The thirteen episode series premieres on Thursday, August 21 at 10 PM ET/PT with two back-to-back half-hour episodes. Each week viewers will get the rare chance to see how this dedicated group of officers known as "The Wolf Pack," carry out their nightly high-stakes pursuits to curb auto theft and related crimes. Located in Northern New Jersey, the Essex/Union Auto Theft Task Force (A.T.T.F.) employs a fleet of supped-up SUVs equipped with LoJack sensors and heavily reinforced steel bumpers to carry out their principal objective of locating and recovering stolen vehicles and arresting those in possession.
The A.T.T.F. also regularly utilizes a helicopter equipped with a heat-seeking camera, a truck with an advanced computer tracking system able to read 240 license plates per minute and a decoy vehicle outfitted with GPS tracking devices and remote control cut-offs for the windows, doors and engine.
The A.T.T.F. strictly adheres to guidelines set forth by the county including a no-chase policy which is deployed by using a specialized blocking technique to immobilize stolen vehicles but without knowing the motives of each thief, every encounter has the potential to become a dangerous battle.
Many of the arrests carried out by the A.T.T.F. are for more serious offenses such as carjacking, armed robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
The Essex/Union A.T.T.F. was developed in 1991 to address the extremely high level of car thefts in the two counties. (Union County is located in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2000 Census, the population is 522,541. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area)
Essex County New Jersey includes the City of Newark and the Port of Newark with it's docks where hundreds (thousands) of stolen cars are shipped in containers to the Middle East every year for resale and in support of terrosim. See.. N.J. Cops Bust High-End Car Theft Ring, Luxury Vehicles Were To Be Shipped To Europe, Mideast, West Africa; Some Had Been Carjacked.
Since its inception the team has recovered more than 6,200 stolen vehicles and made more than 3,400 arrests and is the highest LoJack recovery unit in the country. Made up from officers from both counties who serve either part-time or full-time, the unit is commanded by Detective Tony Del Duca who works under the direct supervision of Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
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