Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Eight Fort McCoy police officers attended a traffic
laser operation class to learn about the technology that is scheduled to
be implemented at Fort McCoy in the near future to support and enhance
Members of the Fort McCoy Police
Department use laser equipment, under the guidance of Lt. Chris
Neuman (center), to monitor vehicles traveling on State Highway
Wisconsin State Patrol Academy Executive Officer Lt.
Chris Neuman taught the class, which meets the requirements of the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the State of
Wisconsin. Neuman is a certified instructor through the University of
North Florida Institute of Police Technology and Management. He teaches
courses about the technology on request throughout the country.
“This technology only can be used in a stationary vehicle or mode to
measure distances and speeds of target vehicles,” Neuman said. The laser
is very accurate and can be used in traffic crash investigations to
allow more rapid and safer clearance of a scene by replacing a tape
measure to calculate distances, Neuman added.
Fort McCoy Police Department Patrol Operations Officer Maj. Robert
Nordby said the main purpose of the training is to give the police
department another tool to reduce driver speed, and improve overall
Fort McCoy police officers currently use radar to monitor speed. Nordby
said radar use is not as effective as laser equipment in detecting
speeding in specific vehicles in a high-traffic, multi-vehicle
situation, such as vehicles passing through troop areas or troops in
“The laser will let us target specific vehicles,” Nordby said. “It also
shows the community that we have an active, visible police department
working to ensure safety. This will help us get the speed of vehicles
In addition to helping monitor the speed of vehicles, the new technology
also can provide police officers with an additional tool to measure
distances. Nordby said this would be particularly helpful, for example,
in measuring the size of loads on oversize vehicles coming through the
gates, and help officers tell these drivers the best route to take to
ensure proper clearances.
Nordby and Neuman said the two agencies are working to share knowledge
and specific skills/expertise and reduce travel time and costs for
“We’re fortunate to have an agency like this at Fort McCoy,” Nordby
said. “We can do more with less by working together.”
Fort McCoy police officers have received taser training from academy
personnel and may work together on other training, such as the canine
program, he said.
Training on the use of the lasers will be ongoing, Nordby said. The
police department will continue to pursue new equipment and technology
as it becomes available to enhance traffic safety at the installation.