(WFXR) — Tim Morgan spent 37 years working in law enforcement, but one night sticks out to him perhaps more than most.
“Like any officer, I saw a lot of heartache and sorrow,” says Morgan. “A lot of troubling incidents. But the thing that bothered me more than any in my career was an innocent young man that was killed in a high-speed chase.”
Morgan wasn’t involved in the pursuit himself — which happened in 2008 in South Carolina — but he says he still felt a sense of responsibility afterward.
“Man, if only he had known that there was imminent danger, he could have done something to save his life,” says Morgan.
Therefore, in 2015, Morgan created a software that he thought could help prevent fatalities during police pursuits. The software is called Pursuit Alert.
Morgan recently learned of a deadly crash that killed a Virginia mother and her daughter, who were struck by a car that was fleeing police. In response, Morgan is offering to donate 1,000 units of the software to be installed in Virginia patrol cars. Law enforcement officers can then use the software to send out an alert to app users within a two-mile radius, alerting them that a high-speed chase is in the area.
“There’s no doubt in my mind, it’s going to make a difference and save lives,” says Morgan.
He says the software can create a moving geo-fence around a patrol car. When the officer sends the alert, those with the app who are in the vicinity of the chase will be notified that a pursuit is in progress and receive a warning to use extreme caution. In addition, those who use the app will be notified when the pursuit is out of range of that area.
Morgan says the app is not simply to alert the public to pursuits, but also to alert app users to other emergency response situations.
“Our goal is to save lives,” says Morgan.
If a law enforcement agency is interested in the software, Morgan says the department can reach out to him directly through his website.
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