GPS technology, or more accurately GNSS, has become such a common component of everyday life that it isn’t surprising to see James Bond-style equipment make it into the hands of law enforcement. I was recently reading a news article describing how the Delta Police department of British Columbia have begun using a GPS launcher for tracking fleeing vehicles. You can see the original article HERE.
It is a cool system grille mounted to the front of police cars. If someone in a vehicle tries to make a getaway, the police officer can literally shoot a GPS tracking device with a sticky end right from the moving police car that sticks to the fleeing car. The idea is that it hits the back of the fleeing car and then, police can pull back and with the help of a dispatcher tracking the GPS dart, the police can follow the suspect without creating a high-speed chase and endangering the lives of hundreds of bystanders.
There has been a long history of using GPS tracking collars on animals to learn about the ecology and life history of various species around the globe, so it is interesting to see that technology taking a slightly different form in today’s law enforcement.