Lasers for Military Use, K-9 Training Units and Law Enforcement

May 13, 2024
By Alpec
A handler in a police K-9 unit walks his dog

Just like a surgical strike team, a laser pointer for police, military, and law enforcement is sought-after for its exceptional accuracy over long distances and as a powerful teaching tool for K-9 handlers and others.

A Laser Pointer for Police, K-9 Training Units, and Military

Laser pointers are not a new tool in the military or law enforcement. They have been a part of tactical presentations for years. A laser pointer, for police, sometimes called an army laser pen, is a powerful teaching tool.  A laser’s effectiveness is its accuracy. A K-9 trainer’s gesture can provide pinpoint information to his animal companion, guiding the dog to the next room or area that they need to clear. It is a small, handheld tool that streamlines communication between human and dog or human and human. 

A laser’s precision pointing is its power. According to Chief Tim Barfield and other K-9 trainers, green is the preferred color for training dogs. It allows for contrast to the red laser pointers often used by SWAT teams.

A Pen-sized Laser Pointer

As anyone who has taught recruits or conducted follow-up training with experienced staff knows, handheld laser pointers can be used to direct attention during a presentation. Police and law enforcement typically prefer green laser pointers to point out potential targets or areas of concern before entering. 

Why green? Outdoors during the day, green laser light is easy to see. It does not “disappear” as other colors might. It is easy to see over vast distances – over a mile! For these reasons, Alpec’s most popular green laser pointer is the Sotonic Green Laser Pointer

An Assistant to Verbal Communication

Laser pointers can help military and law enforcement personnel do their job more efficiently. As discussed above, the laser pointer’s powerful and bright green lasers are easy to see over long distances. They are also used for military landing zones at night. They are much easier to use than a flare and can create marked areas that are safe for helicopters to land. 

Keep in mind that outdoors during the day, most laser light colors seem to disappear in sunlight. Our green laser pointers are 30 times brighter than red making them the best choice for most conditions. We also like this Duo Red and Green Laser Pointer. It emits both red and green light for those times when more is more. Bonus: Alpec’s laser pointers are extremely durable, too.

Which Laser Pointer Pen is Best for Law Enforcement, Military and K-9 Trainers?

Most laser pointers preferred for law enforcement, military and K-9 trainers are one-touch button laser pens and laser pointers. The smooth action of the buttons on all of Alpec’s green laser pointers make the transition from belt clip to hand seamless. For tactical presentations, the Sotonic Green Laser Pointer is our most popular model because of its range of over a mile and sleek black finish.

This post is updated and originally appeared on May 24, 2022