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PCSO K-9 Vehicle Equipped with State of the Art Equipment To Reduce Auto Thefts and Shorten Vehicle Pursuits
 
Posted: 2/6/2014 12:00 AM
 
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is involved with numerous vehicle pursuits each year tied to auto thefts and drug and human smuggling. Thanks to $40,158 in grant funding provided by the “Arizona Auto Theft Authority”, a PCSO K-9 deputy will have an easier time finding stolen vehicles, capturing evidence and stopping vehicle pursuits sooner.
 
Today the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will put into service a new crime fighting vehicle which is equipped with an Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR), a Panasonic Arbitrator 360 degree Police Vehicle Video Camera/Recorder and 1 End X PT11000 Mobile Spike system.
 
License Plate Reader - The Automatic License Plate Reader is capable of reading 3,600 license plates per minute regardless of lighting or weather with a 94% accuracy rate. The quick recovery of stolen vehicles will improve the successful prosecution of the suspects responsible for the thefts.
 
The 360 Video Camera/Recorder - The vehicle video camera/recorder has the capability to record all 4 angles of the vehicle and has a wireless microphone to record the evidence. The video evidence will assist with prosecution on all types of cases.
 
Pinal County Sheriff Mobile Spike SystemMobile Spike System – Unlike “Stop Sticks” which require a deputy to physically place them in the roadway in front of suspect vehicles this new “Mobile Spike System” with a push of a button sends three “Phantom Spikes” out of the front bumper into the pathway of the suspect vehicle. This system is safer for the pursuing deputy and it will also help stop vehicle pursuits sooner.
 
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Director Brian Salata from the Arizona Auto Theft Authority has been a strong partner of law enforcement across the state with our efforts to reduce stolen vehicles. This new equipment will help us find stolen vehicle faster, it will provide us with video evidence to ensure seamless prosecution and it will reduce the length of time deputies are involved in vehicle pursuit therefore making it safer for deputies and the citizens of Pinal County.”
 
Director Brian Salata stated, “The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, under Sheriff Babeu’s leadership has made great advances in combating vehicle theft and the interrelated smuggling crimes that have plagued our state. Their agency is at the technological forefront of criminal interdiction, protecting both the citizens of Pinal County and the deputies who are placed in harm’s way. The efforts of the Pinal County Sheriff impact not only the vehicles stolen in Pinal County, but also disrupt the criminal organizations that move stolen vehicles and contraband through the smuggling corridors, thus having a statewide impact.”
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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