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Milwaukee police to fire GPS trackers onto fleeing vehicles

MILWAUKEE (AP) — New tracking technology acquired by Milwaukee police allows officers to keep tabs on criminal suspects without a dangerous high-speed chase.

Milwaukee Police Department officials announced Wednesday that they will begin outfitting squad cars with devices that fire GPS units onto fleeing vehicles. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the new approach could help solve problems with the department’s restrictive pursuit policy.

The policy requires officers to have probable cause that a person inside a car is committing a violent felony or is an “immediate threat to the safety of others” before pursuing the car.

The newspaper says devices could allow officers to apprehend criminals who exploit the pursuit policy by tinting car windows so they can’t see inside and then speeding away.

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