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NCJ Number: 211939 Find in a Library
Title: Waste Not, Want Not
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on envisioned correctional and law enforcement uses for the Portable Environmental Toilet (PETT) that emerged from a demonstration at the January 2004 meeting of the Advisory Council of the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC).
Abstract: PETT has been marketed primarily to campers. PETT is about the size of a standard U.S. toilet, but it breaks down to approximately the size of a large briefcase. Each individual uses his/her own powder-filled removable plastic bag, which zips shut for transport away from remote sites where the PETT is used. Instead of water or chemicals, the PETT system uses a vegetable-based powder enclosed in each plastic bag. The powder gels the waste products into a semisolid, whitish material. Because the double-layered, puncture-resistant bags are biodegradable, they can be placed in any garbage can. A privacy tent (4-foot x 4-foot base) comes with stakes and its own backpack carrying case. The demonstration of PETT before OLETC's Advisory Council included a "brainstorming" session on how the PETT might by used in law enforcement and correctional settings. Suggested uses in correctional settings included the following: to determine whether inmates passed swallowed balloons containing drugs; when natural disasters cause correctional facilities to lose running water; when transporting prisoners, so rest-area stops are not needed; for inmate road crews; and when temporary outside guard posts are used. Some suggested law enforcement uses are for SWAT teams on extended training exercises in the wilderness; for officers using a van on a stakeout; and for lengthy, remote crime scene investigations. Although many uses for the PETT were suggested, no modifications of the product were required for the suggested uses.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Inmate sanitary facilities; Science and Technology; Technology transfer
Note: From TechBeat, Fall 2004; downloaded October 28, 2005.
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