By Denna Bowman
South Yorkshire Police has introduced a new device designed to deflate tyres and bring cars to an abrupt halt in the fight against crime.
All frontline officers have received training in how to deploy the ‘StopStick’ device, which will deflate tyres in a safe and controlled way.
The police force has invested in 330 new ‘StopStick’ tyre deflation devices and installed them in every market operational vehicle, as a replacement to the previous ‘Stinger’ tool.
StopSticks deflate tyres in about 30-seconds by using quill-style spikes to penetrate the tyre, before breaking off and leaving several holes.
The new initiative aims to ensure that more pursuits are brought to a swift and safe conclusion before they have chance to develop into a potentially dangerous situation.
Inspector Craig Clifton, of South Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group explained the reason for investing in StopSticks: “It came down to safety. Because StopStick is so safe to handle it will allow us to train a lot more people rather than just a select few and therefore a lot more cars can carry them, which can only be a good thing.
“The new devices allow us to prevent more pursuits before they develop as previously it was usually the pursuing car that would have the tyre deflation device, hence being unable to deploy. Now that every marked vehicle will carry the device, and every frontline officer will be trained to deploy them, I am confident we will see a reduction in the number of lengthy pursuits.”