There's a new foot pursuit policy in the Austin, Texas Police Department. From now on, officers in that agency will have to ask themselves a long list of questions before chasing criminal suspects by foot. According to a report in the Austin American Statesman by Tony Plohetski, Austin police officers must evaluate the immediate danger, consider whether a suspect is known and can be arrested later, and ask themselves what would be gained from pursuing the suspect before beginning foot chasesMore from American Police Beat
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We have all witnessed this department make some ridiculous "knee jerk" reactions in the past. I pray we see nothing as absurd as the new foot pursuit policy instituted in the Austin (TX) Police Department.