, why don't they actually go arrest people who are killing, raping and murdering???
      beemerboxer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another small addition to the greatest polluting agent on the planet; NOISE. I do not know anyone who is not aware of a police, ambulance or fire truck siren as they are. So now this "howler" is set to join the thump boxes, car radios and other hideous noises that take away the hope of a little peace.
      bellered
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what big cities like NYC need -- an intensified source of noise. I'm sure this won't bother anyone. In all my time spent in the Big Apple, I've hardly ever seen or heard a police car. This won't be annoying at all.
      Thamra
      • 3 Years Ago
      It keeps getting better every year doesn't it.
      Kathy Stefani
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm amazed at how the ones in authority are concerned over our safety. Where are their concerns over pollution, radiation spewing from decaying power plants, fracking pollutuing our water, air and ground, imported products coming in tainted and uninspected including food ,medical, etc, and the foods and medicines here not being inspected? Safety gets thrown out the window in these issues. It's just a tactic to control the public, while claiming it something that it is not actually intended.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kathy Stefani
        I just want to know Kathy that with nuclear energy you can actually encase spent fuel rods in concrete lead glass mixtures and practically sleep next to the stuff. With Nuclear if done right you can not only have a clean safe energy but plenty of it too! Something along the lines of 200 mega watts of power! Or 200 * 1000 watt light bulbs! Don't get get lost in the lies of nuclear, its a proven technology that the Navy has mastered for over 60 years!
      HELLRAISER
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how that works around car alarms? I'd think it would set them off.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "I don't know if I could go back to a regular siren and feel safe with it," Bartow Officer Bryan Dorman told WTSP. Really?!!! This guy carries a loaded weapon and so do his partners! Would you feel safer if you car was equipped with a flame thrower?
        vetracer119
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you know how many drivers drive around with their stereos w.f.o. and a cell phone in their ear. They dont see or hear the cops until they are next to them or right behind them. Our police need all the help they can get, their jobs are dangerous enough. I wish I could pull my shot gun and blow away these stereos that are so loud and vibrate there little 5000.00 Honda Civic off the road. They spend thousands on a stereo and puit it in a Pinto.
      heyyylildevii
      • 3 Years Ago
      After watching these Cops, I've learned one thing. They're power junkies, and NUTS. At ease, Osama bin laden's dead, Officer.
      rbrtkyte
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait just a minute!! ,They fined thousands of people for having loud stereos and now this is OK ?? FOUL !! There are people out there that could have a heart attack if they heard this suddenly !! Congratulations Grady Judd,Your crayon is getting duller!
      mathomps
      • 3 Years Ago
      What next? Bulldozers to get us out of their way? Blinding lasers if we dare look at them?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never want to have the Police Dept to ever have any reason to pull me over, but if they were to have to, I would much rather have the officer have a taser and this siren at his side rather than a gun.. I think the siren and a taser gun are a lot less painful and destructive than a bullet ... All the people complaining are too much, if you didnt do anything wrong the Police wouldnt bother you, they Im sure would rather be doing something else too ...
        sforcesrcg
        • 3 Years Ago
        tell that to the officer who confronts an armed suspect with an AK-47 and the officer only has a taser. That is a scary situation
        • 3 Years Ago
        "If you didn't do anything wrong the Police wouldn't bother you..." LoL, keep dreamin' kid.
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