2 comments to “Deaths Mount From High-Speed Police Pursuits, Despite Calls to Restrict Them”

  1. Richard Boyd

    You can’t hide, so don’t run.
    What other policies are involved? Induced chase for Bail skip? Teenagers? Police advertising with lights and sirens and the false message that chases make people safe. To me, lights and sirens send the opposite message. The message I hear is that the people living there are all hardened criminals. So best not spend too much time there. Also, what about the mind set of those in police work. Are they attracted by the occasional adrenalin rush? If so, why not have a monthly skid school that is really scary. Or mandatory attendance at the funerals of those killed? A death penalty for the innocent? Why take the risk of starting a business in places that allow pursuits. What about the courts? Do the courts believe that punishment deters crime? And ignore other factors? Or only pay lip service to strategies that work in other places.

  2. Keith Simmons

    A US City based police department could trial a completely different operational model, where a number of drones are positioned on rooftops across the city (resting in charger docks). When a pursuit is required, the police driver hands off the pursuit to a drone operator embedded in the police communications centre. The nearest drone is deployed. The fleeing vehicle is tracked to where it eventually stops and local are police directed to make the arrest at the end point. While this may have many faults, a trial of something vastly different is required. The current pursuit model is a high risk activity for every police force in the world. The technology exists now, it is relatively affordable and could result in a shift in many types of street based policing, including following drug dealers, robbers and identifying criminal activity “nests”. Please try something, rather than throw up your hands and carry on, business as usual.

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