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Pursuit Policies

Woman Seriously Injured in 2016 Chicago Vehicle Pursuit Awarded $4.5 Million

The woman's car was broadsided by the fleeing suspects. She had to be cut from her car, was in a coma for nearly two weeks, underwent 13 surgeries and was hospitalized for two months.

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Point of Law: Drafting Vehicle Pursuit Directives

Agencies can manage risk and provide accountability with a well-written pursuit policy.

Chicago Police Propose Revised Foot Pursuit Policy

Foot pursuits stemming from minor traffic offenses remain prohibited under the revised policy. The revised policy also expands the role of supervisors to ensure there is appropriate supervision and communication if a pursuit is initiated, according to a statement from the police department.

Texas Officer Pinned By Car, Seriously Injured

A San Antonio, TX, police officer was seriously injured when he was pinned between a vehicle and a guardrail while setting up flares after a police pursuit by the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. The chief blames the county's pursuit policy.

St. Louis Police Cracking Down on ATV Drivers

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said in a statement: “We are going to enforce the mentioned state statute, which prohibits the operation of ATVs in places open to the public for the purposes of vehicular traffic within the State. This includes our City streets."

(Video) Police Pursuits: California Supreme Court Ruling in City of Gardena Case

Attorney Missy O’Linn discusses the unanimous decision by the California Supreme Court that allows departments to escape liability if their written policies mandate 100% officer certification.

Cleveland's Restrictive Pursuit Policy Endangering Officers

"Officers shall err on the side of caution and interpret this policy in the most restrictive manner if, for any reason, this directive does not offer clear guidance for a specific set of circumstances," the policy says in bold type-face.

City Councilman Blames Agency, "Negligence" for OK Trooper's Death

Norman, OK, City Councilman Stephen Tyler Holman blamed the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's policy for the death of Lt. Heath Meyer, who was killed in the line of duty while trying to put out stop sticks during a high-speed pursuit last month.

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

To reduce the dangers of high-speed vehicle pursuits, law enforcement agencies need to understand the causes of high-speed pursuits, the legal issues involved, the problems behind such pursuits, and the strategies for reducing high-speed pursuits.

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Video: KS PD Will Now Chase Everyone Who Flees With Probable Cause

The Kansas City (KS) Police Department announced instead of only chasing suspects that had already committed a serious felony, now they will chase everyone who flees police as long as they have probable cause.

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