Public Notices and Press Releases

MCPO & MCSO Distribute Spike Strips to Municipal Police Departments

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert McNally, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Morris Plains Police Chief and Morris County Police Chief’s Association President Michael Koroski announce the expanded deployment of spike strips to municipal police departments across Morris County, resources that promise to impede pursuits and auto thefts.

The tire deflation devices can be stored in patrol cars, and quickly positioned to cause the controlled deflation of tires of fleeing vehicles. Using hollow, steel spikes, the strips are designed to prevent blowouts and reduce the speed of target vehicle.

This technology has the potential to bring a police pursuit - which poses a risk to fleeing criminals, officers, and bystanders alike – to a safer end. Deployment of these devices will be in keeping within Attorney General’s Office guidelines.

Ninety (90) Stinger Spike System Model 90200 Trooper Tire Deflation Devices, produced by Federal Signal, have been purchased at a cost of $52,007. The purchase was funded by Morris County Prosecutor’s Office forfeiture funds. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and 13 municipal police departments have opted to receive the devices.

On May 9, 2024, employees of Federal Signal trained officers from each of these agencies, who will in turn train officers at their respective departments in how to utilize the devices.

Officers from the MCPO and MCSO demonstrated the usage of a spike strip to hobble a moving car during a demonstration in a parking lot at the Community College of Morris.

Prosecutor Carroll said, “Law enforcement working together has proven to be the most-effective tool against these organized networks of thieves. These expanded resources are a part of a multi-faceted strategy to combat auto theft, and the growing number of thieves entering homes in search of valuables and key fobs. These devices are designed to stop criminals in motion, not just car thieves. Fleeing criminals pose a danger to our neighborhoods, and resulting crashes in Morris County have left vehicle occupants with serious injuries and damage to property. These devices can bring down a target’s rate of speed and allow officers to conduct a controlled stop.”

Sheriff Gannon said, “It’s important to recognize that these are crimes that are occurring statewide – whether it’s auto theft, robberies, kidnappings, child abductions, or other major crimes. Our goal is to give to our officers, who are on the road 24-hours-a-day, another tool in their toolboxes to safeguard our community. I think this exceptional, hands-on training prepares officers to utilize this equipment. No one wants fleeing cars going out-of-control down our streets. It’s our mission to intervene before anyone gets hurt, and that’s the public, the police, and even the actors behind the wheel.”

Officer in Charge Captain Chris Petonak, recalled how the Boonton Police Department has been utilizing the devices for a few years. “We have used them approximately 4 or 5 times, and we have not only been able to recover vehicles, but more importantly, have reduced the speeds of these pursuits from close to 100 mph down to 30 mph. Each officer in our patrol division carries one of these devices. We have captured over a dozen offenders.”

Chief Michael Koroski said, “Just as the deployment of these spike strips will take collaboration and communication between municipal law enforcement agencies for effective use, this program is further demonstration of the teamwork between Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll, Sheriff James Gannon, and our Morris County Chiefs of Police. Morris County law enforcement agencies will continue to combat auto theft, prevent and deter property crimes, and most importantly, protect our residents with proactive patrols, technology, and the best available equipment.”

A video is available on the Morris County Government Youtube channel.

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