CBS12 News recently featured a new pursuit management system that police officers in Iowa and Florida are currently testing. The system is designed to help the police track suspects during car chases.
The system is called Starchase and it consists of a small GPS module inside a “bullet” or a projectile tracker or tag and a “cannon” or compressed air mini launcher attached to the front of a police car. In the event of a car chase, police can shoot out the tracking device, which sticks to the back of the car being chased, and track the car in real time from a computer screen or mobile device.
Most car chases result crashes that endanger people and property, and the Starchase system is meant to reduce the risks involved during police car chases and improve the rate of apprehension of suspects.
If the GPS tracker is successfully attached to the car being pursued, police officers can slow down, back off from the chase, and just follow the suspect without all the sirens and lights.
Starchase has been in operation since 2006 and the system has been successfully used by law enforcement agencies worldwide.