By Lindsey Eaton, CBS 4 – Indy
LAWRENCE, Ind. (Dec. 21, 2015) — The Lawrence Police Department will be the first agency in the state to be armed with a new tech-savvy device to help make pursuits safer.
“The person that chooses to run is creating a very dangerous environment for themselves, the officers and for the other people that are around,” said Capt. Gary Woodruff with the Lawrence Police Department.
The new StarChase devices will be installed on the front some of the Lawrence Police patrol cars. Once the officer gets close enough to the fleeing car, they can use a laser to take aim and fire out a launcher that will stick to the back of the suspect’s car. Inside the launcher is a GPS tracking chip.
“Once the GPS device is up and running, the officers can back off a little bit and bring in some additional assets. The GPS is monitored from our dispatch center. Our dispatch center can coordinate other responding units in a more safe way,” said Woodruff.