HOUSTON – It’s the latest in crime fighting technology. The Houston Police Department has rolled out two devices that promise to cut down on the number of high speed chases, end police pursuits a lot faster, and keep officers, suspects and bystanders safer.
With the push of a button, huge risks for injuries, damages and even death is cut down dramatically. KPRC 2 was first told you about the Night Hawk remotely deployed spike strip being used by Austin Police last year.
The Star Chase Tracking device is attached to the front grill of the police car. It’s got a laser that helps pinpoint an exact spot on the back of the suspect’s vehicle in pursuit. It’s launched, and once attached, works as a GPS unit. Officers fall back and catch up with the criminal when they’ve finally stopped.