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Milwaukee PD To Acquire Technological Alternative To Dangerous Pursuits
Following up on its commitment to identifying safer, technology-driven alternatives to vehicle pursuits, the Milwaukee (WI) Police Department has announced its anticipated initial purchase of Pursuit Management Technology units from StarChase, LLC.
This technology-driven tool provides an alternative to police pursuits. The system includes a pneumatically-powered GPS tag to be deployed from an equipped squad car and attached to a target vehicle. Once the vehicle is tagged, the GPS movements can be monitored by officers and dispatchers alike, allowing for a safer, more focused, more effective apprehension of a suspect who flees.
The Department has participated in vendor demonstrations of these units and has decided to move forward with an initial deployment and field test. By utilizing available asset forfeiture funds, MPD expects to have the units installed and deployed within several weeks. Information about this technology can be found here.
MPD Chief Edward Flynn said, “I have been to too many funerals for officers and innocent people killed in police pursuits, commonly over trivial traffic infractions. I tightened our pursuit policy in order to reduce the likelihood of needless deaths and injuries. As I have said many times, if our only solution to combat people fleeing from the police is to engage in dangerous high-speed pursuits in police cars, then we have failed as a society. The purchase of this new technology is a step in the right direction of finding alternative means for apprehending criminals without unnecessarily endangering life.”
See our related story: StarChase Partners With Midwest Public Risk To Reduce Pursuit Related Losses
- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via Milwaukee PD, 8/5/15)