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Alaska Agency's Policy Curtails Shooting at Vehicles

June 12, 2013  | 

Following a series of officer-involved shootings, the Anchorage (Alaska) Police Department has altered its use-of-force policy to limit officers' ability to fire at moving vehicles.

The agency revamped its policy so officers may not fire at a moving vehicle in situations where the suspect is using the vehicle as the only weapon, Police Chief Mark Mew said in a statement on the agency's Web site. If the suspect is also armed, officers can use deadly force, Mew said in a Tuesday press conference, reports the Alaska Dispatch.

An officer firing at a moving vehicle creates a high risk for public safety as well as the officers involved, Chief Mew said.

"More often than not, these types of events are on roadways, in neighborhoods, and places where other bystanders are around," Mew said in the statement. "There may also be passengers in the subject vehicles that may or may not be willing participants in the driver's criminal behavior."

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DB in AZ @ 6/13/2013 4:24 PM

What are the Blues going to do.?? Use Harsh language.????

TH133 @ 6/14/2013 8:39 AM

They need to just stop getting out of there vehicles and PIT the perps until the vehicle won't move. Maybe by the time they ruin 30 or 40 patrol units this admin dip will get the hint.

TH133 @ 6/14/2013 8:42 AM

I can agree with a lot he is saying about the risk involved with shooting at a moving vehicle but nobody said being an Officer was a safe job. We don't need hug a thugs making it any less safe.

Chief P @ 6/14/2013 9:11 AM

Well where I am from (the real world) a 3,000lb-7500lb vehicle is a much greater threat to an officer or civilian’s safety than a subject armed with a knife or firearm. What this decision says to your officers Chief Mew is something I am not sure you intended it to say. This decision is you specifically telling your officers they can no longer use discretion to protect themselves or the innocent in deadly force situations due to policy.

From one Chief to another this is a bad decision. If you have issues with officers making bad calls and just shooting people you deal with those officers. You DO NOT however make policy decisions that take away an officers ability to protect themselves in deadly force situations EVER. This is a very bad call Chief, I hope you wake up and make a better one.

Chuck McKenzie @ 6/14/2013 4:53 PM

Chief P., you are definitely not a typical chief. You are politically incorrect, defending your officers and speaking good common sense.
Liberal nitwits like Mew are the typical, scared shitless idiots like most of us work for.

Thor @ 6/15/2013 1:39 AM

A car can be used to escape in which case it has ALWAYS been unlawful to shoot at it. Same applies if you yell, "freeze, police" and the guy outruns you. IF the car is driven AT you things change. Where have you had your head for the last 30 years---in the sand????? Not a liberal vs conservative issue. Are you POST certified? Unbelievable!!!

[email protected] @ 6/16/2013 8:55 PM

thor, where do you work, Katmandu? "Always been unlawful"? Where? Since when? Now, granted I'm not an expert on international law or even all of the United States laws, as I assume you are, but I think your wrong. Blues, Stay Safe.

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