Once again an officer has been killed while attempting to deploy spike strips. The spike strip must be placed at exactly the right moment. Too early and the strip will disable the cars driven by innocent people. Too late and the spike strip will disable a police car. Just right and the officer could be in danger of being run over by the fleeing criminal.
Police need to be able to disable vehicles that are running from them. Right now the spike strip is one of the most effective methods of doing that. There needs to be a new technique that is effective but does not endanger the officer placing the strips. There needs to be a method of placing strips that does not require the officer to stand by the roadway to adjust the strip placement and activate the spikes.
A spike strip that is self propelled, that can self deploy without the immediate presence of an officer would be very helpful. I support research to develop a weapon that will permit a pursuing vehicle or helicopter to disable a vehicle. Some method of killing the vehicle’s electrical system would probably be the best technique; that’s what the SGT Says.