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Stop Stick® February Hit of the Month 2024: San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office [CA]

April 16, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick Hit of the Month

Stop Stick® Heroes: February 2024 Hit of the Month


Read about the exceptional police officers who used Stop Sticks® to safely end pursuits in February
“Hit of the Month” is Stop Stick, Ltd.’s program to recognize truly outstanding performance results coming from the successful deployment of Stop Stick® Tire Deflation Device in ending pursuits. Every month hundreds of reports are received from across the country documenting successful deployments of Stop Sticks®. These reports detail stories of exceptional police work and proper deployment of the Stop Stick® Tire Deflation Device to bring pursuits to an end safely. Below are the departments that were nominated from the hundreds of submissions, and the ones who have been selected as the “Hit of the Month”.


Winner:

West

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office

French Camp, California

  • # of Cars Deployed on: Multiple
  • # of Tires Deflated: 6 (R/Front), (L,Front), (R/Rear), (L/Rear)
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 0-10 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 119 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: Less than 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2002 Dodge 2500
  • Deploying Officer(s): Sgt. Garcia, Deputy Gigli, Deputy Corona, Deputy Ancrili

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Takes Down Sideshow with Strategic Stop Stick® Use: Deputies Nominated for Award

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for its innovative approach to curbing illegal street takeovers. We’ve nominated Sergeant Garcia and Deputies Gigli, Corona, and Ancrili for their strategic use of Stop Stick® devices in a recent operation that successfully shut down a major sideshow event.

Proactive Task Force Thwarts Sideshow

Following a series of out-of-control sideshows, the Sheriff’s Office established a dedicated task force to address the issue. This proactive approach paid off on February 3rd when the task force infiltrated the event organizers, identifying the location and time of the planned takeover.

Unmarked Stop Sticks Create Containment Perimeter

Deputies deployed unmarked Stop Stick® devices to form a strategic containment perimeter. This innovative tactic prevented fleeing vehicles and ensured officer safety throughout the operation.

Swift Intervention, Peaceful Resolution

As law enforcement arrived, several vehicles attempted to escape. However, the pre-deployed Stop Sticks effectively disabled them, leaving participants with flat tires and no escape route. This decisive action by the task force successfully concluded the illegal gathering without a single pursuit, minimizing the risk of property damage or injury.

Zero Tolerance for Dangerous Takeovers

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office maintains a zero-tolerance stance on illegal sideshows. All impounded vehicles are being held as evidence, deterring future attempts at organizing these dangerous events.

Stop Stick® Technology: A Key Tool for Public Safety

The success of this operation hinges on the strategic use of Stop Stick® technology. We commend the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for their innovative approach and nominate the aforementioned officers for their exceptional planning and execution, which led to a safe and effective resolution.

Supporting News Article: https://www.police1.com/traffic-enforcement/calif-sheriffs-office-makes-huge-sideshow-bust-seeks-to-destroy-vehicles-deemed-dangerous


Nominees

South

Grand River Dam Authority Police

Langley, Oklahoma

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 3
  • Device: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 120mph+
  • Time of Pursuit: 7 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: 3
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2024 Ford Mustang
  • Deploying Officer: Tyler Bruce

Grand River Dam Authority’s Officer Bruce Earns Hit of the Month Nomination for Daring Stop Stick® Deployment

Officer Bruce of the Grand River Dam Authority Police Department is being recognized for his exceptional bravery and quick thinking during a high-speed chase in February. His decisive use of Stop Stick® technology directly contributed to the apprehension of a dangerous suspect, earning him a nomination for our Hit of the Month award.

Pursuit Takes a Dangerous Turn

Pryor Police officers initiated a traffic stop on a rented yellow Mustang for a violation. However, the suspect disregarded their lights and sirens, leading them on a reckless chase through city streets and highways. Reaching speeds of 135 mph, the suspect nearly outran pursuing units, forcing them to consider abandoning the pursuit.

Officer Bruce Intervenes with Stop Stick®

Undeterred, Officer Bruce identified a strategic location ahead of the chase route. As the Mustang barreled towards his position, he deployed Stop Stick® with remarkable timing. The suspect, caught off guard by the sudden obstacle, had no time to react.

Stop Stick® Disables Getaway Vehicle

The Mustang struck the deployed Stop Stick® devices, disabling three of its tires and significantly reducing its speed. Realizing his escape attempt was thwarted, the suspect abandoned the disabled vehicle behind a convenience store and attempted to flee on foot.

Suspect Apprehended, Weapons, and Counterfeit Items Recovered

Officers swiftly apprehended the suspect. A subsequent search revealed not only three outstanding out-of-state warrants for counterfeiting, but also a handgun, drugs, counterfeit bills, and a substantial amount of cash suspected for counterfeiting activities. The ironic twist of fate – all this transpired on the suspect’s wedding day!

Officer Bruce’s Heroism Prevents Further Danger

Officer Bruce’s decisive action with Stop Stick® not only ended a perilous chase but also led to the apprehension of a potentially dangerous individual. His courage and strategic use of this vital technology make him a deserving nominee for the Hit of the Month award.

