Our Story

Our team has assisted law enforcement, military, and security personnel throughout the United States and across the globe. The Second Sight Training Systems (SSTS) Team has a diverse background in law enforcement, research, and software and systems development. Our diversity of experience is the reason for our success.

Our goal at SSTS is to assist the men and women of the defense, security, and law enforcement communities in their efforts to protect property and the public.

The basis for our work is the research and techniques developed as part of the Just Doesn’t Look Right Project (JDLR). The JDLR Project was a United States Department of Defense (DoD) funded research program focused on identifying behavioral indicators of threat. The JDLR Project team was led by our Research Director (Dr. Nathan Meehan) who worked closely with Mr. Christopher Strange and Mr. Michael McClary on the JDLR Project for five years.

The JDLR Project focused on the understanding of how and why law enforcement use behavior to identify threats. Data collection involved interviews and focus groups within federal, state and local law enforcement. Organizations which collaborated on the JDLR Project include:

· North Carolina State Highway Patrol · Boston Police Department (MA) · Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (NC)
· Houston Police Department (Texas) · Denver Police Department (CO) · Schenectady Police Department (NY)
· Glenville Police Department (NY) · Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (NV) · Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (CA)
· Los Angeles Police Department (CA) · International Narcotics Interdiction Association · The United States Secret Service
· Maryland State Police    

Findings associated with this project have been used to support military and law enforcement personnel deployed to a variety of complex missions. Reports documenting JDLR Project findings include:

  • Behavioral Indicators of Legal and Illegal Gun Carrying
  • Behavioral Indicators of Drug Carrying in Open Spaces
  • Behavioral Indicators of Drug Courier in Airports
  • Behavioral Indicators During a Police Interdiction

Our techniques are practitioner derived and molded through science. Course techniques have been transitioned to law enforcement and military personnel in the US and abroad.  Please contact us to learn more.

Our Team

Nathan Meehan Ph.D.

Dr. Meehan led the JDLR Project research team while he was a Social Scientist at United States Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Adversarial Modeling Exploitation Office. At the NRL, he also successfully conducted short- and long-term projects for both the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security on topics ranging from crime analysis to the development of web-based research platforms for visual search. He earned his Ph.D. at the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York Albany. Dr. Meehan is also a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst and worked as the Lead Crime and Intelligence Analyst for the Schenectady Police Department. As an analyst, he also assisted on an FBI Operation Safe Streets (OSS) Taskforce targeting violent gang members. Dr. Meehan has also instructed a variety of online and traditional undergraduate college course for SUNY Albany, Excelsior College, and the University of Maryland Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

As Research Director for Second Sight Training Systems, Dr. Meehan responsible for developing and implementing course content, evaluation of existing course techniques and processes, the development of new training materials, and the transition of that research into practice.

Research Director
Research Director

Christopher Strange

Tactical Training Officer/Detective
Schenectady Police Department, New York (Ret)

Christopher has over 29 years of experience in military operations, law enforcement and tactical training. He began his career with the U.S. Army 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  Christopher has held several positions within law enforcement including Patrol Officer, Community Police Officer, Field and Tactical Training Officer, SWAT Team Leader/Instructor and Detective in the Investigative Services Bureau. He was a member of the Directed Patrol Unit with responsibilities that included street level drug enforcement with a focus on dealers in high crime areas and collection of gang intelligence.  Christopher was the Lead Street Survival Tactics Instructor for N.Y. State's Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy. He spent the last 5 years of his law enforcement career as a Special Federal Officer with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, targeting violent street gangs. From 2010-20016, Christopher supported the JDLR Project as a consultant for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). With the NRL he was actively engaged in research and development relating to the JDLR Project and was  deployed five times to Uruguay to provide pre-deployment training to Uruguayan military personnel slated to be deployed to UN missions in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As Training Director for Second Sight Training Systems, Christopher manages our Course Instructor staff, providing Instructor training, course scheduling and staff deployment operations.

 

 

Training Director
Training Director