I keep seeing comments about how awful "stop sticks" are. I am a stop stick ace. I have five succesful deployments with them. I have also had multiple pursuits as a primary officer, that were ended when other officers were able to spike the suspect vehicle. The officer I share a car with, he works days, I work 7p-3a, was hit by a suspect at appx 85 mph while attempting to deploy stop sticks. He has reurned to duty since that incident. More officers die in car crashes, than while attempting to deploy stop sticks, does that make cars for LE a bad idea? More officers get killed while engaging BG's, than when attempting to deploy stop sticks, does that make firearms a bad idea? After all, if police didn't drive they would be far less likely to get in car crashes. If police didn't carry firearms, they would be less likely to confront armed criminals, and less likely to get in a gun fight. Stop sticks, just like a lot of other tools, have to be used prudently. Your car is not "cover" when deploying stop sticks. Bridge columns, jersey barriers, guardrails, big old trees, and the like are. Stop sticks should only be deployed from such cover, and only when there is enough time to do so safely, and alert the officers involved in the chase that stop sticks are out.