On average, pursuit-related crashes result in. Eisenberg, March A compressed-air launcher, mounted behind the grille of a police cruiser, uses a laser to target the fleeing vehicle.
It deploys a GPS tag. Dispatch views location and movements of the tagged vehicle in real-time on a secure web-based mapping portal. Through the efficient use of technology, a high-speed chase is replaced with a safer interdiction technology. The American Civil Liberties Union weighed the benefits of GPS tracking technology when used during police pursuits against the privacy interests of the suspects attempting to flee arrest.
The StarChase system is a proven, less-lethal technology that provides a significant tactical advantage to law enforcement officers in failure-to-yield or high-risk flight situations. Once a vehicle is tagged it enables a dispatcher to track the suspect in real time using a web-based mapping program.
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The tracker sticks to the suspect vehicle as the officer backs off.
A supervisor can then track the car with a phone app and plan a stop at a safer location. Denver public safety officials launch map where you can explore that data — and more. The pilot program started Monday and officers have used the device twice to track and recover stolen vehicles, Thomas said. While the GPS tag is not meant to injure, the department recognized that a projectile about the size of a soup can would hurt if it missed its intended target.
Leaders developed policies to minimize that risk, including forbidding officers to use the tool to track motorcycles or convertibles. Police in Arvada and Aurora as well as many jurisdictions across the country already use similar systems, Thomas said. Nationally, about people are killed every year in pursuit-related crashes, according to a study by the U.
Bureau of Justice Statistics. The department already follows strict pursuit policies, Thomas said. Denver police are not allowed to chase cars that drive away from a traffic stop, a suspected drunk driver or car thieves.
Officers can only pursue if the driver is acting so dangerously that they are likely to hurt or kill someone immediately. Despite that policy, Denver police chases have led to deaths in recent years, including a man officers shot and killed because they mistakenly believed he was an escaped inmate.