Summerdale PD receives new Pursuit Software

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 2/2/21

SUMMERDALE - The Summerdale Police Department has accepted new Pursuit Software equipment offered to them after a high-speed pursuit turned deadly. The equipment will be free to the department, with …

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Summerdale PD receives new Pursuit Software

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SUMMERDALE - The Summerdale Police Department has accepted new Pursuit Software equipment offered to them after a high-speed pursuit turned deadly. The equipment will be free to the department, with the only cost being $14.99 per month per vehicle. Eight vehicles will have the software equipped.

“It’s basically a new software that’s out for pursuits,” said Chief Kevin Brock. “When we get into a pursuit, it will notify people’s cell phones, like an Amber Alert when it goes out. This will notify people within whatever radius that we set up that there’s a vehicle pursuit with police involved in your area, be careful or pull off the road … The biggest issue is the speed is so high that we outrun our sirens and lights, you can’t hear them coming until they’re right on top of you.”

An app is involved in the system. Once the software has been installed, the PD will release information on the app that citizens can install on their cell phones. Once installed, they will then be notified when Summerdale PD is involved in a pursuit near them. The officers involved in the pursuit simply have to press a button on the equipment and the alert will go out.

The system also includes a GPS that can be used to track patrol history. Brock says the department was looking to purchase such a system already, and getting it in this software is a bonus. A cancellation clause is included in the agreement. Summerdale PD has also been offered the software access for half off during the first year of use.

“This is a demo, and it’s relatively nothing for us,” Brock said. “I think they’re trying to springboard into the southeast, and they caught wind of a fatality in our area. That prompted them to call us. They’ve called others in the area and some are interested. I think that’s the way we’re going to go eventually and everybody’s software will tie in like a web, but we’re the first they’ve offered this to.”

For more information, visit www.summerdaleal.com, and follow the Summerdale PD on Facebook for app download information.