(Walhalla, SC)————————————–Sheriff Mike Crenshaw announced today at a press conference that his deputies now have patrol cars equipped with a new technology to alert citizens when they are in an area of eminent danger due a high speed chase. The Sheriff’s Office becomes the first law enforcement agency in the world to have this type of technology. The Sheriff said, “I was contacted about two years ago by PursuitAlert who shared with me the development of this warning system and asked our assistance in testing. We began beta testing to confirm it would work in our rural county. My deputies gave valuable input and today we are confident we have a way to warn our citizens when someone refuses to stop for a deputy. While we can control the type of pursuits our deputies engage in through policy, we cannot control the individual that refuses to stop for blues lights and siren. I am confident that PursuitAlert can save lives.”
PursuitAlert is a free app that a citizen can download on their cellphone. If within a two mile radius of an active police pursuit or emergency response they will receive a push notification and audible alert on their phone. Our hope is motorist will have a heighten sense of awareness when approaching the next intersection even though they may have right of way. Citizens are also alerted when the pursuit is out of range. Sheriff Crenshaw believes this new technology will reduce accidents, increase officer safety, increase citizen safety, potentially reduce insurance cost, and allow deputies to retrieve items of evidentiary value.
PursuitAlert has additional benefits to law enforcement, such as, when offenders throw illegal drugs or other evidence out of the window during a pursuit. Officers can now use a “drop pin” feature on the equipment in their patrol vehicle to use GPS coordinates to find the exact location where the evidence was discarded.
Citizens are highly encouraged to take advantage of this life saving technology by downloading the free app on their IOS or Android device. The Sheriff’s Office has a link on our website at www.oconeelaw.com with easily scanned QR codes.