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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dart Tracking System Not In Huron OPP's Immediate Future

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

OPP demonstrated dart tracker during Festive R.I.D.E. opening, but there are no plans for trackers in Huron.

It could be years before a new piece of police equipment makes its way to Huron County.

OPP unveiled GPS tracking darts during the Victoria Long weekend, which can be tagged to fleeing vehicles and tracked remotely.

The trackers were recently demonstrated during the opening of the OPP's Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign, in London.

Huron OPP Constable Jamie Stanley says there are no immediate plans to make that technology available locally.

Police will sometimes allow a fleeing suspect to evade immediate capture, if there is a risk to the public safety.

Media will often be notified of the type of vehicle involved in the chase, to help police in their investigation.

Stanley says the technology would be useful in Huron County, and hopes it will make its way to Ontario's West Coast as it is perfected and becomes cost-efficient.

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