Have you seen the flashing police lights zipping around the desert out by Whitewater Hill? What's up with the sirens? What is the Grand Junction Police Department up to out there?

The Grand Junction Police Department was busy conducting PIT training last week. What exactly is that?

PIT = Pursuit Immobilization Technique

The GJPD spent several hours on the driving track at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center. Their time was spent on PIT training and high-risk traffic stops. Check out the amazing video at the bottom of this post.

Here's a video of an actual PIT maneuver conducted at 100 MPH.

In the past, didn't the police simply lay spike strips across the road to stop an evading car? It seems agencies across the country are finding the PIT maneuver to be a safer way to bring conclusion to a pursuit.

According to the GJPD's Facebook page, instructors on the PIT maneuver go through 80 hours of training. As a matter of fact, there is an actual PIT certification. The GJPD hopes to have all officers PIT certified by the end of 2017.

In the event you saw the police activity out in the desert, don't panic. Be sure to check out the video below. The procedure is truly fascinating.