Brite-Strikes DLC Flashlight Has More Than One Way To Protect You

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Brite-Strike Illumination is a company producing high end flashlights for police as well as the civilian market. The company was started by two police officers and is still officer owned and staffed.

The company was started by Officers Brian Bushee and John Neal. These officers were just not satisfied with the currently available lights and set out to create an illumination system offering improvements over current illumination products with some extras for a second layer of protection.

Steve just wrote an article on the mating of a handgun and camera. We’ll call this a modern version with a bit of a variation but the same idea as far as documentation of encounters.

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Yes I’m holding back on one of the better features. It’s time to go in depth on the DLC-200-4-MIL-RC. The DLC is an abbreviation of the name of the unit that is Duty Light Camera. Yes this light has a built in video camera!

You may be thinking this is a police item what has it got to do with civilians? It has a lot to do with civilians. In our litigious society the ability to record video of an encounter is just as important for the citizen as it is for officers. Video is the single most useful advantage any person can have when it’s time to go to court.

From my own personal experience I can attest to the value of video in the court room.. Years ago I had an encounter that was recorded by a local tv station. I got a copy of the video and presented it to the court. After being sworn in and swearing that the video was a true and accurate representation of the events the video was played. I watched as the judge turned a bright red and subsequently gave the suspect twice the usual sentence for his crime.

For the civilian user of the DLC the level of protection goes one step further. When going to the police after an incident the video can be played for the investigators as well as the courts. The DLC gives any owner an invaluable tool not only for illumination but documentation.

The DLC is not only a digital recorder it’s also a very bright light. The three light functions are high/low and strobe. The stats below give you an idea of the capabilities of the upgraded model DLC.

Features:

• Aircraft grade aluminum construction with hard anodized finish

• Super bright state of the art LED with DC/DC power management

• High/Lo/Strobe
• High: Up to 310 lumens, Lo: Up to 170 lumens

• 2.5 hours of run time on high power setting / over 8+ hours on low

• 50,000+ hour LED life span
• Rechargeable Lithium Battery

• Integrated CMOS Color Video Camera, with audio

• Latest 3GP video format

• 4GB video storage capacity

• Approximately 6 hours of video record time

• Active array size: 640 x 480 pixels

• 58° viewing angle

• Downloads directly to your computer via USB cable (included)

• Independent video On/Off switch with video activation indicator light, audio may be deactivated

• 120 volt AC & 12 volt vehicle charger (included)

• Water Resistant and Shock Resistant

• 1 Year Limited Warranty

The package contains the DLC an ac/dc charger for home and car. A USB cable is included to connect to a laptop or desktop computer for video and audio transfer and storage. A single rechargeable battery (the DLC runs on this one battery). In the butt of the tail cap is a light diffuser which can be used or left stored until needed.

Operating the DLC is very simple. The blue button on the top is depressed once to activate the light in the high mode, one more click for low and finally one more click for the strobe function, which is also at the higher power setting. Just above the lower portion of the switch is another button. The two buttons also have a different shape so you know which function is which without looking. The upper button activates the video function. It must be held down for one second to activate this function so that a user won’t inadvertently activate the video without intending to.

On the backside from the blue control button is a rubber seal, which protects the microphone and charging port. The video lens can be seen just below the LED light in the front of the unit.

You’ll also note the front and rear of the DLC has crenelated edges for striking if needed.

The picture below shows all of the operations and features of the DLC. Just click the picture for a larger version that will make it easier to read the print.

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One accessory I have for mine is the Roto-Loc holster. This holster can be adjusted to fit about any belt size or molle attachment. The light is firmly locked but still easily removed for handheld use. While in the holster the user can also rotate the light 360 degrees for use without removal from the holster.
MSRP is $60 for the Roto-Loc.

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Mine has been run through the mill over the last eight months and still works as it did new. I haven’t had to buy a new battery either. I’ve left it submerged in a bowl of water overnight and the interior was just as dry as when I dropped it in there the night before.

The DLC has an MSRP of approximately $500 but can be had for less at a retail establishment. It’s worth the investment for the light and video camera in one. Endorsed by the National Tactical Officers Association.

