In March of 2001 the president of Fox Labs International met with the president of *Pine Tree Law Enforcement Products of Canada, and they immediately found they shared a philosophy that put making money second to providing superior quality products and service to law enforcement and military professionals. Based upon this firm, (and in these times) unique foundation, the two men started working together to find ways to reach the greatest number of professionals with their superlative products and training programs. The initial collaboration was to hold the first class for Fox Labs Defense Spray Master Instructors at Pine Tree’s Canadian facility. The international class included law enforcement professionals from the four corners of the North American map: Texas at the south, Washington state in the west, North Carolina for the east, Quebec in the north, and many other areas of both the US and Canada. The class proved to be a great success and the next step was to wait for the right timing to bring these two great companies’ products and services together for the common good. The tragedy of September 11th proved to be the catalyst.
Pine Tree had a conceptual blueprint for a less-lethal weapon that had been shelved for 23 years. With the advent of needing a less-lethal weapon that could be easily carried and even concealed, yet that would not cross contaminate passengers, or put a hole in an aircraft, the timing was appropriate to resurrect the project—The Defender Series 20-Gauge Revolver was born.
Throughout 2001-2002 Fox Labs and Pine Tree had built a following for the Fox Labs line of superlative defense sprays throughout Canada. Now, Pine Tree was ready to introduce The Defender to the world. Having already established a proven successful relationship, Fox Labs was the natural choice to introduce it to the American market. This natural progression of events led to an agreement to offer the entire Pine Tree line-up of absolutely incredible products via Fox Labs International and their distributors.
In March of 2005, in order to create the influx of cash required to continue to meet the growing needs of their R&D department, Pine Tree became Lamperd Less Lethal, a public company. The infusion of capital allowed Lamperd to purchase the extruding equipment necessary to mass-produce their patented WASP less lethal rounds. These, and their other less-lethal ammunitions continue to surpass those produced anywhere else, and they are responsible for innovations like tail stabilizers for sock rounds and rubber bullets. Their partnership with DuPont and Bayer to use new technologies for the improvement of less-lethal projectiles has resulted in improvements that will make the rounds even safer and will continue to revolutionize the industry.
Interlocking Riot Shields
Their Interlocking Riot Shields, first developed by Civil Defence, are used widely throughout the world, except in America. Pine Tree (Lamperd) improved them, and Fox Labs International has been enabling the U.S. law enforcement community and military forces to take crowd control and cell extractions to a new level. These shields are more than tools; they are also safety devices that will protect officers not only from various projectiles, but even liquids like Molotov cocktails!
Since 1993, Pine Tree (Lamperd) had been providing custom apparel, accessories, and training equipment to the Canadian law enforcement community and military forces. Their quality has been proven time after time after time in real field use and hundreds of classes. They have a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for creating custom items, too. Whether it is a specialty vest, holster, tactical jackets, pants, pouches, coveralls, or virtually anything in the fabric realm, Lamperd Less Lethal can provide it to you in a timely and cost effective package. Just one example is when the Canadian military came to Pine Tree (Lamperd) with the complaint that their rain jackets were too snug to fit over their tactical gear. Pine Tree (Lamperd) designed a new version that combined function with fit and comfort—and did so for a lesser cost than similar jackets in the market place that didn’t offer the same list of great features. Because Pine Tree (Lamperd) has such a sterling reputation, they were selected to be the North American manufacturer of the superb Peter Jones accessories line. These unique holsters for defense sprays, expandable batons, and handcuffs are already a proven success in the UK and Europe. We believe that once used by the North American LE community, particularly security personal, they will become a paramount choice here, too.
The robotics market is still relatively new to the LE and military communities, although as they have become more sophisticated, civilian organizations have been using them with greater frequency. Lamperd Less Lethal has combined the best of the robotics industry with the best in less-lethal technology to create a robot mounted with cameras, searchlight, and two 20-gauge revolvers making it the first and only product of its kind! Although this is a specialty item, Fox Labs believes it will become quickly apparent to those that can use it that this robot, and others utilizing the same kind of imagination and creativity will allow officers to do things that heretofore have been unattainable.
