There is currently no means to ensure the safety of an officer and a motorist during a traffic stop. This is a problem that was made painfully clear through the shootings of Philando Castile and Michael Flamion this past summer.
Unfortunately, these shootings are only the tip of an iceberg. According to the FBI, between 2000 and 2012, 127 police officers have been killed and 72,413 have been assaulted during traffic stops. A majority of the officers that were killed were at a distance between 0 and 5 feet from their attacker . On the other side of the encounter, over 100 individuals were shot and killed during traffic stops in 2015 alone .
Statistics like these help reinforce exactly why routine traffic stops are stressful and sometimes deadly situations for motorists and law enforcement officers alike.
We don't believe that this status quo is acceptable. That's what motivated us to develop and build the Sentinel Robotic System.
- Tupy, Samantha Josephine, "The Initial Response and Behavioral Patterns Exhibited by an Officer to a Weapon being drawn in a Traffic Stop Simulation" (2014). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. Paper 322.
- Lowery, W. (2015, December 24). A Disproportionate Number of Black Victims in Fatal Traffic Stops. The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-39116353.html?refid=easy_hf