DPS becomes the first state-level law enforcement agency in the country to deploy the StarChase Pursuit Management System
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 -
The system, which DPS has already used with great success during pursuits, launches a GPS tracking device at fleeing vehicles
Earlier this summer, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) became the first state-level law enforcement agency in the country to deploy the state-of-the-art StarChase Pursuit Management System. StarChase is a real-time tagging and tracking system used to reduce all of the inherent risks related to dangerous high-speed police pursuits.
The system is comprised of a compressed-air launcher mounted in the grille of a police vehicle. With the push of a button by a law enforcement officer, the compressed-air launcher deploys a GPS tracking tag that adheres to the suspect vehicle. The tracking tag transmits location-based updates that enable law enforcement dispatchers to track the vehicle’s location and movements via a secure, web-based mapping application. Once the suspect vehicle is tagged, dispatchers can monitor the movements of the vehicle while keeping officers fully apprised of its location.
DPS has used the system with success multiple times during incidents where traditional pursuits would have occurred. One such incident took place on July 7, 2009, at about 9:00 p.m., when DPS Highway Patrol Officer Korey Lankow observed a rust-colored 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck commit a traffic violation on Interstate 19 in
Dispatchers tracked the vehicle via computer and observed it come to a stop in
“This is just one example of how our agency has greatly benefited from the StarChase System. Because the smuggling of drugs, guns and humans is so prevalent along
“AzDPS recent stolen-car recoveries and subsequent arrests, all without having to engage in high speed pursuits, is proof positive that the Pursuit Management System is a new answer to a serious issue,” said Trevor Fischbach, vice president of sales and business development for StarChase. “Now there is a proven alternative to high-speed chases and other potentially dangerous strategies that will save lives and reduce damage to vehicles and other property.”
About Starchase LLC:
StarChase LLC (www.starchase.org) is a company specializing in tagging and tracking pursuit management solutions for the law enforcement sector. The privately held company is based in
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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.