The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office recently received a new state of the art K-9 vehicle to add to it's fleet. Thanks to $40,158 in grant funding provided by the “Arizona Auto Theft Authority”, a PCSO K-9 deputy will now have an easier time finding stolen vehicles, capturing evidence and stopping vehicle pursuits sooner.
PCSO is frequently involved with numerous vehicle pursuits each year tied to auto thefts and drug and human smuggling.
The new vehicle which is equipped with an Automatic License Plate Rader (ALPR), a Panasonic Arbitrator 360 degree Police Vehicle Video Camera/Recorder and a End X PT11000 Mobile Spike system.
"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.” said Sheriff Paul Babeu.
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.
Mobile 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.
The new vehicle starts service today.