(Disconnect the charging cord if connected) Remove the TRAP from its stored location and retrieve the tire deflation device (TDD).
Place the TRAP and tire deflation device 4ft to 6ft away from the roadway. Retrieve the snap link attached with a hook and loop strap on the right side of the TRAP and connect it to one end of the TDD. Next, retrieve the key FOB remote from the elastic pocket located on the left side of the TRAP.
(USE EXTREME CAUTION) The next step involves positioning either the TDD or the TRAP on the opposite side of the roadway. To position the TRAP on the opposite side of the roadway, grasp the case handle with the snap link and rope side facing the tire deflation device. (LOOK BOTH WAYS FOR TRAFFIC) Quickly move to the opposite side of the road. To position the TDD on the opposite side of the roadway repeat the step above after grasping hold of the TDD. Placement should also be 4ft to 6ft from the roadway.
Once the TRAP or TDD is positioned across the roadway, move to a safe and tactical location. Select a position that will allow a clear unobstructed view of the approaching suspect vehicle while providing protection from vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed. Extend the FOB antenna and prepare to press the on button to activate the TRAP. (RADIO OTHER UNITS TO GIVE THE LOCATION OF THE TRAP)
The TRAP can be used in two ways:
1. The TDD stopped in the roadway
2. The TDD continually moving
Pressing the ON button on the FOB will start the TRAP and the TRAP will continually pull the TDD across the roadway until it reaches the TRAP. (If the TDD is not stopped before it reaches the TRAP the pulling rope may break. SEE: (RESETTING THE ROPE) below if this occurs. The OFF button must be pressed to stop the motor) If the constant moving method is used, timing when to start the TRAP will depend on the speed of the suspect vehicle. It’s recommended that the TDD be positioned next to the suspect’s lane of travel to DECREASE the approaching distance before the FOB ON button is pressed.
Depending on the TRAP motor speed the TDD will travel 2 traffic lanes in approximately 3 seconds. E: (RESETTING THE ROPE) below if this occurs. The OFF button must be pressed to stop the motor) If the constant moving method is used, timing when to start the TRAP will depend on the speed of the suspect vehicle. It’s recommended that the TDD be positioned next to the suspect’s lane of travel to DECREASE the approaching distance before the FOB ON button is pressed.
Depending on the TRAP motor speed the TDD will travel 2 traffic lanes in approximately 3 seconds.
Pursuing law enforcement vehicles will have a better chance of avoiding the TDD if they know which direction the TRAP is pulling. The recommendation is to tell pursuing officers to stay left or right.
Retrieve the TRAP and TDD after the suspect passes and all pursuing vehicles pass your location. The TRAP and TDD can be placed in the rear seat of your vehicle if a new TRAP set up location is required in the event the suspect did not run over the TDD.
RESETTING THE ROPE
To reset the rope in the event it breaks open the TRAP by pulling up on the two front latches. The reset tool is attached to the inside bottom of the lid. Retrieve the tool by grasping the handle. Insert the hook end from the outside of the TRAP through the rubber grommet on the lower right side of the TRAP. After locating the rope end make a loop with the rope and feed it onto the hook of the reset tool. Pull the reset tool out of the rubber grommet and retrieve the rope. A new snap link is attached to the inside of the TRAP lid if needed. (TIP) It is recommended that a loop knot be tied approximately 1ft from the end of the rope. This helps to prevent losing the end of the rope on the spool if the rope breaks. Once the rope is reset return the resetting tool to its storing location and close the lid. Be sure to relock the front two latches.