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Sheriff's Department Equips All Patrol Cars with Spike Strips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jimmy Holbrook   
Friday, 17 February 2017

Sgt. Josh Powell with the Chattooga County Sheriff's Department says that the sheriff's department was recently able to acquire several sets of Stinger Spike Strips.

The strips are used in the event that there is a pursuit.  Powell says, "It's a lot safer for us and the public.  We use them for pursuit intervention and if we get them out in the road in time they can deflate the tires with a controlled deflation.  It doesn't cause the tire to burst or explode."  

The strips contain hollow spikes that have a rubber head on them for safety while handling.  When an officer utilizes the strips the pressure from the cars tires pushes the spikes through the rubber and causes the tires on the vehicle being pursued to deflate.  The spikes cause a slow leak in the tires until the tires go flat.

Powell said that the sheriff's department had several of the strips, but with this purchase, every patrol car will be equipped with the spike strips. He added that every officer with the sheriff's department will be trained to use the strips before their patrol car is equipped with the strips.  Each officer is certified and goes through a training class before they are allowed to use the strips.  Included in that training is a short video and information on safety and procedures.

The spike strips were all purchased through a government surplus supply firm.  


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