It’s been a successful first year of business. I’d like to welcome aboard Peel Regional Police to the SAR-1 world and our returning SAR partners; the Windsor Police Service and Kingston Police Service. My biggest observation I made during this past year was the passion behind doing the right thing to save one’s life. That passion is one of our most valuable resources in SAR and what makes us different from others in society. Sometimes it’s not easy but it’s necessary. Over this past year I delivered Basic Searcher Courses, Project Lifesaver, and a UAS Ground School. Each course was customized to meet the needs of the client and they can now say they meet the standard. I was proud to return to Windsor this past fall for a second course where all the students were successful in graduating.
Aside from the training, I also spoke at the Virginia State UAS Conference in Charlottesville, the National Missing Persons Conference in Atlanta, and the Airborne Law Enforcement Conference in New Orleans. All these conferences had something in common… data. It’s something that we need to leverage more often in SAR as it is the future for SAR. We have witnessed its value over the years through Robert Koester’s Lost Person Behaviour, which revolutionized Search Theory and Tactics through statistics and his analytics. This is a part of what I call “The Science of SAR” and future of our industry.