Supporting News Article:

https://www.fox23.com/news/pryor-police-arrest-man-on-his-wedding-day-following-high-speed-chase/article_bdf8163c-d76b-11ee-a91c-8f2d83236b44.html


 

East

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Leonardtown, Maryland

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated: 3 (R/Front), (L/Front), (R/Rear)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 81-90 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 60 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: Less than 1
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2013 Hyundai Elantra
  • Deploying Officer: DFC Thomas Snyder

DFC Thomas Synder’s Precision Stop Stick® Deployment Earns Hit of the Month Nomination For the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Field Commander (DFC) Synder is being recognized for his exceptional service and strategic use of Stop Stick® technology. His decisive actions during a high-speed chase in February earned him a well-deserved nomination for our Hit of the Month award.

Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle Takes Multiple Turns

On February 4th, Charles County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a reported stolen vehicle with mismatched plates. However, the suspect disregarded their signals and fled, initiating a pursuit. Charles County deputies made three attempts to deploy Stop Sticks during the chase, but were unsuccessful.

DFC Synder Takes Charge with Stop Stick®

As the pursuit continued, DFC Synder of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office took a proactive approach. He strategically positioned himself ahead of the chase route and skillfully deployed Stop Stick®. This decisive act proved successful, disabling the stolen vehicle by flattening three of its tires.

Suspects Apprehended, Weapons and Drugs Recovered

Faced with a disabled vehicle, the desperate suspects attempted to escape on foot by driving into the median. However, their attempt was thwarted as law enforcement swiftly apprehended all three individuals. A subsequent search revealed a loaded firearm and a significant amount of methamphetamine.

DFC Synder’s Heroism Prevents Further Danger

DFC Synder’s exceptional use of Stop Stick® not only brought a dangerous chase to a safe conclusion but also led to the apprehension of armed criminals and the confiscation of illegal drugs. His courage and strategic thinking make him a true asset to law enforcement and a deserving nominee for the Hit of the Month award.

Supporting News Article:

https://smnewsnet.com/archives/529831/high-speed-chase-involving-stolen-vehicle-results-in-3-arrests-drugs-and-loaded-firearm recovered/#:~:text=Despite%20the%20flat%20tires%2C%20the,a%20large%20quantity%20of%20methamphetamine.


Midwest

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department

Council Bluffs, Iowa

  • # of Cars Deployed on: 1
  • # of Tires Deflated on: 3 (R/Front), (L/Front), (R/Rear)
  • Device Used: Stop Stick®
  • Pursuit Speed: 111-120 mph
  • Time of Pursuit: 30 minutes
  • Miles Traveled After Deployment: 3
  • Target Vehicle Make: 2010 Ford Fusion
  • Deploying Officer: Sgt. Marc Freeman

Sgt. Freeman’s Stop Stick® Deployment Earns Hit of the Month Nomination For  the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office [IA]

Mills County is recognizing Sergeant Freeman for his exceptional service and decisive use of Stop Stick® technology during a high-speed chase in February. His quick thinking and clear communication earned him a well-deserved nomination for our Hit of the Month Award.

Fleeing Suspect Sparks High-Speed Chase

On the early morning of February 29th, Sergeant Freeman was returning from a special assignment when he received news of a Mills County pursuit involving a reckless driver exceeding 120 mph and heading straight for his location.

Sgt. Freeman Takes Initiative with Stop Stick®

Without hesitation, Sgt. Freeman notified dispatch of his intention to intercept the pursuit using Stop Stick®. He strategically positioned himself in a safe median location with proper cover, then deployed his 9ft sleeved Stop Stick device on the opposite lane of the highway. After confirming his readiness with dispatch, he instructed pursuing units to back off.

Precise Stop Stick® Deployment Ends Pursuit

As the approaching chase unfolded before his eyes, Sgt. Freeman expertly deployed his Stop Stick®, successfully flattening three of the suspect’s tires. He then rejoined the pursuit, which concluded approximately 1.5 miles down the road when the suspect lost control and rolled the vehicle.

Suspect Apprehended Safely

Responding units swiftly extracted the suspect from the overturned vehicle and took them into custody without further incident or injuries.

Sgt. Freeman’s Heroism Earns Recognition

Sgt. Freeman’s quick thinking, clear communication with another agency, and skillful Stop Stick® deployment brought a dangerous chase to a safe end. His actions directly led to the apprehension of the fleeing suspect, making him a true asset to law enforcement and a deserving nominee for the Hit of the Month Award.


To register for Stop Stick® Hit of the Month, please submit a Deployment Report using the Link: https://stopstick.com/deployment-report/
You can be considered for Video of the year by uploading Dashcam, or Bodycam footage after submitting your Deployment Report.
If you know an officer who should be nominated for Hit of the Month please submit a pursuit report: https://stopstick.com/home/pursuit-reporting