Chemical Identification for Law Enforcement
When positive identification is the only option
To protect the public from an unknown source of radiation or chemical attack, police departments must use a range of radiation detectors to suited for a variety of targets such as buildings, parks, parades, races or special events. Our personal radiation detectors can quickly pinpoint the location of radioactive sources, allowing officers to respond to the exact location of a threat. Our portable chemical identification instruments enable testing and identification of potential chemical threats in the field so officers can act quickly.
Chemical identification for law enforcement categories
When faced with chemical agents, dirty bombs, and unknown chemicals in the field, first responders need to act fast. Thermo Scientific portable chemical analyzers deliver the rapid, reliable, field-based chemical identification they need to protect themselves, mitigate the scene, and safely execute their mission.
Quickly distinguish between naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and radiation from man-made sources such as nuclear weapons, improvised nuclear devices (INDs), or radiological dispersal devices (RDDs). Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a variety of portable radiation detection devices and instruments for continuous monitoring and immediate alert to a variety of radiation types.
Optimize efficiency by integrating radiation monitoring systems into one solution. Our multifaceted tool set integrates a variety of environmental and industrial process radiation monitoring instruments. It provides real-time monitoring for applications such as radiological hotspot identification, environmental contamination detection, or routine security surveillance.
Concern is growing that the widespread availability of radiological materials may result in a dirty bomb attack. Protecting the public from an unknown source of radiation is significantly challenging, but there are several steps that law enforcement agencies can take to make sure that unsecured sources of radioactive materials do not lead to a dirty bomb attack.
Thermo Fisher Scientific offers rugged, fit-for-purpose, handheld instruments that bring the power of Raman and FTIR spectroscopy directly to the hazard zone to provide specific, actionable data— enabling CBRN teams and first responders to act faster than ever before.
Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is a form of vibrational spectroscopy that provides excellent selectivity for material identification in applications such as hazmat, unknown chemical identification, pharmaceutical raw material identification, and explosives precursor identification.
Visit the FTIR Technology page for a general overview on how FTIR works, and for application-specific information.
To learn the fundamentals of Raman spectroscopy, visit the Raman Spectroscopy Academy.