Wis. police launch GPS tracking device system for pursuits
It propels a tracking device that looks like a cylindrical "bullet" with adhesive that can attach to the back of a moving vehicle
By Lauren Prince
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — As a car bolts away, a device embedded in the front grille of a pursuing police car launches a small projectile that then attaches to the back of its target.
It sounds like something out of a Mission Impossible movie, but this device may help U.S. law enforcement agencies track vehicles in a safer way than engaging in a high-speed chase that creates danger for officers, passengers, and bystanders.
The Milwaukee Police Department announced this week that it will be outfitting its vehicles with a system that launches GPS trackers. The device, which was developed by StarChase of Virginia Beach, Virginia, propels a tracking device that looks like a cylindrical "bullet" with adhesive that can attach to the back of a moving vehicle. The GPS data is read on a screen in the police car, which locates the vehicle in real time.