Watch the below videos of the DLC video quality:

Rifle Fire
http://www.brite-strike.com/DLCvideos/RIFLE-FIRE.AVI

Pistol Fire
http://www.brite-strike.com/DLCvideos/PISTOL-FIRE.AVI

Home Search
http://www.brite-strike.com/DLCvideos/HOME-INSPECTION.AVI

Outdoor-Indoor
http://www.brite-strike.com/DLCvideos/OUTSIDE-TO-INSIDE.AVI

Interior Natural Lighting
http://www.brite-strike.com/DLCvideos/INTERIOR-NATURAL-LIGHTING.AVI




Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • MP

    Unfortunately I don’t see a password protected Read-Only mode for the camera.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Nope but I don’t see a problem

      • mp
        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Florida law on recording conversation with officers. Not legal.

          Electronic surveillance falls under the state’s conventional wiretap laws, which also include data communications and telephone surveillance in the Sunshine State. The law applies to citizens who record or film private communication with law enforcement without their permission. Failing to adhere to the law is a crime.
          Further:

          Florida’s law is a “two-person consent” law. This means the recorder must obtain approval from the person(s) he’s recording or filming to make the act legally recognized when the recording or filming is of a private conversation. If the recorder doesn’t obtain an approval and records a private conversation, the recorder is violating the wiretap law. Therefore, a citizen can’t record or film a communication using a video camera or other recording device with a law enforcement officer unless the citizen has permission from the officer.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Why would you need that?

      • mp

        evidence preservation

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          You really don’t need to go that far. The officer takes it to the property room checks it in on disc.Checked out by the officer for court then goes back and checks it in at the property room once again.
          The chain of evidence is preserved so there’s no problem.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Spiegel/100000495796324 Bryan Spiegel

        With the thousands of documented cased on YouTube of officers going after people for recording actions, claiming that it is illegal when it is in fact not, why would we trust anyone with evidence before we had time to back it up?

        I wouldn’t give any evidence willingly to police until I had time to talk to legal council. I have more to loose, and dont have a municipal body to pay for my time in court.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Some states and municipalities do have laws preventing officers from being recorded. If the entity doesn’t have that law it’s not illegal unless the one filming gets in the officers face or interferes in the incident.
          Should that happen the person filming can be charged with disorderly conduct up to interfering with governmental operations.
          Officers are trusted each day with the dash cam recordings that are secured in the trunk.
          As I said earlier if you want council by all means hold out for one before doing anything including statements.

    • Laserbait

      And Triple DES encryption for the storage.

  • Dale

    This is a really interesting, and potentially life-altering product. By providing a scalable force option, as well as audio and video from the user’s viewpoint, you can get as close to an unadulterated first person perspective as currently possible. I’m curious to see how these videos are interpreted in a court of law.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It honestly could be a life saver in court. Not only do judges get more involved in the video than they would testimony they tend to give offenders longer sentences. After my case The judge made the comment that he wished we had that to use in every case.

      • Dale

        I had a friend of mine use electronic evidence in court to justify her request for a restraining order against a violent individual. The initial evidence was provided in the form of text messages and recorded audio. After her initial court date where a provisional order was issued against the individual, she was confronted and assaulted again in an area under CCTV surveillance; the judge immediately awarded her the maximum protection allowed in her state by means of restraining order after a quick look at the footage.

        The interesting thing about the flashlight technology is that the video and audio it records is so limited in scope and duration that one could argue that any footage and audio recorded from using it in a self-defense situation cannot be deemed inadmissible in a court of law, as it is prima facie evidence of a crime being committed.

  • nobody

    /quote/

    For the civilian user of the DLC the level of protection goes one step
    further. When going to the police after an incident the video can be
    played for the investigators as well as the courts.

    /end quote/

    One should make sure to make a copy of the video before giving it to the police as it might suddenly go missing because it protects a police officer or someone that the police officers like, hell in todays political climate I wouldn’t be supprised to see something go missing because it benefits a certain political cause.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Nothing wrong with having a copy if someone felt it was needed because
      the confront ation might be a little iffy. All you need is to make a
      copy on cd and give it to them–keeping one for yourself. Certainly have
      an attorney just because it’s a good idea. Even we officers usually
      asked for an attorney from our union.

      As far as something going
      missing I seriously doubt that. In 30 years I’ve never seen that happen.
      I can assure you if it was a civilian vs officer confrontation the PD
      and fellow officers would be as anxious to get rid of a bad officer as
      you would be. Of course that happening would be beyond rare.

      People really can be to mistrusting of the police. Only a tiny number are bad. It happens as it does in any profession.

      • Lolinski

        Hope this doesn’t break the “no politics” rule but:

        Police constables have the same problem as firearm enthusiasts have, that is few ruin things for many.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          That’s true in any walk of life. There are idiots who ruin it for everyone else.

  • soniwar

    3gp is ancient. Should have been h264 video