Friday, September 5, 2008

The Crookhook...

I received an email a month or so ago that somehow got buried below others. Anyway, it was from someone suggesting I take a look at the Crookhook, a devise mounted on the front of police cars to latch on a suspects car which would theoretically prevent the opportunity for a suspect to flee.

You can read about Crookhook and even view a video HERE.

Our stance remains that we salute the efforts of all inventors, engineers and regular citizens that are developing methods to end police pursuits. However, hope of ending pursuits one day does not take the place of a clearly defined and safe pursuit policy.


Anonymous said...

I don't now much about crook hooks, but what I do know is that pursuit deaths in the UK have halved in the past two years after the IPCC and ACPO layed down new rules.

Police now have to ask permission in order to instigate a pursuit and a pursuit can only be undertaken by a highly qualified pursuit driver in a suitable high performance car not a 4x4/SUV or other unsuitable vehicle.

It is also important to have airborne helicopter support during puruits as this allows police cars to drop back and reduce speed.

Anonymous said...

Other important developments in the UK include the fitting of UK Police Cars with black box type data recording equipment in order that such data can be examined after any incident.

ursuit crashes are examined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission rather than the Police themselves.

Steve T. said...

Crookhook??? With all due respect what an absolutely absurd idea!

A fleeing Suspect is not going to passively wait for a Police Cruiser to pull up that close behind them. They will jamb on their brakes or swerve or accelerate and it won't take much to avoid being Hooked or breaking free if that very unlikely event happens! Not to mention that any uneven levels in the roadway such as is common in many intersections will allow the Suspects vehicle to lift enough to break free.

Then there is the issue of controllability. As the Suspect is making desperate attempts to break free if they are ever actually Hooked, they may end up causing both vehicles to crash!

This method only creates more problems and does nothing realistic to SAFELY STOP the Suspect.

If you REALLY want a safe way to stop a fleeing Suspect contact me at

Steve T.
Hendersonville, North Carolina

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