Lampered Less Lethal Training
Finally, the continued partnering with Lamperd Less Lethal for all of Fox Labs’ training will continue to set us apart and above all other manufacturing companies training courses. The width and breath of these programs are simply unmatched by any single company currently in the market. When you add the organizations and individuals that take this training, and are in turn taking it to their customers, it is easy to see why our network has not taken long to expand worldwide, and the philosophy of quality, safety and integrity has spread on its great merits.
Crowd Control Tanks
In 2006, after two years of evaluation, Fox Labs and Lamperd Less Lethal introduced the CCT (Crowd Control Tanks) unit for public order/riot control. Like all of the products Fox Labs has offered, it is unique. It has many features that are not available from other products. It is capable of projecting a stream of defense spray 10 meters (40 feet), for up to 2 minutes non-stop, or can fire up to 250 short, individual bursts. Because the system is contained in a backpack, it enables the officer who carries it to have complete freedom and use of both hands and arms. You can read more about this superlative weapon in our product pages under Pepper Sprays.
In 2002 we partnered with Pine Tree Law Enforcement Products*—the leading police research and manufacturing facility in Canada—to enable us to offer you an even greater assortment of products. (*Pine Tree went public and became Lamperd Less Lethal in 2005.)
However, the main criteria wasn’t just to add products, but to add products that would continue the legacy that Fox Labs has created: to bring you items that are the highest quality, field-proven effective and innovative products available in the world today. Lamperd’s products do that, precisely! But they do one thing more, and this too keeps in the tradition started by Fox Labs in 1992, and that is to be the first to offer the items in these categories to you.
You will certainly want to check out the biggest advancement in less-lethal firearms since the 1970’s with The Defender Series, less-lethal, 20-gauge revolvers. Although designed to supplement 12-gauge, 37 and 40mm weapons, you will see that this system is so accurate, safe, and versatile that it can replace other weapons in the category. This version has been categorized by the BATF for use by Police and Military only. The latest addition to this line-up is a two-shot derringer that has applications for civilians as well as for law enforcement professionals. The revolutionary, Interlocking Riot Shields have been used around the world for years, but they have been improved and are now being offered for the first time in America! Whether for the street and crowd control situations or in a jail or prison environment for cell extractions, you will see that there is nothing that provides officer protection in such a superb control tool. The addition of Lamperd’s apparel, accessories, and training equipment means you can have the same field-proven items, used most recently by Canadian forces in Afghanistan. Or, if you have the need, you can take advantage of a custom-made service that can usually provide you with a working prototype within 10-working days on most items. When it comes to less-lethal ammunition, no company is more cutting-edge than Lamperd. You will want to review what we currently offer and then keep checking our web page to see the new offerings that are currently being created and tested, even as you read this. You may or may not have heard of Peter Jones (ILG) Ltd., but they are “the” security accessories company in the United Kingdom. When you see their unique product line you will understand why they are fast becoming the accessories of choice by more and more law enforcement agencies throughout Europe, and soon North America. Finally, we are also offering a full line of robotics systems. If you want the exact system used in the World Trade Center searches, or a system used to diffuse explosives with high-powered water jets, or our newest—and exclusive—version that will combine robotics with our 20-gauge pistols, our new Crowd Control Tanks (CCT), or anything in between, you will find that Fox Labs will be able to deliver. This is a category that is on the leading edge of less lethal technology, and as these times makes tougher demands on law enforcement and military agencies these products will meet the demands head-on.
What good are outstanding products if you don’t have outstanding training programs to go with them?
Fox Labs and Lamperd bring to training what they bring to their product categories: unsurpassed leadership, experience-based agendas and proven integrity. This isn’t your typical training. If you are just looking to pay a fee and get a certification certificate, go somewhere else. Unlike other company-sponsored programs where payment of a fee and attendance guarantees certification, payment of your fee with our courses guarantees the best training available in the category, but no certification unless you fulfill the requirements and pass the tests. Although most of our classes will eventually be held at the 15-acre Lamperd Less Lethal Training Facility in Sarnia, Ontario, you will find links to our authorized trainers and their organizations that are located around the country. You won’t find a name on the list that hasn’t passed our unyielding standards, & you’ll find they won’t pass you unless you meet them, too.
The choice is simple. It isn’t the size of the company that makes its services and products desirable. It is the integrity and heart of the organization coupled with the proven quality of the products testified to by the officers that use them day after day. This should be your criteria. And the more facts you know about Fox Labs International and the products in these categories, the sooner you will be using Fox products, too.