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January 10, 2014
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Ariz. police testing GPS cannon tracker

Departments around the country are starting to consider this option, which eliminates dangerous pursuits

By Paul Carpenter
The Morning Call

Arizona — Arizona State Police spokesman Carick Cook spoke about a double-barreled air cannon mounted on the front of some of the police cruisers in his state.

"We have a limited amount of them," he said of the $5,000 canons, which fire small GPS projectiles that stick to the back of a fleeing car. The projectiles run $250 each.

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That means officers can slow down and track exactly where the bad guy's vehicle is going, no matter what he does. Also, studies show that fleeing motorists almost always slow down if they think the police are no longer right behind them.

"They're being tested right now," Cook said of the GPS artillery systems, made by the StarChase Co. of Virginia. He said that although there have been some failures, "I'd say mostly success."

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