It’s a given that as technology evolves, so will the ways that police carry out every day operations. In Lawrence, IN, the authorities have rolled out a new technology that will change the way that car chases are handled.
The new innovation is the “GPS launcher” which was developed by StarChase. It is known as “pursuit management technology.” The device consists of a single shot adhesive tag that can be fired from the front of a cop car and attach to the vehicle they are chasing. It is believed that the new technology will increase safety in high speed chases. It allows police to lay back a little and track the vehicle they are pursuing.
The Lawrence PD engaged in 29 vehicle pursuits in 2015, which isn’t too far off of its average of 25 per year. The department anticipates that the StarChase GPS launcher will cut down on crashes, injuries and deaths synonymous with high speed chases. “We’ve been directly affected by the dangers of a police pursuit,” Lawrence Police Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff told RTV 6ABC. “The only Lawrence officer killed in the line of duty… was a vehicle-pursuit situation.”
Woodruff assured residents that the GPS launcher would only be used in the event of a car chase. “This will only be employed in vehicle pursuits where someone is trying to actively elude the police,” he said. “We’re not just going to be going out there tagging vehicles ‘just because.’ There’s supervisory tracking in place, meaning if the technology is employed, a supervisor is immediately involved.”