By: Associated Press, sclawyersweekly.com
COLUMBIA (AP) – People who run from the police do so for a reason, but that reason is usually shortsighted, said Geoff Alpert, a University of South Carolina criminal justice professor who studies high-speed pursuits and has helped departments write their policies.“The myth is there’s a dead body in the trunk or that these are bad, violent criminals and, for the most part, they’re not. A lot of them are car thieves,” he said.
Some say GPS tracking technology has limited the need for some high-speed pursuits. Law enforcement agencies around the country are using equipment from StarChase, a Virginia Beach-based company, to tag the cars of fleeing suspects. Officers can launch the GPS tag from the front bumper of their patrol car, or using a handheld launcher.
Alpert said it’s more than 90 percent effective at apprehending suspects without causing a collision, but he hasn’t heard of any S.C. agency using this technology, mainly because of the cost. The money needed to defend lawsuits following high-speed chases doesn’t come out of the budget of law enforcement agencies, but money for that technology does, he said. One of the few S.C. lawmakers with police experience said he knows the hazards of such pursuits first-hand and would like to see some change.
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