Cars speeding as high as 200 km an hour. Sometimes that can be the reality when law enforcement are in pursuit of a suspect.
But not necessarily.
The Delta Police Department is its early stages of implementing StarChase, a GPS system officers hope can eliminate the need for a chase.
Trevor Fischbach, president of StarChase says it can save lives.
“It lets them use additional tactics to try and prevent as much risk as possible, in any kind of tragic outcome”.
The system allows police to launch a tag onto a suspect vehicle; once it’s attached, it can be tracked over the internet.
“We empower law enforcement to really reset a lot of the tactics they’ve used previously. Even in a felony type pursuit, they are able to fall back and remove a lot of the adrenaline for everybody involved”.
Fischbach says the system is used in the US, and other municipalities here in the province have adopted the system but he can’t reveal which ones.
“Yes, there are conversation in B.C. I’m just not at liberty to talk about it right now. What we try to do is respect law enforcement interior desire to keep the tactic under wraps and keep the advantage as much as possible.
It comes on the heels of the announcement B.C.’s civilian police watchdog is investigating events leading up to the fatal crash that killed Constable Sarah Beckett almost two weeks ago.
A witness told CKNW, he believes the suspect’s car was being chased by a police vehicle before the crash.