By: Bambi Majumdar, exclusive.multibriefs.com
Recent headlines related to police chases gone awry or near-misses are disturbing. But they also explain why law enforcement officials are looking at advanced police pursuit technologies. They want to do their jobs better and without any tragic consequences or risking officer safety. Police departments, such as ones in Massachusetts, have announced that they are looking for new methods of pursuit, ones that can help forgo such high-speed chases.
Departments across the country want to use their resources better and reduce risks for suspects and officers in situations like these. They are re-evaluating policies, aiming to minimize chase-related crashes and the casualties associated with them. Unfortunately, most of these tech tools are too expensive for cash-strapped local departments. On top of that, they also suffer from underfunded training budgets that inhibit progress in this sphere.
But the departments are hopeful. Some, like the Methuen Police Department, have adopted a GPS tracking device that’s cruiser-launched. The department hopes this will allow officers to avoid chases in the future. Departments like the Pittsburg, California, PD have averred that the use of the GPS public safety technology has significantly reduced vehicle pursuits. At the same time, officers have been able to identify and arrest the individuals who were fleeing from the police. One of the most popular devices in this category is a product from StarChase. The soda can-sized device is filled with foam and the tracking device and has a sticky pad on one end.
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