Tag Archives: police pursuits

Lassoing a Calf from a Police Car

Paris, Tennessee resident David Bell recently volunteered to help local police when they were dispatched to a call of a calf on the run on highway 79.  Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew drove down the highway with Bevil sitting on the hood, who succeeded in roping in the calf.

“Aight folks, I got David Bevill on the front of my patrol car,” Sheriff Belew narrated in the video. “We got a calf out in the middle of Lake Highway… We gonna try to rope him right here.”

As Belew’s vehicle approached the cow, Bevill began to circle the rope above his head.

It only took one try. Bevill tossed the rope and it landed perfectly around the calf’s neck.

“We just roped him. We just got him!” Sheriff Belew said as Bevill hopped off the front of the patrol vehicle.

Tennessee sheriff, cowboy rope calf in roadway [via Fox 13 News]

Grappler Police Bumper Fires Lasso to End Vehicle Pursuits

This is an interesting concept tool to help bring police vehicle pursuits to a quick end. (It might have been helpful to end the longest police pursuit ever, clocking in at over 600 miles of driving).  It’s a grappler police bumper that fires out a lasso that ties up one of the pursued vehicle’s back tires.  An alternative for when the PIT maneuver is not possible or there isn’t enough time to lay down spikes on the road ahead.  It’s also possible to release the lasso – but still leaving it tied to the tire – when it’s smarter for the two vehicles to not remain connected, such as in high speeds.  An interesting concept and alternative option but it’s not clear from the Peoria, AZ company’s website if it’s available for immediate purchase or still a prototype.  Hit the jump for a promotional video.

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Cop Car of the Future, as Imagined in 1958


The above image of a future cop car was drawn by Detroit-based illustrator Arthur Radebaugh for his comic strip, “Closer Than We Think,” which ran in newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada from 1958 to 1963. As quoted in the May 4, 1958 edition of the comic:

Beat-walking policemen gave way years ago to modern, speedy squad cars. But today squad car movement is slowed down by the increasing crush of traffic. The solution could be a radical new kind of transportation designed for mobility on jammed streets. Here, for tomorrow, is the concept of policemen on mechanical pogo platforms — giant, tandem, wheeled vehicles kept upright by gyroscopic action, high enough to see across expressway tieups, narrow enough to wheel through them to any point of trouble.

This Cop Car of the Future From 1958 Was Pretty Intimidating [via Gizmodo]

Man Scammed Out of $110,000 Tracks Down Criminals Himself

The above documentary, produced by an individual but of professional caliber, is nearly an hour long, but from the beginning it hooks you in and is well worth it. It’s the story of Keith Jones, who was scammed out of $110,000 by a fraudulent investment firm. Since law enforcement did not initially do much with the case, Jones decided to take matters into his own hands and tracked down the criminals himself. His adventure led him from his home in Australia to Thailand.

[MAPS] Track Someone (With their Permission) For Free

Track on the Map is a Google Maps based website that allows users to quickly and easily share their real-time movements via their cell phone. This can be a useful tool for quickly and cheaply tracking a person’s movements, with their knowledge (e.g. parents who want to be able to track their children, or police agencies that want to track an informant’s movements for his/her own protection).

To use the service, the website must first be viewed with a GPS-enabled device, such as a smart phone, belonging to the person to be tracked. Create a user name, select an appropriate icon, and hit Track Me Now. That’s it, and no software needs to be downloaded. The target’s real-time position can then be tracked on the website via their username. Note that anyone who visits the website will be able to see the target’s location, so it is recommended to use a random call sign to represent them rather than their actual name. By the same token, since at this time the service is a wholly public site with no private tracking capability, it is a similarly good idea to not publicize your use of the site to track someone, lest someone else starts using the site to track them, too.

[PHOTO & ARTICLE] Police Car of the Future Gives Way to… Prisoner Transport Van?

A little over two years ago there was a lot of publicity generated over upstart Carbon Motors (wiki) planning to roll out the E7, a vehicle billed at the time as the “Police Car of the Future” – a police vehicle designed specifically with the patrol officer in mind. Although the company has claimed nearly 25,000 orders for the E7 (of which exactly one prototype has thus far appeared to have been produced) now the company has appeared to shift focus to the TX7 van, a command and control vehicle that can be used for actions such as surveillance as well as prisoner, personnel (think a SWAT team vehicle with room for 10), and cargo transport. Carbon Motors is taking orders for the TX7, with a base price listed as $149,950, and is scheduled to begin rolling off the production line at the end of 2013.