On­tario po­lice force look­ing to GPS darts as al­ter­na­tive to dan­ger­ous pur­suits

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NATIONAL -

TORONTO — High-speed car chases could soon be a thing of the past for On­tario’s pro­vin­cial po­lice.

The force says it has launched a pi­lot project that will test the use of laser-aimed darts armed with GPS tech­nol­ogy to help track flee­ing cars. OPP Const. Kerry Sch­midt says three of their marked front-line pa­trol ve­hi­cles have been equipped with a global po­si­tion­ing pro­jec­tile­launch­ing sys­tem.

When a mo­torist fails to stop or ac­cel­er­ates away af­ter be­ing stopped, Sch­midt says a pro­jec­tile can be fired at the ve­hi­cle where it sticks — by ad­he­sive and a mag­net — and emits a GPS sig­nal that can be tracked by one of the force’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tres.

Sch­midt says this will al­low of­fi­cers to be con­stantly up­dated on the where­abouts of the sus­pect ve­hi­cle and safely move in and make an ar­rest.

He says the sys­tem has been rolled out for the Vic­to­ria Day long week­end, which is tra­di­tion­ally one of the busiest on the prov­ince’s roads.

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