Changing the pursuit policy could be detrimental to public safety
whom it may concern
I watched the news today, 12-17-02, and noticed that the chief of
police in your jurisdiction is considering putting an end to pursuits
that are generated from minor traffic infractions. I then saw a
clip from what appeared to be the survivor of a police pursuit fatality.
Her ire was manifest. It was guided at police department "hot heads"
that didn't adhere to policy.
At some point in the progression of law enforcement administration
police chiefs seemed to lose sight of their mission, which should
be to protect society from predators. Recently the major concern
of our leading law enforcement experts seems to be how to reduce
their city's exposure to civil liability, rather than putting their
efforts into innovative ways to pursue and apprehend violent criminals.
I don't live in your jurisdiction, however I see what is currently
under discussion in your jurisdiction, discussed in the national
arena. Minor infractions often times are indicitave of a greater
odious plan. Stolen cars often don't have license plates. These
cars are often used for robberies, like in Florida when several
FBI agents were killed in a violent gun battle. Ted Bundy (hopefully
we can agree that he was a negative influence on society) was initially
caught for a minor traffic infraction that eventually turned into
Ultimately when law enforcement ignores these "minor violations"
that turn into pursuits, they often times leave the public exposed
to future trials and tribulations. Understanding this exposure to
future harm, I hope the general public doesn't start pointing fingers
later on down the road, when a Muhamed, and Malvo team isn't stopped
for an apparently minor infraction that turns vicariously liable.
Here in America, I'm afraid, people will always have a finger to
Good luck, you'll need it if you decide to procede with limiting
the scope of police pursuits.
Retired police officer
Santa Cruz, CA